oh, i have an unofficial resolution to read library books this year. i hate the pressure of having to return a book so then i end up not reading them. i intend to change that this year; subsequently, the image below is one of my own & not
pilfered offborrowed from pinterest!
i was tagged by "the splendor falls on castle walls"
The 5 Books I Would Rage-Quit Immediately
AN OVER-HYPED BOOK || You are in a bookstore when the zombies attack. Over the loudspeakers you hear the military announce that over-hyped books are the zombies' only weakness. What over-hyped book will you chuck at the zombies?
I'm gonna go with One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. No, I'm gonna go with the whole shelf of them because the book isn't that large (thank goodness). Inspirational Christian literature written by women usually gives me hives just thinking about; this one, I had the misfortune of trying to read shortly after my daughter was born & I was neck-deep in postpartum anxiety + depression. Oh yeah, it opens with a retelling of her little sister getting hit + killed by a truck. Thanks. That's exactly what a hormone-ravaged young mother wants to read. Sure thing. HELL NO.
NOTE: if you want to know where God is when life is tough & why bad things happen to people, maybe spend some time reading the Old Testament & less contemporary Christian inspirational literature.
RUNNER-UP: Game of Thrones, even though I haven't actually read any of them. Periodically, I think, "Oh, maybe those would be cool to - " SMACK. JENNY. GET IT TOGETHER.
A SEQUEL || You are caught in a torrential downpour and you're probably the type who melts when you get wet. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself.
My original draft of Adamantine. XD I was going to go with my original draft for Ethandune, but the Adamantine draft was more substantial & would potentially provide more coverage + time to get me through the rain. Yes, I have no qualms about using my old manuscripts as umbrellas. They should not see the light of day anyway.
EDIT: I'm counting this as a sequel because it is looseishly tied to Plenilune & is therefore readable directly after my published novel & is kind of like a sequel if you squint + you're drunk + you don't look up the definition of "sequel" in the dictionary thanks.
A CLASSIC || You're in English class and your professor won't stop going on about a classic that "revolutionized literature". Personally you think the classic is garbage and you decide to express your opinion by hurling the book at his head. What classic is that?
Ooh, that's a difficult choice. I think I'll go with The Odyssey, followed closely (& literally) by Le Morte D'Arthur. I can only conclude that editors were not an established demographic for literature during antiquity, otherwise the rambling saga of Odysseus' "journey" home would have been a lot shorter (I thought he didn't even want to go to Troy??). And for being a book about the death of one of the greatest legends in British history, Le Morte D'Arthur is largely nonsense. UTTER nonsense. I feel like you could give the general outline of the plot to Tumblr, & Tumblr would craft a better, more interesting, + far more plausible story.
go for it, tumblr
A LEAST-FAVOURITE BOOK || You're hanging out at a bookstore when global warming somehow manages to to turn the whole world into a frozen wasteland. Naturally, your only hope of survival is to burn a book. Which book would you not regret tossing into the fire?
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. First of all, don't try rewriting so complex a book as Hosea; not a good idea. Second: if you do, maybe try making it a little more subtle...? Explicit allegory is good when, say, Bunyan does it - not when another inspirational female Christian author does it. And thirdly: hEH BLEH don't write bodice-rippers in the name of Christ oh my lands.
A SERIES || There's a flooded stream you have to cross on your quest and you can't get your feet wet. Which series (you have an undetectable extension charm on your purse) will you use as stepping stones?
Ironically, The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin. I really wanted to like these! I thought they were going to be a cool new world. But alas, I was underwhelmed. I am unabashedly in favour of the film "Tales From Earthsea" over the books, because the pose + plots were lacklustre to me, but the film was done by a Miyazaki, so how could you go wrong...?
there you have it, folks! five books that make me angry + that i wouldn't hesitate to utilize at the expense of their existence. p.s. we are of course vastly better than these books; standing on the moral high ground helps you throw when you have scant arm strength.
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