Today for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, it’s all about the bookish internet. Where do you go on the web to find great reading and writing resources? Although I’m partial to reading books on writing, there are a few sites or apps that I frequent when I’m looking for a good book review or some much needed advice:
- Sarah Selecky – For the writerly folk out there, this is my favourite place to go when I’m looking for great resources, well-written posts and excellent advice. (As a bonus, Sarah Selecky’s online writing school is excellent).
- Litsy – I’m a fan of bite-sized book reviews, so I like to check Litsy when I want new book recommendations. The community is also extremely friendly, with book swaps and buddy reads an ongoing event. It’s a fun way to meet other book nerds!
- Book Fight – While not a website, this literary podcast is equal parts hilarious and informative. Not only do the hosts have interesting conversations about books, but I love all of their weird and wonderful segments, like “raccoon watch” and “fan fiction corner.”
- Literary Hub – This site has everything from publishing news, to fascinating essays. There’s always some new perspective to consider!
- Book Riot – I’m a fan of Book Riot for their short, interesting bookish articles. In particular, I like that they cover several different sub-sections of book related topics, such as “gifts for book lovers” or “book lover travel destinations” as well as reviews and listicles.
- Netgalley – If you are a voracious reader and also like to write reviews, Netgalley is a great place to request galleys!
- Off the Shelf – This is a great place to find any sort of curated book list to satisfy any of your literary cravings.
- The Rumpus – While this site isn’t just about books, there are fun comics, essays and all sorts of good reading to be had.
- McSweeney’s – I love this site! It’s hilarious. Seriously, though, if you want to laugh so hard that you pee yourself, this is the place to go.
- Publisher’s Weekly – This one is more from a publisher’s standpoint, but it can also be useful for aspiring writers and other bookish folk who might be looking to get an inside scoop on upcoming releases.
I don’t always participate in Top Ten Tuesday, which is a blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, but this one caught my attention. I’m not the kind of reader who doggedly slogs through a book that I’m not enjoying. If I don’t like a book, or if it just doesn’t grab me in the first fifty or maybe one-hundred pages, I set it aside. Most of the time, it’s with the promise that I will return to the book when my narrative taste buds hunger for something else, but sometimes, I just don’t go back. I’ve even been known to (only once!) throw a book in the garbage (gasp!) because I really, really didn’t like it. (Book lovers, I promise that it was only once and I –probably — won’t do it again).
So here’s a list of books that I (sort of, maybe) promise to return to. You know, one of these days…
- Jane Steele, by Lindsay Faye – Reader, I’m sure this is a great book, but I didn’t make it past the first few pages.
- Origin, by Dan Brown – Will God survive science? I have no idea… I got about half-way through and just… I don’t know. I figured that he’d save the world, I just wasn’t sure that I cared how he did it this time. Sorry, Professor Langdon. Maybe I’ll join you on your next adventure.
- The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins – Bizarre alien-like angel things! A mysterious library! A murder mystery! And yet… I set it down after the first two chapters. This is one that I might actually pick up again. #lies
- Hausfrau, by Jill Alexander Essbaum – Hausfrau might have been described as “Madame Bovary meets Fifty Shades of Grey,” but I never quite made it past the Bovary parts.
- The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling – I found the lack of Harry Potter disturbing.
- The Death Cure, by James Dashner – It was better when they were being chased by weird, creepy aliens in a maze.
- Catch 22, by Joseph Heller – This one is a mystery. My husband reads it once a year and laughs hysterically.
- Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo – I started this one on the plane ride home from Norway, but…maybe I was just too tired to finish it.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant might be completely fine, but I found the plot just a bit too slow at first.
- The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss – I started this one three times, each time only reaching the very start of the story that Kvothe tells. Then, one day I got stuck on a long car ride through the fog and suddenly, I was hooked. When I finished it, I was glad that I did. Maybe this one doesn’t count officially as a DNF, but it makes me think that there is still hope for the other books on this list…
Sorry books that I DNF! I might just come back to you later…
What books have you left on a shelf in favour of something else? What makes you set down a book for good?