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I did the thing I do now and then: Since I have 200+ books on my Kindle waiting to be read, I went to the last page and picked books to read from there. If I don't force myself to pick from the oldest books, I'll never get to them since they keep getting buried. The below were the three oldest books I had waiting to be read.

Timebound by Rysa Walker
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



Good YA books are enjoyable by readers of any age, but I guess you can't blame a YA book for not hooking an adult reader. There was nothing wrong with this book, it just didn't interest me at all.

Main character was a teenager with a challenging relationship with her mother. Her grandmother had a magical necklace. I just wasn't interested in the characters at all, and the magic didn't hook me.

Point read to: 3%

The Ear, The Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



I had heard such good things about this book, but the writing didn't work for me at all and I wasn't interested in the characters. The magic system was unique, but didn't work for me. (Magic users could Praise people, listing all the positive things about them, and it drugged them? Put them into a stupor? Something like that).

Point read to: 5%

Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



Book #4 in the series, but I read the others so long ago, I didn't remember them at all. The series started when something knocked the moon closer to Earth, and so there was lots of destruction and almost everyone died.

I'm not sure if the writing in this later book changed or I did, but it totally and completely didn't work for me. The characters were unpleasant and I didn't believe the situation at all.

Edit: Goodreads says it was the book, not me. The reviews there are amusingly bad -- the worst reviews I've ever seen in my time on Goodreads! A much better read than the book itself.

Point read to: 5%

Running tally of unfinished books (the math of keeping track of this is going to doom me):
Point reached in these books: 3% + 5% + 5% = 13%
Previous abandoned book total: 54%
New total: 13% + 54% = 67% (running total of two book + 67% towards the next)

Currently reading: Mammoth Dawn by Kevin J Anderson and Gregory Benford

Date: 2017-04-07 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] resonant.livejournal.com
Sad that Pfefffer went downhill, but thank you for pointing out those reviews!

Date: 2017-04-07 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thistle-chaser.livejournal.com
very sad, yeah. And you're welcome!

Date: 2017-04-07 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] resonant.livejournal.com
Kevin J. Anderson is on my don't-bother-reading-even-if-free list, but Benford is on my used-to-write-good-stuff list. How's the book?

Date: 2017-04-07 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thistle-chaser.livejournal.com
So far, just a tiny bit into it (just the intro) I'm liking it. I skimmed the Goodreads reviews of it though (something I don't usually do, since I like to avoid spoilers), and I suspect I won't be reading it all. Apparently the book is a novella + their notes for making it into a book... So I'll read the novella, then abandon the rest if that's true.

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