Friday Book Blogger Hop
Thank you to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer for hosting this weekly meme, which starts on a Friday and ends the following Thursday. There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.
This weeks question for 31st – Aug. 6th is – “If you haven’t read a book in awhile and someone asks about a character or the plot, can you recall the details?” (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
The answer is very much dependent on the book in question. Over the last few years I’ve become increasingly stingy with my 5 stars. I use them like confetti on Amazon, since 3 stars or less is considered negative. However on my blog and on Goodreads I use them much more sparingly. I also have a shelf for 5+ star reads. Those books that just have that magical something extra. Stories that buried their way into my heart and soul, and they are the books that would have me answering an emphatic “Yes” to Elizabeth’s question.
For instance, I could tell you about the meaning of chicken noodle soup in Comfort Food, or pennies in My Torin. I could tell you how Ren and Delta stole my heart in The Boy and His Ribbon, before completely shattering it in The Girl and Her Ren. Tears are gathering in my eyes just thinking about that heartbreaking read. I might say how Wishing Well by Lily White reduced me to a heaving, sobbing mess, or how much I loved Kesh, Kellee, Talen, Sota, Arran and Sirius in The Messenger Chronicles. It might just be how a little, elephant-like, purple, bot helped Emery adjust to her new life in Acquired Possession or perhaps how very taboo The Wild by K. Webster was.
However the truth of the matter is that it’s only a very small proportion of the books I read for which I could give that answer of “yes”. I started using Goodreads as a place to review and set reading goals in 2017 (very late to the party I know!). In that year I read 439 books. It was also the year that nearly broke me, I was out of control with arc reading and really overstretched myself. In 2018 I read 337 books and last year 307, though neither of those figures include the books that I beta read (often more than once). I’m on about 160 so far this year, so if you add those figures up, I’ve read over 1000 books in less than 4 years. Some would have been DNF’s, some I might have skimmed parts, but most I’ve ploughed through from start to finish. For a lot of them, the well written ones that touched me emotionally, I can recall limited details and main plot points. There are others that, even after I’ve read the blurb and my review, I no longer remember at all.
I can recall limited details from some books I read in my 20’s, over half a lifetime ago. I still vividly recall the King Kong pastiche scene from Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett, of a gigantic women climbing the side of a high tower, clutching an orangutan in her hand.