30 Day Book Challenge: Day 13

picsart_1375358545585Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.

Day 13: Your Favorite Author

I want you all to know that I really tried. I really tried to pick someone other than J.K. Rowling but in the end, she’s the one. Not only did she write THE most brilliant series the world has ever seen, but we’ve seen from The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling that she can write in other areas and most importantly, WRITE IT WELL.

Let’s look at the Harry Potter series first, shall we?

J.K. Rowling has created a cultural phenomenon with her Harry Potter series and is more than likely the most successful living author today. Even if you don’t like fantasy you have to admit that these books are incredibly intricate. Her stories say so many things and are woven together like a puzzle piece so that connections are strung together every which way. Separately and as a whole, J.K. Rowling has created a masterpiece, plain and simple.

Now, let’s consider The Casual Vacancy.

Complete opposite of Harry Potter, The Casual Vacancy is steeped in reality; it is about the stark truth and bleak normality of the ordinary human life. This novel is not my favorite story by any means, but it is a GOOD story. Every single character was three-dimensional and well fleshed out. They all acted according to their development and circumstances. The story was believable and like Harry Potter had many things to say about the human condition. J.K. Rowling shows that she can go from fantasy to social drama in the blink of an eye like it’s easy peasy. That’s talent.

Finally, but not least, The Cuckoo’s Calling.

…Okay, so I haven’t actually read this one yet, but give me a break! I’m a broke college student that has an expensive hobby, I can’t buy every book I want– no matter how much I want it…oh and I want it. I included it however because I have heard that J.K. Rowling pulls off another great novel with real characters and a compelling story. Since it’s J.K Rowling, I can believe it.

Whether you like or not, you got to have some respect for her. She has shaped children’s fiction today and is proving that her talented is not limited to any one area. The woman is a genius and thusly, my favorite author.

Who is your favorite author? Do you have more than one? Share it below and happy reading!

The Need to Finish

finishHello readers, fellow book lovers, brilliant beings! I need to ask you all a question of the utmost importance.

Would you call a person weird if that person was determined to finish a novel they hated? What would you say if they then went further and stubbornly read a whole series they didn’t enjoy one bit?

Yes, we are talking about me. I have a serious stubborn streak (which I hope isn’t too obvious) that fills me with this dire need to not only finish novels I hate, but a whole series that I can’t stand. What’s my diagnosis?

I recently read Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast. I was very open with my opinion on it in which I stated that it was offensive and awful. While it might be normal to finish a novel you don’t like for the sake of a review, I don’t think it’s quite ‘normal’ to finish the series. That’s right, the novel I stated was a cheap gimmick was only the first of many novels in a series that I continued to read.

I didn’t like them.

They only got worse as I went on.

I could have been reading GREAT (or even good) novels during that time.

But none of those thoughts stopped me, I simply could not fight the urge to finish. What’s funny is this is not an accurate representation of my life. In life, I’m perfectly fine not finishing things and procrastinate on each and every assignment before me. So why, when it comes to reading do I have to finish novels even though they are awful?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated and once again, thank you for reading. Have a lovely evening!

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