Discussion: Do Big Books Intimidate You?

Today’s discussion post is brought to you by bringing home Lonesome Dove from the library and THEN realizing it was written in 1986! YIKES! 600* pages of 20th century American writing? Good luck to me…

*Did I say 600? It’s closer to 900.

So I notice a lot on social media, especially Bookstagram, that a lot of people talk about how intimidated they are by long books. This is often cited as the reason for purchasing but not reading The Priory of the Orange Tree and Jane Eyre in particular. And I get it, those books are long. I know a lot of people set massive reading goals for themselves, and it can be hard to read 20 books a month if one of them is 800 pages long. Even if that isn’t you, long books can be scary. What if you don’t like it? What if it’s long AND slow? What if it takes you forever and you have to give it back to the library before you’re done? What if you lose interest halfway through?

Personally, it’s never been much of a deterrent for me. Maybe it’s because I read The Lord of the Rings in 7th grade and therefore became immune, lol. Also, people don’t have any problem reading a series that goes on for 6+ books, and that’s a lot more to read. I just see my long books as a whole trilogy wrapped up in one convenient package! Also, it doesn’t get worse the longer it goes on, so double plus!

But, on the other hand, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m terrified of the idea of Lonesome Dove. I usually love long classics, but I’m not a huge fan of 20th century literature. And I’ve never read a Western. So I’m not sure if I’m going to like it, and it’s a really long book to slug through if I don’t…

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Six Degrees of Separation: Atonement to Wolf Hall

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly blog event hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavoriteandbest. This is my first time participating, and I’m pretty excited. My brother-in-law play 6 Degrees every weekend, movie version of course, and I always thought about how this could be applied bookishly.

If you’ve never played the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, the idea is that any actor can be connected to Kevin Bacon by going through other actors they were in movies with in six actors or less. You don’t have to connect to Kevin Bacon if you don’t want, you can use any two actors. For example, can you connect Julia Roberts to Steve Carrell? I can do it in one…

This month we’re starting with Atonement by Ewan McEwan.

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My Life in Books Tag

Happy (almost) 2018 everyone! New Years has never been one of my favorite holidays. Personally I can’t understand why we would wait til January for new beginnings, just start NOW. But I AM really looking forward to 2018 and what it is going to bring, especially for my blog.

Thanks to Naty at Naty’s Bookshelf for tagging me in this one! I think it’s a great one to roll out the new year with, and let you all get to know me just a little better.

As usual, any prompt that requires me to use my bookshelf will use the Goodreads random feature.

Find a book for each of your initials.

I liked how Naty spelled out her name instead. That’s more fun. So I’m doing that. (Get over it.)

Kite Runner (oooo, depressing choice!)

And Then There Were None (one of my top choices of 2017!)

Two Towers (LOTR is my all-time favorite!)

Inheritance (easily the WORST book on this list…)

Eleanor & Park (<3)

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Disney Sidekicks Book Tag

I usually post a tag on Sunday, because tags are fun. But I haven’t been tagged for one in a while. (Come on buddies, step it up!) So I went hunting for one in my reader. And of course, anything with Disney is going to catch my eye. I saw this tag on Books and Other Pursuits, go and check her out!


Mushu: Favorite hilarious character or comedy/funny book

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As I mentioned earlier this week on The Calendar Girls, Where’d You Go Bernadette is the funniest book I have ever read. Even my husband loved it! It’s a unique book too, told almost completely using documents, rather than in narrative form. I highly recommend to anyone who loves satire.  Continue reading “Disney Sidekicks Book Tag”

Review: The Name of the Wind

186074The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Maturity Level: 3
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆


Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. 

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. 


Probably one of the best modern fantasy novels I’ve read. The Name of the Wind wasn’t as explicitly fantastical and you might expect, and the subtlety of the magic and other fantastical elements gave the book a feeling of realism often not found in the genre. I also loved how Kvothe included stories within his story. Learning about the mythology of his land in the haphazard way that he would have learned it, rather than the linear way so often presented to us, was captivating.

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