What Makes Me Like ( or Dislike) a Book: Discussion Post

Every reader is different and what makes a great book for some, makes a horrible books for other. I’d thought it’d been fun to look at a couple of books that I’ve read in these past few months that I’ve loved and some books that I haven’t liked quite as much, to try to determine what exactly make me like or dislike a book.

Books I Have Loved So Far This Year.

1. A Spark of Light By Jodi Picoult

What Made Me Love The Book:

1. The way the story was told in reverse chronological order.

2. The way that Picoult managed me to feel sympathy for even the most despicable of characters.

3. How she took a topic that is extremely controversial and managed to discuss it with tact through the use of amazingly complex characters.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

2. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

What Made Me Love The Book:

1.The swoon worthy romance.

2. The amazing character development.

3. The little bits of humour and intense emotional moments that made the book 1000x stronger

Rating: 4/5 Stars

3. Emma Mills’ Books

What Made Me Love Her Books:

1.The on-point humour that all her protagonists have that cause me to laugh out loud multiple times

2. The amazing balance between family, friendship and romance.

3. The serious moments amongst the fluff that left me feeling numb.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

4. The Nightingale by Kristen HannahMy

What Made Me Love This Book:

1. The unique take on a time in history that has been done to death.

2. The amazing use of dual perspective.

3. All the feels that this book made me go through which escalated into a perfectly bitter-sweet ending.

My Rating:5/5 Stars

5. Solitaire by Alice Oseman

What Made Me Love The Book:

1. The authentic teenage voice of the main character.

2. The extremely on point pop culture references.

3. The melancholy vibe that made me feel so incredibly seen.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

In Conclusion: So based on these books, it seems that I really like to have my heart torn apart while reading and I need to have amazing complex characters. If there are touches of humour or humour, then that would make the book all the better.

Books That I Did Not Love So Far This Year

1. Pretending To Dance by Diane Chamberlain

What I Didn’t Like About The Book:

1. The buildup to the big reveal was extremely disappointing.

2. None of the character’s justifications for her actions made any sense.

My Rating; 2/5 Stars

2.The One And The Only by Emily Griffin

1. There was a disgusting romance between the main character and her best-friend’s recently widowed father.

2. The dialogue was super unnatural and there were an over abundance ellipses and italics.

Rating: 1/5 Stars

3.The Devil in The Flesh by Raymond Radiguet.

1. The main character was the most insufferable asshole I’ve ever had the displeasure of encountering.

2. It was sooo boring and even though it was only like 150 pages, it felt like it dragged on for 1000 pages.

My Rating: 1/5 Stars

4.The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

My Rating: 2/5 Stars

1. The pacing was really bad and the author focused on all the wrong things.

2. The world building was really lacklustre and were so many unanswered questions.

Conclusion: It seems like there are many things that make me dislike a book, but I think the biggest thing is if there is an insufferable character or just a lot of plot points that don’t make any sense.

What About You? What Makes You Like or Dislike a Book? Let Me Know in The Comments Down Below!

Just For Clicks By Kara McDowell Blog Tour ( Review + US Giveaway)

Goodreads Summary:

Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .

About The Author:

Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. As the middle of five children, Kara entertained her family on long road trips by reading short mystery stories out loud and forcing everyone to guess the conclusion. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in English Literature, Kara worked as a freelance writer. Now she writes young adult novels from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.

Find Kara Online:

Website/ Goodreads/ Twitter

Buy Just For Clicks:

Barnes & Nobles/ Amazon/ Book Depository

My Rating:4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an

honest review.

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My Thoughts:

The phenomenon of internet fame is one that I found fascinating and it’s a subject that I love seeing being discussed in books. It’s mind-boggling to me that there are people out there who are famous basically for just existing. Before Just For Clicks, I had a vague idea on how popular mommy bloggers were, but this book really shed light on a subject that I had never really thought about before. I absolutely loved seeing Claire’s struggle between wanting to make her mother and sister happy, and removing herself from the spotlight. The discussion about internet culture that occurred throughout the book was super fascinating and it made me think a lot about the role internet fame plays in our society. There’s always a danger for subject like these to sound preachy, but that wasn’t the case in this book which I really appreciated. I really liked how Kara McDowell showed both the ugly and glamorous parts of fame. One that thing I think could’ve been addressed a little more was the enormous amount of privilege that Claire had because of her fame. There were off-hand comments where she did acknowledge her privilege but it still rubbed me the wrong way.

No contemporary is truly complete without a swoon-worthy love interest, and Just For Clicks definitely delivered with Rafael. He was super sweet and caring and basically everything I could ask for in a love interest. It was so excruciating to have to read through so many near-kisses, wondering each time if this would be the time where one of them would finally reveal their GODAMN FEELINGS. Even if it was definitely frustrating, it made them getting together all the more satisfying. Claire and Rafael’s chemistry were to die for and I just wish there was less miscommunication drama and more swoon worthy moments.

I expected this book to be a pretty run of the mill contemporary, but McDowell hit me with some unexpected and heartbreaking plot moments. There was a point in the book that had me gasp aloud which like very rarely happens. At times I did find Claire’s reaction to this particular plot point to be a little stubborn but I did appreciated her development and her end reaction to it.

I really appreciate all the relationships in this book but I especially love the dynamic between Claire and Poppy. It felt very realistic to me and the author did a great job of depicting the love-hate relationship that so many siblings have. Things became especially complicated as the story progressed, and I love seeing how their relationship shifted throughout the novel. While I really did like their relationship, I would’ve appreciated a few more moments where we really get to see their sisterhood shine.

Giveaway (US Only)

Ends February 22nd 2019.

Have You Read Just For Clicks? Do You Want To? Let Me Know In The Comments Down Below

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