Follow Friday (11) & TGIF (4): How I Hate Mediocre Books and Might Like Love Stories After All

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Q: What would your prefer: reading your favorite book over and over again until you got sick of it OR reading 100s of mediocre books? And why?

I hate reading mediocre books.  I think I hate mediocre books more than I hate outright bad books. At least bad books are doing well at something where as mediocre books are just blah in every way. Of course I'd rather read my favorite book (or books as deciding my absolute favorite is a near impossibility) over and over again. I'd much rather spend time in worlds that I've already loved and want to revisit. There are so many books that I've read and would love to experience again, but then there's all this new stuff I haven't had a chance to read yet and I have to get to those first.


TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by, where we answer a book-related question and recap our weekly blogging.

Love Stories: What are some of your favorite fictional love stories?

Oh dear, love stories? I can't ever remember books with love stories in them when people ask questions like this.  I think it stems from my childhood reading of Lurlene McDaniel books. If you're unfamiliar with Lurlene McDaniel, she's written dozens of books and most of them involve a teenage love story where at least one person is dying of cancer. I lost count of how many times I read Don't Die My Love when I was a preteen and every time I ended up crying like my friends had all just died.

But that's not the question and I'm not really sure why I just had that flashback moment. My favorite love stories... I've read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights quite a few times and I always have a couple of depressing swoony moments. Oh! The Great Gatsby! I love that book in all its 1920s glamour. I don't know if most people would consider it a love story, but it is a story of unrequited love.

As far as more recent work, I love the faerie tale romance of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and The Time Traveler's Wife destroyed me in a way that sticks with me years later. The romance between Alexia Tarabotti and Lord Maccon in Gail Carriger's Soulless left me giggling like a school girl more than once. In recently YA titles, Cassia and Ky in the Matched series and Rhine and Gabriel in Wither. Oh! And of course Cinder and Prince Kai in Cinder, though that never really reached romance proportions.

Okay, maybe I'm not so heartless and anti-romance after all.  I'm just picky about it.


This week returned us mostly back to our normal schedule.

- I reviewed The Burn by Annie Oldham on Thursday and Volume 7 of Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days) by Bill Willingham on Monday.

- Random Tuesday found some randomness about the upcoming Spider-Man film, background on Cinder, and a list of books I'd hand to a non-reader for Top 10 Tuesday.

- Wednesday found me desperately wanting the upcoming Daniel H. Wilson book, Amped.

- And then last Saturday, I posted two weeks of new books that had entered my life.  It was an insane amount and, thankfully, this week's IMM will be far more reasonable.


What have you guys been reading lately?  Any fun things planned for the weekend?