Yep, another one. 5 more books, let’s see how well I do this time at getting rid of some on my Want to Read. I don’t think I’m doing too bad at the moment – the first book for today is number 66, but with 26 lots of 5 I’ve actually gone through 130 books! Maybe there is hope for my Want to Read after all.
Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5/10/however many books. If done again, start from where you left off.
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: should it stay or should it go?
So, no mention of zombies in the blurb but the genres/shelves do show this is a zombie novel. Okay, strange virus released, something to do with governments and testing and…look at that cover. I kind of can’t stop looking at the cover? This is a 620 page book according to Goodreads, and I don’t see why a book with this premise has to be so long! Not to mention…look, I know they say “Don’t judge a book by the cover” but honestly if as an author they’re not willing to put effort into making a cover that is readable, I’m left to wonder at the lack of effort in the writing itself.
This sounds intriguing based on the premise alone, but I also read one of his other ‘coming of age’ books (Pandora’s Gun) and wasn’t fussed. Considering that, and the male focus of this book, it just doesn’t interest me anymore. I don’t think I’m the particular audience for his work.
I’m assuming this is on here thanks to one of my “maybe I should read more Literary Fiction” phases. I tried, I did, and most of it just…grated on me. There is some fantastic stuff out there, but this one seems a bit too far removed from what I tend to enjoy, and I’m past the point of wanting to read something for the sake of reading it.
Ah this one is very easy. Okay, so when this was first announced it should have been something I jumped at, but I’d read The Casual Vacancy and was not impressed in the slightest (the TV adaption though was very good). It made me realise how…not a good writer JKR is, despite my love (back then) for HP. Others told me after that actually this one was good, I should give it a chance, etc. I never got round to it, and considering the last couple of years, I’m not wasting my money on someone like that, to be perfectly honest. This one is definitely a goner.
I actually really like the sound of this. Lots of sci-fi elements which normally might put me off a touch, but this sounds like it’s got some really great other aspects to it, too, combining various subgenres of fantasy and sci-fi. I’d definitely be happy to give this a go, for sure.
So there we have it! Four more taken off the way too big Want to Read shelf. I’ve said it before, but I really am finding it fascinating to see how much my tastes have shifted over the years. And this year I am determined to at least actually read some of the earlier books on my Want to Read! Hopefully I can knock a few more off that way, too.