Fun Fact Friday: Do you prefer books that are character driven or plot driven?

I never thought of reading a book in these terms but I would probably have to say plot driven.

Often times, when there is no plot I find I am disappointed and think, “What was the point of all this?” A good plot keeps the story going and keeps my attention.

Of course, character make up a story line and keep the plot moving but unless I am totally connected with that character, a story that is character driven just doesn’t have the same impact on me as one with a good plot. In a way, I feel that they go hand in hand.


What kind of reader are you? Do you lean toward characters or plots? Let’s discuss!

Fun Fact Friday: What are three books you would recommend people read?

The list is endless but I will have to pick the most recent recommendations I have been making.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

When She WokeWhen She Woke is a fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future, who embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.
Bellwether Prize Winner Hillary Jordan’s provocative new novel is the fiercely imagined story of a woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed – their skin color is genetically altered to match the class of their crime – and then released back into the population to survive as best they can. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder.

I read this book nearly  two years ago and I still think about it. It is the first book that I recommend when someone is asking for a good book to read. It is one of those hidden titles that not many know about but everyone should read.

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Underground AirlinesA young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service in exchange for his freedom. He’s got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called “the Hard Four.” On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn’t right–with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.
As he works to infiltrate the local cell of a abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines, tracking Jackdaw through the back rooms of churches, empty parking garages, hotels, and medical offices, Victor believes he’s hot on the trail. But his strange, increasingly uncanny pursuit is complicated by a boss who won’t reveal the extraordinary stakes of Jackdaw’s case, as well as by a heartbreaking young woman and her child–who may be Victor’s salvation.
Victor believes himself to be a good man doing bad work, unwilling to give up the freedom he has worked so hard to earn. But in pursuing Jackdaw, Victor discovers secrets at the core of the country’s arrangement with the Hard Four, secrets the government will preserve at any cost.
Underground Airlines is a ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more like our own than we’d like to believe.

Definitely a good alternative history story that I read for book club. Another title I would never have thought to read. I am so glad I did. You check out my review here.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

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Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.
However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.
When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

I absolutely loved this book and it gave me a new look on the immigration system in America. You can read my review here.


What books would you recommend? Post in the comments below so we can discuss! 🙂

Fun Fact Friday: Would you rather read books that make you laugh or that make you cry?

Any book that can touch me emotionally is a good one. I have read books that have done both but I will say the ones that hit me the most are the ones that make me cry. I think it is because I am very empathetic and when I read, I feel that I am in that situation. Most times, its because it was life altering event or something profound.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a good laugh. “Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson had tears rolling down my cheeks. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett had me laughing hysterically over the pie incident. Those are just two that I can think of right now but there are others.

Yet, the ones that make me cry hold a special place. Some favorites are “A Man Called Ove,” by Frederick Backman, “The Choice” by Nicholas Sparks (actually all of Sparks books), “Wonder” by R.J.  Palacio, “The Obituary Writer” by Ann Hood and so many more.


What do you prefer? Do you choose books that will make you laugh or books that will make you cry? Let’s discuss. Post in the comments below.

Fun Fact Friday: What is your dream reading space?

I pretty much read anywhere, but my dream spot is in a comfy wingback chair surrounded by books. As with most book lovers I know, my goal is to one day have my own personal library.

I am one step closer to making that dream a reality.

When my boyfriend and I moved in with each other last year, we found a 1,200 square foot apartment that we loved. He had claimed the spare guest bedroom to also serve as his office. That was fine, I had bigger dreams. I claimed a quarter of the living room as my reading nook.

My dream was coming true. My shelves fit just like I wanted and while it took a few months, my mother was able to find a second hand wing chair in beautiful condition that fit perfectly in the corner. The end result was exactly as I envisioned.

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The bookshelves to the left, fit cozily under a window that brings in plenty of sunlight during the day. They also act as my separator between my nook and my desk, which is just off camera.

When we get a house, my goal is to replace the shelves with floor to ceiling shelves but this is more than adequate for now. I love curling up in this chair on my days off and getting lost in my books.


Do you have a reading space? What is your dream spot? Post in the comments below.

Fun Fact Friday: Would you rather read 20 of your favorite books or read all new books?

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That is a hard question but if push came to shove, I would have to say I would read all new books. I am just too curious a person not to find out what the next book has to offer. Every book is a new adventure to a new world with new conflicts and new characters. It’s why I love to read.

Besides, I can never forget my favorites. They have been given that title for a reason. They either have stayed with me or I loved the characters and the plot so much I will never forget it.

Fun Fact Friday: Do you prefer paperbacks or hard covers?

When it comes to buying a book I prefer paperbacks. They are softer, lighter to carry, are easier to work with and CHEAPER. Yet, most new books come out in hard cover, which is so infuriating but if I don’t want to wait months for the paperback, I will suck it up.

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Also, it is very rare that I buy books any more. I frequent my local libraries and hardcovers are the majority. Which I totally understand. Hardcovers last longer. There is a paperback section at the library that I can go to but either they don’t have the book or if they do, the book is so beat up that I just get the hardcover.

Trials and tribulations of being a picky bookworm.


Do you have a preference? Post in the comments below.

If you have an idea for a future Fun Fact Friday or something you want to know about me, please share and I will be sure to use it with a link to your blog in a future post.

What inspired your blog name?

This isn’t an either/or question but I felt like mixing it up a little this week because I need to resolve my curiosity. It amazes me every day how many of us book bloggers are out there and how unique each of the blog names are. So I am curious, how did you come up with that name.

Mine is by far not as creative as others I have seen but I have my own reasons for my name.

Upon entering high school, I already knew I wanted to be a journalist when I grew up but was dismayed to learn the high school didn’t have a school newspaper. Taking action, I wrote a letter to the principal explaining why the school needed one. I remember him reading it right there during my lunch period. When he was done, he looked my way and motioned me over. He asked me if I had written it and when I nodded he said it was well done. I vaguely recall saying something to the effect that I was an admirer of the written word. He was impressed. Suffice it to say, next school year, we had a budget for a school newspaper.

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That simple line helped propel me on a path that would lead to where I am today. So when I started this blog, I tried to think of something catchy or play on words but then realized I wanted to pay homage to what started it all. Because in fact, I am an admirer of the written word.

I remember as a kid, always being excited to get a new book and reading the first lines of the book and how they skipped across the page. I liked reading aloud because I liked to hear how the words sounded in a sentence. I remember, at an early age, writing short stories for fun because I liked creating my own sentences and paragraphs.

Even now, so many years later, there are times I still get giddy with excitement when I read a new book. There are times, when I will stop to admire how an author just expressed a particular point or described a scene. I don’t think it will ever get old.

Yours truly,

Book Admirer

 

 

Fun Fact Friday: First or third person POV?

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POV is never a factor in what books I read. I usually find out the POV when I open the cover and begin to read.

I will say that the majority of books that I read is third person narrative so when I do read first person, its a nice change.It’s simpler to read and I get through those book fairly quickly. I read somewhere that first person narrative is consider the “easy way out” for writers so its probably why I find more third person narrative.

Fun Fact Friday: Stand-a-lones or trilogies/series?

It goes without saying that we want to know what happens to our favorite characters at the end of a good book. We are sorry that it has to end. So when a trilogy or a series comes around, we are ecstatic because we get to be with them for a little longer.

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However, I must say that I kind of enjoy not knowing. There is a reason why an author has ended a book a certain way and I enjoy thinking about the “what ifs” of my characters. I like to daydream about where they  can go or what can they can do. I don’t want it wrapped up with a nice little bow.

And to be honest, sometimes adding a second or third book can just kill it. I have seen many reviews for Jojo Moyes’ latest book “Still Me” the third book in the “Me Before You”  series and almost everyone has said they were nervous about it because they were worried that they weren’t going to enjoy it as much. Isn’t that a sign? While it happened that the reviews were all good that is not always the case. It’s like the movies. A movie gets so much buzz they decide to make a sequel and its a complete flop. Why? Because there was never supposed to be a sequel. Why can’t we just enjoy what we have?

I have read very few trilogies or series and most of them because of the hype, ie. “The Hunger Games” “Twilight” “Fifty Shades of Grey” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” I enjoyed them but I am glad they ended. By the third book, I was done. For example, I didn’t think “Mockingjay” brought any real substance to the Hunger Games trilogy. I just felt like it was the same of what I had been reading. There was nothing new. The first one was by far the best. I have yet to read the fourth book of the Dragon Tattoo series because A) it’s from a different author B) I liked where the series had ended. JUST LEAVE IT ALONE!

I know I’m ranting here. Sorry not sorry. Yes, sometimes a series is good but I just don’t feel like every book needs to be made into one.

Yours truly,

Book Admirer


Which side of the spectrum do you fall under? Remember, there is no wrong answer. Share in the comments below! 

Do you have a Fun Fact idea? Is there something you would like to know about me? Let me know and I will include it in a future Fun Fact Friday post.

Fun Fact Friday: Fiction or nonfiction?

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When it comes to personal reading time, it’s fiction all the way. I probably read one or two nonfiction books a year.

This shouldn’t be a shocker and I know I am hardly the only one. What I love about reading is escaping reality and experiencing an imaginary world with characters I would never meet on the street.

I think the other reason why I like fiction so much, especially now, is because my daytime job is reading news all day long. So technically, if we count my job, I read a lot of nonfiction. But like I said this post is about personal reading.

Now if I had to narrow down my fiction reading, that would be a lot harder. I read everything and anything. I am not scared to delve into a random genre. If it catches my attention, whether on the jacket or by reading the front page, then I read it. Plain and simple.

Do you have a preference? Fiction or nonfiction or both? Do you have an idea for Fun Fact Friday? Let’s discuss! Share in the comments below. 🙂