This or That? #82

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This or That? #82

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

Have you ever heard of/read steampunk?

I have most definitely heard of Steampunk and I have even actually read a couple of Steampunk books…I think they have comics as well, in that genre?….I think?

I had a hard time getting into the books that I read, I kept reading them novels, but I don’t think Steampunk is the theme for me…I’ll leave it too the younger generation. I think it is definitely for people who are interested in that type of genre. The books that I read were not badly written or anything, I was just not interested in that particular theme.

23 Best Steampunk Book…Best Sci Fi books . com

This or That? #81

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This or That? #81

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

Do you reread books often?

(By often, I mean are there multiple books that you have read more than twice)

I am SO guilty of this, I am constantly doing this. I guess that’s why I don’t always buy a lot of books, but one of my Christmas presents from my brother was a $100 Dymocks vouchers. I’ve already bought a couple of new books that I’m reading now. It’s funny really because I am being really careful, making a new wishlist for myself. I haven’t spent it all in one go.

At the same though the reason I reread these books is because I love them and with some of them I find, you always see something new or different. Sometimes as well though, depending on what you’re going through at the same time you reread the book, you may find that you see the book or character from a different point of view.

Sometimes though it’s just nice to reread a familiar book that you just know you are going to enjoy. You don’t have to worry whether or not you’ll enjoy it and if you don’t and you spent money on it, then you don’t feel like it was a waste of money. Then you don’t feel like your day or relaxation time was wasted. Which is why a lot of the time if I’m interested I’ll go to the Library first and check it out.

This or That? #79

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This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

This week I want to know…

Do you have a favorite book that is nonfiction?

I can honestly say that I have a lot of non fiction books and I love to read them, but they are mainly books about ancient History. A lot of the non fiction books that I’ve now, I’ve had for most of my life, or they’ve been passed down to me. I haven’t really bought a new non fiction book for a while. I find them fascinating. I love to read about Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece. All of them.

So there isn’t really one book I could highly recommend for people. I would more press you and recommend to buy yourself a series of books of the ancients worlds. Treat yourself and buy not just Ancient Greece, but from all over the world. I have so many different encyclopedias’ of each ancient world. The Ancient world that I am most familiar with is Ancient Greece. The Ancient world I am mostly unfamiliar with though is the Norse world. I do have my eyes on this one though:

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Arthur Cotterell is probably one of the best authors on the ancient worlds.

The Encyclopedia of Mythology: Classical, Celtic, Norse. Written by Arthur Cotterell.

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This or That? #77

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This or That? #77

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

When reading a series are you more likely to read each book upon release or wait until the entire series is complete?

*”It depends” is not an option*

Most of the time I will wait for the whole series to come out and then read it all in one go. Also though I usually will only get the first book of a series and THEN decide if I want to continue on. I try not to listen to the band wagon anymore, as I found in the past that I get swept up in it all and then go back later and realised I didn’t actually enjoy it that much. Then I’ve spent all this money on a series I don’t actually enjoy and can’t afford to the series I do want!

So now I make sure that I only get the first series in a book and then if I really enjoy it, I will then get the rest of the series in one way or another!

This or That? #76

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This or That? #76

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

Here’s the scenario for this week…..

You’ve just finished book 3 in a series of 6. Book 1 was good, 2 was great, but the one you just finished was…. “meh.” What do you do?

Finish the series ~ Call it quits ~ Put it back on your TBR to finish later

This is an interesting concept because sometimes I find that it depends on the series and if I’ve liked the first couple of books. I would persevere with it mainly because if I’ve already started it, I am going to want to know how it ends. There would be no way that I could start a series and not be able to not finish it. I might however give it a bit of a break to begin with and then get back to it a little later, but I would always end up getting back to it at some point. I just cannot leave anything unfinished! I’ve also found that not every single book in a series is going to be fantastic, they always need that one book in the series that explains and describe things, rather than have things actually happen.

This or That? #75

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This or That? #75

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

Do you buy most of your books brand new or used?

I have to say and I am kind of ashamed to say this, but most of mine are new, then I probably have a lot of hand me down types of books. So I don’t really have a lot of “used”books” apart from the hand me downs.

This or that? #74

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This or That? #74

This week Bookmark Chronicles wants to know….

Are there any books that you keep saying you’ll read, but haven’t gotten to yet?

(Maybe it’s a classic, one by your favorite author, or one that’s super popular and you’re interested but other things have gotten in the way)

I think this is a definite problem for me, I tend to reread the same books over and over again, while buying new books that I promise I’ll get into, but it just never happens. I am such a bad procrastinator, that it just takes over and sometimes I actually have to read a book I have already read and like, before I can get into the mood to read one I have been trying to read.

The book that I am currently starting to read that I can’t start reading. I had at one point even had it up on my Goodreads as a book I was currently reading, and then had to take it off, because I didn’t start reading it after all. The School of Good and Evil, author Soman Chainani. I bought this book, last year, on the Australian Election Day, 2nd July 2016, and have been starting to read it on and off ever since. I think that I have started to read it at least three different times. Then Christmas came along and I received all the books I had asked for, so now it’s been put on the back-burner again.

This or That? #73

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This or That? #73

This week Bookmark Chronicles (please check them out) would like to know:

Are there any authors that you strongly dislike? Who are they and why?

(This could be overall, maybe you can’t get into their writing, don’t like the characters/world they create, or any other reason that has turned you away)

Shall I do it? Yes I shall…The author I probably dislike the most is E.L. James…The author of the famous book series “50 Shades of Grey”.

The reason for my dislike has nothing to do with the overall theme of the books. I have no problem with BDSM, I don’t do it myself, but I really honestly don’t care if you do. I also have a few acquaintances, that do work in the field. From what they told me the books are such a bad misrepresentation of the field. It makes me wonder if EL James actually even bothered to do any research.

I felt like the writing was just kind of bad as well. It seems to have odd descriptions and I guess what you might call a lot of “lazy descriptions”. I did actually try reading it, even though I actually just don’t enjoy the Genre of romance in books at all. I just barely got through the first chapter. I just felt the book could have been more. I get that the Grey books are supposed to be “naughty” for us more “delicate” types, but that doesn’t mean it has to be badly written.

This or That? #72

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This or That? #72

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

Did you have a favorite book as a kid? (before the age of 13)

If so, what was it and what was it about?

There is really only one book that instantly came to my mind when I saw this weeks question.

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Linnea in Monet’s Garden (Amazon Link)

I still have this book and it is still one of my favourites and I hope to pass it on to my children. The reason it was my favourite childhood book wasn’t even because of the writing though, or even the most gorgeous pictures (it is about Monet after all). I’ve also always had a soft spot for Monet, because of this book.

The reason I loved this book so much was because I could have sworn that the book was about my Great-Grandfather, who I was incredibly close too, before he passed away. I honestly believed that Monet WAS my Great Grand-Father and I so I thought that this book was about us. I can’t even remember who actually gave it too me, it was probably my Grandmother (his daughter) as she was a Librarian, but I couldn’t swear to that.

It probably sounds really sad, but it’s the first book I can remember and it was the first book that also got me reading.

This or That? #71

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This or That? #71

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

Has a book ever made you cry?

I am going to have to go with a resounding “YES”, in fact it was the classic book I was writing about last week (This or That #70) Ruth Park’s “Playing Beatie Bow” that was probably one of the first books that ever made me cry.

I’m not honestly sure how much I can write about why it made me cry, without giving big plot details. I guess the best I can say is that there is a lot of learning in the book. A lot of learning to appreciate the past and the present, a lot of appreciation for who you have in your life.