I’m reading a book about pirates.

I’m irrationally happy about this and may be speaking Pirate all weekend.  (I’m really good at this because my Facebook language is Pirate.)

(I’m also not sure why I feel the need to capitalize Pirate… It’s not a real language….)

What book are you excited about?

Fantasy · Teen Fiction · YA

Musings on Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is a young adult author (a quite popular one, at that) who, on paper, I should like. She writes strong, realistic female characters having exciting fantasy adventures, and she writes well.

But- I don’t like her writing.  And I’ve tried.  I can tell that she is a good writer; her characters and plot are well-developed, the writing is technically sound and has that indefinable “good” quality, her voice and stories are engaging – there’s nothing wrong with her books.  But I just don’t like her style.

Except for – and this is a huge except – her Circle of Magic series, which includes two quartets, The Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens, along with one stand-alone, The Will of the Empress.  I absolutely loved this series when I was younger, and I was ecstatic – and not at all let down – when The Will of the Empress came out when I was older.  She’s putting out a second stand-alone, with a story referred to but not told in TWOTE, due out this month, and I’m so very excited!  It’s called Battle Magic and I hope she goes on tour (and comes through Texas!) to promote it so I can get a signed copy.  Even if she doesn’t, I can’t wait to read it.

Anyway, dear readers, have you ever encountered an author where you loved some of their work but felt a definite disinterest in the rest of it? It’s so strange to me, because she is a good writer and there’s nothing I can point to in her books that I dislike, except a vague sense of “that’s not my style.”

Ever felt the same? Let me know in the comments!


What Don’t You Read?

I’ve asked a fair amount of questions on positive reading habits – what you read or how many at one time – and dear readers, you’ve been graciously answering my questions. But now I have a question on the opposite end of the spectrum: What don’t you read? What absolutely turns you off?  Is there an entire genre you avoid, covers or blurbs that you hate?

I don’t like poetry, as I’ve recently discussed.  I’ve never been able to figure out why and I’ll continue to try to like it but so far, no luck.  I refuse to read a book that makes me feel like I have to learn a new language to understand it – I just put down A Clockwork Orange after approximately two pages. Sorry, Burgess!

And I will not, under any circumstances, read horror novels.  I read Carrie and thought, oh King’s not that bad. What’s all the fuss about?  So I picked up Pet Sematary and was terrified of any animal I met after dark for months.  Did I ever mention that I grew up on a ranch and part of my duties was night feeding?  I don’t watch horror movies because I get nightmares for weeks on end and after those two horror novels, I decided that Wikipedia was the only place I was going to read about any horror anything.

So, dear readers, let me know what makes you scrunch your nose and pass up a book.  And why, if you can articulate it.