I have a review I should be writing, but this seemed like more fun because for fuck’s sake I read another Patterson novel. I don’t know why I do that to myself!
I knowwwww so many people like him, but I think he’s truly shit and we are now arch nemeses. He doesn’t know it. And even if he does, he doesn’t care. He’s laughing at me while he rolls around in a room full of money like he’s Scrooge McDuck.
So, let’s do this first before I unleash my reader-anger into a review for that overproducing book machine. (These questions came from somewhere floating around on Goodreads.)
How many books is too many in a series?
Personally, I think anything over ten is excessive. If I want to start a book and find that it has 20+ books in its series, I’m not even going to bother (*cough Harry Bosch cough*) unless it’s something I started before the author got to that kind of book count. I’ve been reading the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell since the late 90s. I got into the Charley Davidson series by Daryna Jones when only 7 books were published. I’ve found, sticking with big series, that the quality of the novels wavers a lot the more instalments are written. The plot lines can feel stale, redundant or even so crazy in an attempt to keep it interesting that the original reason I loved the series gets lost.
Sometimes you just have to know when to call it on a character and try something new.
How do you feel about cliffhangers?
LOVE THEM. They are decidedly not for everyone, but I love the feeling of being held in suspense. That said, there can’t be too long between the cliffhanger and the resolution. If an author is going to go there, the next book should already be in the arsenal.
Hardcover or paperback?
Hardcover. All day, er’ry day.
Of all time? Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. It is literally the pinnacle of crime fiction for me. And something that all other authors in the genre are constantly trying to strive for.
Least favourite book?
Glad you asked: Anything Patterson. I don’t know why I keep trying to read him, other than sometimes a co-author’s name gets smacked on the cover and I think “Oh, maybe they did something better!” No, they didn’t. Because Patterson is still driving the ship…into an iceberg! (2 points to Ravenclaw for the Titanic joke.)
Seriously though, speaking of long series, I’ve been reading the Women’s Murder Club by Patterson since I was in high school, so that’s probably why I keep going back to him, even though his writing style no longer works for me. My ability to let something go, to never find out what’s going to happen next, will be the bookish death of me.
Love triangle: yes or no?
No. I do not like romance at all. If it’s going to be in there it needs to be realistic. I’ve never read a single love triangle that an author wrote realistically instead of dramatically.
The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
I’ve never not finished a book, even if I hate it. It’s either a bad habit or a testament to my dedication. You pick. I really should start DNFing things, but it feels like changing my neurotic need to know the ending might be my Everest.
A book you’re currently reading?
My entire plan for tonight is to
open a bottle of wine a bag of chips and binge myself on Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner.
Last book you recommended to someone?
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. I will always recommend Slaughter.
Oldest book you’ve read?
I don’t do classics. And anything old at present, would have probably been a new release, or close enough, at the time I read it.
Newest book you’ve read?
All my books are basically new. I have so many ARCs and new releases piled around me I can barely breathe.
Chelsea Cain. Meg Gardiner. Karin Slaughter.
Buying books or borrowing books?
Both. A girl only has so much free income. And for all the crappy books I’ve read, I’m glad I didn’t waste the money on them. The library is literally my favourite invention. If I really love an author, have read the book and want a beautiful hardcover of it, or if I find a good sale, then I definitely go crazy with purchases.
A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
Probably most things by Christopher Moore. I’ve had people forever telling me to read his books because I would just love them so much. I’ve tried and I haven’t liked what I’ve read at all. I guess he’s the epitome of funny urban fantasy. I don’t get it.
Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks forever. I have way more than I would ever need, but I can’t stop buying them.
A book you can always re-read?
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen.
Can you read while listening to music?
I can. I usually prefer some kind background noise of my choice. Sitting in the quiet just means I can hear everything everybody else is doing in my house and that drives me crazy.
One point of view or multiple?
One. I don’t mind two or three points of view, but anything over that makes the book increasingly more difficult to follow. Also, there’s less of a chance I’ll connect emotionally to any of the characters because, naturally, we don’t spend enough time with them when there are so many perspectives to jump to. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins was like that for me.
Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
If I could do it in one sitting I would. The amount of books I could get through in a year would increase exponentially. Maybe I’d actually put a dent in my TBR. But I have a full-time job, a husband, stepkids who are with us full-time, two pets, friends, other hobbies, and of course an endless amount of TV that I need to find time to binge, too. So it takes me days to read a book. Still I think I get through them pretty quickly, all things considered.
A book you read just because of the cover?
I can’t think of one recently. But I just put The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware on my TBR because of the cover. I’ve read one other Ruth Ware novel and I wasn’t a huge fan, but I’m willing to try again just because of the artwork.
Stay safe. Be Kind. But, take no shit.
Later, Booknerds ✌️🔪