I’m reading the last book of the Pretty Little Liars book series. I started reading the books after watching a couple of the TV show seasons as I wanted to see how different the books and the TV were (and to find out who was A and who was part of the A Team).
Originally, there was only meant to be eight books in the series but Sara Shepard, the author, decided to write eight more because of how popular the first lot of books and the TV show were and because of the fans who are dedicated to the books and show.
Books 9-12 were enjoyable to read considering there wasn’t supposed to be more books. However, I am not enjoying books 13-16 as much. I really enjoy seeing what Ali and the A team come up with in regards to getting revenge on the PLL girls, but the story line for the last four books have left me feeling like it’s been dragged out a bit and isn’t as strong as the other books. Only reasons I’m reading the last book are I hate not finishing a series that started out well and I really want to know what happens to Ali and who else has been helping her.
I am currently reading the second last book out of the Pretty Little Liars book series and it has got me thinking about when a book series should end. The Pretty Little Liars series was supposed to end at book 8 but has since gone on for another eight books. The last four books seem to be very drawn out so far. It feels like Sara Shepard has begun running out of things for the last four books (I am reading the last few books to find out who A is and how they stop A). It reminds me of the last few Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood books – those felt like Charlaine Harris was running out of story but kept going because of the TV show. Those last few books weren’t as strong as the rest of the books in the series.
So when would be a great time to finish a book series?
I feel it could be when there’s enough strong story lines to finish the series without making it drawn out with thin story lines. For example, the Pretty Little Liars series should have finished at book 8 but could have just finished at book 12 without having another four books afterwards.
But how does a writer/author of a series know when it’s a good time to finish a series? How do they know when enough is enough? I know that there are fans out there who would love to know more and have more books written about their favourite characters. Or that there’s also a TV show going on as well and they want to keep up with it, but is that really necessary? If the series is still strong, does it really need more books after the last published book?
It just seems so much easier saying a book series needs to finish as an outsider compared to a writer who has invested so much time and effort into writing, editing and publishing the books.
So I finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I had read her first novel, Sharp Objects, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I was hoping to have a similar experience with Gone Girl but I didn’t.
The first third to half of the book was a bit slow in getting off the ground, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as the second half of the book. I loved the plot and how well planned everything was. I just didn’t like Nick and Amy. They are the first main characters with whom I didn’t connect to very well or even like that weren’t the villains (they were villains and the good guys in a sense). Nick and Amy just weren’t all that great and way too manipulative and nasty towards each other.
Other than that, it was worth the read.
So I am onto the last of the Cormoran Strike trilogy written by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling. I’ve always been a big fan of J. K. Rowling’s writing (even The Casual Vacancy which probably is one of her weaker novels even though it was still good). Career of Evil is still good, but there is several plot lines going on at once as well as three viewpoints. I don’t mind these but some people may think the story is bogged down by this.
I recommend the trilogy to anyone who doesn’t mind a good private detective novel.
I not long finished reading The House At Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse.
I thought that the plot had promise and that the characters also had promise. But it wasn’t as good as what I thought it was going to be.
The characters were a little one dimensional, especially the love interests of the protagonist, the antagonist and the secondary characters. The ending was also very obvious in the second half of the book. It also appeared that Whitehouse had intended the house to be a character in and of itself but it felt like it was pushed to the back burner in favour of the rest of the story.
Other than that, it was good for a light and easy read.
I actually finished reading this book a while ago. It was one of the many books that have been stashed away in my handbag for reading when I was waiting for appointments or been out to lunch by myself when I’ve been running errands.
The book in question is Skeleton Crew by Stephen King. It is one of his collections of short stories that he has put together to be published as one book.
I enjoy reading Stephen King’s short stories as much as I enjoy reading his novels. I like the fact that he writes the short stories in between writing his novels and that he continues to hone his writing skills between the writing and editing and rewriting of the longer stories. I like the fact that he continues to write short stories even after he is making money on full length novels now and not have to scrape by on the short stories he would send into magazines to help keep his family afloat. I like the fact that you don’t always have to know what story is coming up next and where it would lead you.
I would definitely recommend reading the Stephen King short stories that are available.
At the start of the year, I thought I would participate in the Goodreads reading challenge again. I had participated in it last year and had managed to read 48 books for the year. This year, I thought I would go for the modest amount of 30 books.
I have about a fortnight left to go to read four more books. I didn’t expect to not read so many books as I had done last year. I thought that 30 books would be an easy amount to read for the year. I hope I can read four more books before the end of the year.
I don’t know if I would want to participate in it next year as I don’t think I would have time to read that many books after having a baby and possibly going back to work.
Does any one else participate in the Goodreads reading challenge?
I just finished reading Blood Line by Lynda La Plante today. I also read the next book in the series, Backlash, a few weeks ago (I didn’t realize it was a series until the end of Backlash and I didn’t know it was written after Blood Line was).
It was the first time I had read any of Lynda La Plante books. I found the books very average and most of the writing was lazy. It was like La Plante felt like she had to spell everything out for the reader instead of investing more time in writing a really good story.
I found that Blood Line had more suspense than Backlash did. I didn’t like all the different character point of view in a single chapter. I think it would have worked better having the point of view of a character as it’s own chapter instead of being broken up in different paragraphs in a single chapter.
Overall, the plot could have been better if it hadn’t been let down by underdeveloped characters, too many point of view changes in some chapters and average to lazy writing.
I bought a copy of J. K. Rowling’s Very Good Lives. It’s the Harvard Commencement speech J. K. Rowling gave at the Harvard graduation in 2008. It supports the charity she founded called Lumos, which works to end the institutionalisation of children around the world so that children can grow up in a safe and caring environment.
I thought it was good that she released her Harvard speech in book form to help raise awareness and funds for Lumos but to also help inspire other people.
I’m rereading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. One of my friends lent me her copy of it about four or five years ago. I remember how hypnotic and intriguing it was. I remember how lyrical and poetic Stiefvater’s words were in the book.
I was quite happy when I saw Shiver and it’s sequels Linger and Forever at a local op shop for $2 each. I’m going to have to see if I can find a copy of Sinner so I can read that too :).