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Door 4: Guy Fawkes Night


Door 4:  Guy Fawkes Night

Task 1: Make a list of the top 3 treasonous crimes against books that an author can commit.


1. Making characters do uncharacteristic things. There is nothing more annoying than reading chapter after chapter how a character is this or that and then toward the end have them do something completely against their nature with no explanation. 


2. Extensively descriptive writing. If someone grabs a cup of tea, I can envision that without being told someone grabbed a tea cup that was blue and made of fine china that so and so bought in England on a trip they took years ago and they poured hot water into the tea cup while holding it in their left hand and pouring with their right and the tea tasted sweet, nutty, floral and grassy, etc etc. You get my point. 


3. Having books in a series that don't stand alone. I want to be able to pick up any book in any series and not feel lost. I shouldn't have to read them all in order. I love when authors give you just enough information (but not too much so that each installment reads the same) so that I am intrigued enough to pick up the other books. I hate being lost in a series and I usually just bag it and don't bother getting the first one. 


Task 2: Start a revolution: What one thing would you change about the book reading world? (Be it publishing, distribution, editing, cover art, bookstores – anything having to do with books.)

I wish people didn't think of libraries as cheating authors and publishers out of money. Libraries are an extremely important part of society for many reasons and deserve respect. 


Task 4: How do you order the books on your shelves?

I forgot to take a picture, but I order them by author. My favorite authors, like J K Rowling, have shelves of their own. Her shelf has all her books with a set of Harry Potter bookends and little trinkets of the characters. 


Book: Read a book set in the UK, a political thriller, a book involving any monarchy or revolution, a book about arson or related to fires and burning, a book whose plot involves costumes / fancy dress, or that has masks on the cover, or that is self-published.

- I read the book American Royals by Katharine McGee and  the link to my review is HERE


Closing the door on this one! :)