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5 Reasons Why I Hate Book Series

Many of you know that I hate book series. If at all possible, I try to stick to stand-alone novels. A few rare trilogies land on my bookshelf and an even rarer few get a good review. Here are my reasons why I hate trilogies: 

1. The first book is perfected.

Authors have an unlimited amount of time to perfect the first book. They may have many rewrites and rejections before it is finally accepted by a publisher. By that point, the book should be pristine. The author may not have a deal with the publisher for a series yet, but once the first book proves its worth, the publisher will definitely ask for the rest of the series. Depending on the popularity, the author will be forced to get the next books out quickly—unless you are George R.R. Martin. There will be less time to perfect the story and it will be sent out without many rewrites, as to appease the fan-base. As a result, the rest of the series suffers in comparison to the debut. 
2. The waiting is torture. 

Part of the reason why the …

Luckiest Girl Alive | Jessica Knoll

“Moving on doesn’t mean you don’t talk about it. Or hurt about it. It’s always going to hurt.” 
Genre: Thriller.  Number of Pages: 350. Perspective: First.  Location: New York.
Luckiest Girl Alive is the story of Ani, an engaged woman  in NYC who seems to have it all. Dig a little bit deeper to see that she wears a mask to cover up all of her pain and the horrific events of her teenage years. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I was so in love with this book until the end. It wasn’t a bad ending, but it didn’t warrant a 5-star review for me. As soon as I got into this book (a few chapters in), I couldn’t put it down. It was fast moving and all of the characters were so intriguing! Some people compare this to Gone Girl, which is completely unfair. First of all, people need to stop comparing every new thriller with a leading woman and a twist to Gone Girl. This book was a thriller and a little bit dark, but it’s not accurate to compare it to Gone Girl. Honestly, there won’t ever be anot…

Q & A with Author Libby Kirsch

Hi, Libby. Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?
My goal is to have multiple successful series of books on Amazon and the other online retailers. I’ve really enjoyed publishing my own books, but hope to become a “hybrid” author, with some books published the traditional way, and others still coming out from my own small press.
Those are great goals. What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
TV?? That’s still a thing? Lol, just kidding. I could watch Modern Family reruns for hours at a time. Love Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight. They’re the reason every Monday is particularly difficult—Its hard to stay up late for good TV, then wake up early with the kiddos the next morning!
I am obsessed with Game of Thrones! Do you believe in fate or love at first sight?
No way. Life is what we make of it. Love is what we choose.

What is the strangest fact about you?
I used to be the lead singer in a band in college. We w…

Q & A with Author Jessica Goodwin

Hi, Jessica! Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?
I used to be a teacher, and I recently quit so that I could stay home with my son and work on writing. I never thought it would be possible, but I'm doing it! I'm really enjoying being a work-at-home mom (my son is almost a year old) -- spending time with him is the most important thing to me right now. So, I'll stay home and keep writing as long as it works for us! I'm so lucky that I get to do what I love, and I love what I do!
That sounds amazing! What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
I'm a Netflix binge-er. I don't watch a lot of TV during the day so at night (or even in the bathtub!) I'll watch a Netflix series. I loved Fuller House, Chelsea Does..., and am currently watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I'm still waiting for my husband to have time to watch House of Cards seasons 3 and 4. And I can't wait for t…

Why Not Me? | Mindy Kaling

“Work hard, know your s**t, show your s**t, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn't always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine.” 

Genre: Humorous Memoir.  Number of Pages: 228. Perspective: First.  Location: New York and California.
This book is a collection of essays/short stories that range from Mindy’s experiences on The Office and The Mindy Project to other random events from her adult life. [Thank God. I don’t need anymore celebrity childhood stories.] There was even one chapter that was a series of made-up emails between her and coworkers if she had ended up as a high school teacher. This was the best part of the whole book! I actually laughed out loud in my work kitchen during my lunch break. For a complete summary, you can go here.
If you’ve ever read any of my other reviews of memoirs, you probably know that I hate memoirs. The non-linear and disorganized nature of them irritates me. And, qui…

Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler

Genre: Shakespeare Retelling.  Number of Pages: 240. Perspective: Third Alternating.  Location: U.S.
Vinegar Girl is the story of Kate, a girl who has to run her household and take care of her eccentric researcher father and unruly teenage sister. She is known as a shrew and everyone thinks she will end up alone, until her father hatches a plan to marry her off to his prized foreign assistant. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This book was so short, I figured it would only take me a day or two to read. In actuality, it took about two weeks. I felt hopeful at first since the lead character had a job in a daycare/preschool. I have worked in those types of jobs too, so I immediately felt connected to the story. But that was only a small part in this book. The rest quickly fell flat. 
This book felt like a parody of itself. I understand that it is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, but not one piece of this story felt new. Really, a story about a foreign guy trying to sta…

Q & A with Author Sylvia Ashby

Hi, Sylvia! Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world? In an ideal world my first drafts will be perfect: mistake-free, perfectly proofread, formatted and polished. And there would be no editing. I’ll be putting the last dot and people would start reading them straight away! As for my writing career, I don’t see writing as a job. I’d keep on writing until the end of the world. There is too much pleasure in it for me to stop.
What’s your guilty pleasure TV show? More than a decade ago, when my husband and I first started living together I broke his TV. It was precariously positioned on a wonky chair by the bed. I tripped over the wire and it fell, face down, to the floor. I’ve been meaning to replace it ever since. There was no Netflix back then, so we stopped watching telly altogether. We never regained the habit.
Wow, crazy story! I wish I could disconnect from the TV world. What is the most unique talent or …

Q & A with Author Nino Gugunishvili

Hi, Nino! Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world? Oh, would it be too unrealistic to say that I would love to see any of my books on a New York Times bestseller’s list? Or that I’d so want to see my books made into movies with some stellar cast? Say, with George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston?  In an ideal world I guess I would have enough confidence and devotion to write down all the stories that are brewing inside my head and then discuss all of them as they become loved by readers, ideally on Ellen’s show!   
Those sound like great goals! What’s your guilty pleasure TV show? Past seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy”, where Cristina Yang and Derek Shepherd are still there. I’ve watched them countless times, and have a feeling that I know each of the characters as close as my family members. Also, “Sex and the City” of course!  I can pick up any episode of any season and start watching as if I’m seeing it for the f…