Random Reads MEME 2013

#63 is Zig Ziglar Over the Top which I will read and review in the month of august.

Posted on August 1, 2013 by Merin http://ahandfulofconfetti.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/random-reads-5/

Random Reads is a monthly meme hosted by Sarah at I’m Loving Books. This feature is to get us reading a random book within the month that is in our TBR stack.

If you’d like to participate in Random Reads, here are the (super easy) directions:

If you’re on Goodreads, enable sorting to your to-read shelf (you should see numbers next to each book now).
Go to random.org and type in the Min as 1 and the Max as how ever many books are on your to-read shelf.
Scroll down to the book matching the number random.org picks.
Post and link up.
Read and be merry.
Last month I was supposed to read Velveteen by Daniel Marks. However, I really didn’t like this book at all, and DNFed at 56%. I couldn’t connect with our main character, Velvet, in any way shape or form, and didn’t like the way she treated others. She was, to put it bluntly, a bitch, and while sometimes I find myself interested enough to see what kind of personal revelations might come about to “redeem” a character, with Velvet I just found that I couldn’t care less, and wasn’t going to continue to read a book I didn’t like. Also, the entire book is a bit of a mess; there’s so much going on, a whole bunch of characters that were pretty one-dimensional, and – on top of it all – a severe case of insta-love. Just really not my thing at all. When I was watching my “time left” on my Kindle and lamenting how slowly the book was moving, that’s a sure sign I need to just stop and read something else. Hopefully August’s pick will be better.

This month, random.org chose #450 (out of 956):


So this month I will be reading Her Highness, the Traitor by Susan Higginbotham. This is definitely a change from the all YA, all the time zone I’ve been in of late, but I like historical fiction – particularly Tudor-era fiction – so am excited to give this a read. It’s been on my to-read list since March 14, 2012.

If you’re participating in Random Reads this month, do link me up to your post so I can see what you’ll be reading!

Welcome back to Random Reads! Last month I picked and read The First Days by Rhiannon Frater. It was okay, not terrible, but not phenomenal either. You can read my review for it here.

In short, Random Reads is a meme where we pick a random book from our shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I’m using a combination of the sorting feature and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Want to join in on Random Reads?

It’s easy…

If you’re on Goodreads enable sorting to your to-read shelf (you should see numbers next to each book now).
Go to Random.org and type in the Min as 1 and the Max as how many ever books are on your to-read shelf.
Scroll down to the book matching the number Random.org picks.
Link up to your Random Reads post (below). If you choose more than one book per month, be sure to put a number by your name in the list so it doesn’t look like a duplicate.
Read and be merry. 🙂
If you’re not on Goodreads just pick a random book from your list in whatever way you want to do it. You can use the method I used above or even just close your eyes and point randomly at a book on your bookshelf if you want (spin the bottle style). lol

Now onto this month’s Random Read! This month Random.org chose…

August 2013 Random Reads – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

#118 on my to-read list, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and it’s been on my to-read list since April 1, 2011.

I’m going to be completely honest here and tell you all that I’m not looking forward to reading this book. It’s not because I think it will be bad (although I’ve read mixed reviews). It’s more because I find myself a little bored with the whole dystopian/post-apocolyptic genre lately. I think it’s kind of run its course for me personally and I find myself less and less excited for these kinds of books. I know, sad, but I just feel like the genre is kind of getting beaten into the ground a bit and a lot of it is reading like the same thing over and over again. We’ll see though, this was written well before the genre started getting over-flooded with the same-old-same-old, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it despite my misgivings at the moment.

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