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January 18, 2022

Top 7 reasons why I will no longer participate in Top Ten Tuesday

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I didn't like this week's Top Ten Tuesday's prompt (2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To) so I'm not going to do that or any more of Top Ten Tuesday in the future. I'm not saying I'm never going to participate, just not right now. Here are 7 reasons why I will no longer participate in Top Ten Tuesday (Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl over here.)

01 | I rarely like the prompts — I see the list of future prompts and I have no interest in them. If I do them, I would probably change them so what's the point of doing it?

02 | I got sick of looking at lists of books that I can't stand — Not to say that is true a lot of times but most lists I have seen are like 'books I don't want to read' list. I guess people's tastes in books rarely matches mine. I know we are to appreciate people having different tastes but sometimes I just don't care.

03 | I rarely find new books to read — I must have terrible taste in books because I rarely find any new books to read reading other participants' lists. The main reason why I participate in Top Ten Tuesday is to find new books to read but these few years, I haven't found a single book to read from those lists.

04 | I find I have no interest in commenting on people's lists — I have to confess that I often visit participants but don't leave any comments because what they lists are books that are already on everyone else's lists. I guess everyone seems to be reading or anticipating the same books except for me.

05 | Just listing books is not fun — Maybe it used to be fun but now, not so much. I can't just list books or show a bunch of book covers, I have to have reasons and I have to tell them. The main thing with Top Ten Tuesday is that, you do just list books that fits the prompt and the prompt is your explanation but  just seeing a bunch of covers or titles is kind of meaningless to me because most of the time, I know nothing about the books that are being listed.

06 | Too much like work — I feel like I do a lot of work on my lists even though I can simply just show a couple of covers, I don't have to explain anything but I can't do that. I prefer to explain my choices and that takes work. I do tend to write on the long side and maybe it's why if feels like work.

07 | I often cannot come up with 10 anything — I don't know why it's so hard to come up with ten so maybe I think too much or change the prompt too much or I simply can't make list of ten. I know I don't have to list ten things but it seems kind of silly to call the list Top Ten if you're not going for ten. I don't know. I find it's easier to follow that rule or any rule when it comes to prompts and memes and challenges because that's how it's done, right?

What about you? Do you often participate in Top Ten Tuesday? If not, why not?

January 14, 2022

You're Invited...

card text: You're Invited to Rain Girl's Mostly Delightful, Slightly Zany, Slapdash Birthday Bash January 21 — January 27, 2022 Where: Here on this blog (Postcards from the Bookstore) Time: Whenever I put up a post
You're Invited to
Rain Girl's Mostly Delightful, Slightly Zany, Slapdash Birthday Bash

Join me for a slapdash birthday bash (aka blog party) celebrating my 27th (don't ask if I'm actually that age) birthday. It begins on Friday, January 21 and ends on Thursday, January 27 and will be right here on this blog.

No need to RSVP or get dressed up, just come as you. There will be no cakes, candies or drinks but feel free to consume any caffeinated drinks you have on hand. There will be presents (aka giveaways) and miscellaneous things & games that I throw together because I'm too lazy to plan. So mark your calendar for January 21 through January 27. I'll see you here until then.

P.S. Since we all love acronyms, I'll shortened this event's name to Rain Girl's B-B Party (B-B as in Birthday Bash). I used to be or perhaps I still am, a rain girl though I no longer take rain photos or aim my thoughts at rain. (So maybe bash means the same as party but don't bother to correct me.)

P.P.S. Here's the list of posts which I will add the link as they are posted. The question marks will be filled once I decided what that post is about.
• January 21 - ?
• January 22 - ? & Giveaway #1
• January 23 - ?
• January 24 - ? & Giveaway #2
• January 25 - ?
• January 26 - ?
• January 27 - ? & Giveaway #3

January 04, 2022

What are your blogging goals for the new year?

Tell Me Something Tuesday

This week's Tell Me Something Tuesday is What are your blogging goals for the new year?

You think after all the years of blogging I've done, I would have some type of idea what I am going to post or maybe some sort of schedule or structure but no. I never make blogging goals. I prefer the lazy approach - just blog what I want and when I want. I might do another Draw Something month like last October where I draw every day and posted those drawings. I might also do the Blogging from A to Z challenge in April but I haven't make any decisions. But if I have to answer, I guess my blogging goals for this year is simply to post something once a month and that's that. (If you know of any challenges/memes or events I might participate as a blogger, let me know.)

What are your blogging goals for the new year?

[ Tell Me Something Tuesday was originally created by Heidi but is now hosted by Berls, Jen, Karen, Linda and Roberta. ]

January 01, 2022

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 2022
May 2022 bring you joy, health, luck and everything new and exciting. Happy New Year!

December 28, 2021

Best & Worst Books I Read in 2021

This week's Top Ten Tuesday's prompt is Best Books I Read In 2021 and Tell Me Something Tuesday's prompt is What are your favorite books/audiobooks that you read in 2021? so I combined them plus some others as I don't think you should just highlight the good. I think one of the best things about being a reader is that if you can't enjoy a book, the least you can do is enjoy talking about it, whether in a positive or negative way.  I haven't read a lot this year so my list is very short. [ Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl over hereTell Me Something Tuesday was originally created by Heidi but is now hosted by Berls, Jen, Karen, Linda and Roberta. ]

The Best Books I Read in 2021:

A Problematic Paradox and The Unspeakable Unknown (Nikola Kross series) by Eliot Sappingfield
01 | A Problematic Paradox and The Unspeakable Unknown (Nikola Kross series) by Eliot Sappingfield > link
These two books are the most fun reads I had for 2021. They're weird, wacky, slightly creepy, and probably kind of nerdy but they are amazing.



Honorable Mentions:

Reflection by Elizabeth Lim
02 | Reflection: A Twisted Tale by Elizabeth Lim > link
This is a good take on Mulan but since it continues from a moment in the Disney movie (the animated version), it is sort of a sequel and probably shouldn't read it unless you have seen the movie or at least know what had happened in the first half of the movie. This could still have been shorter in the middle and perhaps a bit longer in the end. The ending is a bit open-ended which I didn't like but at the same time, I would read if there is a second book.

Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas (Book 1) by William Lashner
03 | Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas (Elizabeth Webster Book 1) by William Lashner
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I did enjoyed this book but I guess this would have been one of the best that I read but for this: when a scene stops before it gets to the end, then we are in the afterward, then we go back and continue that scene and then move back to the present - I just don't like this going back and forth. Other than that, this book was quite enjoyable.



The Worst Books I Read in 2021:


The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club Book 1) by Theodora Goss
04 | The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club Book 1) by Theodora Goss
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I didn't like reading this yet I really like the idea of the book. To sum up the main reason why I didn't like it: If you're reading a book and a bunch of people suddenly appears and have inane commentaries/conversations that have nothing to do with what's going on in the book or if it relates to the current mentioned event, it does not add to the story, would you be able to enjoy your book? I wouldn't. If the commentaries are funny (they aren't), if they are important to the story (maybe two of them add any real info, very long info, to the story but you can still skip them) and if they serve any purpose except to annoy the reader, then maybe I would have enjoyed the book a little. Plus these commentaries ruin the gothic mystery vibe, turns it into a comedy and forces readers into accepting humor when it really didn't need it.
    And the mystery is kind of dull. And what makes it worst is that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (two men while all the characters are gendered-swapped to be female) did most of the solving of the murders. The ladies in this so-called Athena club are mostly there to give the necessary info. The entire book is mostly introduction of characters, then their back story, some gory detail about a murder, back to introductions and back stories and then the end. And yes, I have to consider this as a first book in a series but why do I have to read an info dumping book to get to a good book? I'm not going to continue this series because all the books have inane commentaries. Read all about my complaints here on this post, just scroll down.

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani, Julia Iredale (Illustrator)
05 | Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani, Julia Iredale (Illustrator)
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I didn't like the writing or the tales but I loved the cover which is really the only good thing I can say about this collection of short stories. The tales are deviated versions of fairytales but I find most of them kind of boring, some a little disturbing but most are pointless. More about my complaints about this book over here on this post.

What was the best and worst books you have read in 2021?