The Jingle Bell Book Tag

This is my first holiday tag ever, so thanks to Stephanie from Adventures of a Bibliophile for tagging me. Hopefully I’ll get to do a couple more of these over the month, and get my blog a little bit more into the blogmas spirit. Here we go…

“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” – What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

I’ve had my eye on Lauren Graham’s new book, Talking as Fast as I Can, and Hannah Hart’s memoir Buffering. I know that’s two books, but they’re on a similar theme, so I think it’s appropriate.

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” –  What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

I’m going to cheat again slightly, because I read the Imperial Radch trilogy earlier this year, and I don’t know if I can pick just one out of the three. This is probably the best sci-fi series I’ve read, and I recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi.

Elf – What book unleashes your inner child?

Honestly, talking about any book or series that I read as a child unleashes a bit of my inner child. But I think Harry Potter has always been a big one for me, since it was such a big part of my childhood and teenage years.

“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” – Which book has most festive look to it?

This may not be a traditionally holiday-oriented choice, but my leather-bound copy of Wuthering Heights looks pretty festive, in my opinion.


(photo courtesy of Barnes and Noble)

The Grinch – Your favourite villain…

I really don’t know if I can answer this, since I’m the kind of person who really hates villains, and goes through the whole book getting really anxious about why the villain is doing all of the things they’re doing. Maybe I’ll just pick Iago from Othello, since I was kind of partial to how often he broke the fourth wall.

The Holiday – Name your favourite TWO couples…

Claire and Jamie from Outlander and Simon and Baz from Carry On.

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

I’m reading a really great historical fiction book at the moment, called These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, which I would definitely recommend. I would also buy it for everyone if I could.

I would like to tag Shley from Cats and Candy, and anyone else who would like to do this tag as well.

Hopefully you enjoyed this. It was hard to think of my favorites, but I still enjoyed it.



Is it interesting or not?

If you read my post the other day, you’ll know that I’ve been having trouble finding a book that’s really interesting me. I’ve been slowly trying to make my way through a book called Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. It’s about the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, and I love a good historical fiction book, so I was initially excited to pick it up.

However, it’s been really slow going. I’m maybe halfway finished with it in the week or so that I’ve been reading it, and I feel like it’s taking me a lot longer than it should. I just don’t find myself wanting to pick it up. Which is kind of disappointing. I feel like this book should be interesting, and there are definitely certain parts that have been, but other parts have been much harder to get through.

Another issue I’ve had with the book is the lack of likability of many of the characters. At least one of the characters is really supposed to be unlikable, but I don’t think I like Victoria’s character much either. At least in the half that I’ve read, she’s still very young and hasn’t necessarily made the best or most queen-like decisions. Even though the book is fairly historically accurate (as far as I can tell from a bit of online research), a few of the events have been kind of annoying to read about. They really just make Victoria seem kind of spoiled and petulant.

One more thing I could mention, that’s really more of a nit-pick than anything is that according to the inside cover, the book is partially about Victoria and Albert and their relationship. However, halfway through the book as I am, Albert has yet to appear.

Overall, I’m just not sure what the point of the book is supposed to be, or if it’s just event by event of her early reign. The whole experience just makes me question whether I’m really interested in the story as a whole. Honestly, I’m kind of leaning toward not finishing this book. Which is disappointing, since I’m so far in, but I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I don’t want to waste time with a book that I’m not going to enjoy. I just wish I’d realized before now….

Have you guys ever had this experience with a book? Would you finish it anyway, or put it aside? Let me know in the comments.

Happy (hopefully happier) reading!


I’m unsatisfied…

This is an interesting start to my new blog, titled Alyss Reads Books. Right now, I am reading a couple different books, but I’m unsatisfied with my options. None of my current choices are really drawing me in, even though they’re all interesting in their own ways. I’m having a lot of trouble getting invested in any of them.

This happens to me sometimes, and it usually passes. But it’s always really frustrating, because I’m the kind of person who is always reading something. I always have a book with me, and my Goodreads page always has at least one book in process (if not more than one). So it almost makes me anxious to feel this way, like I don’t have anything to read.

(On a side note, feeling like I don’t have anything to read is absolutely not the same thing as not actually having any books to read. I have plenty of books that I can read, that I haven’t read already. The issue at hand is the inclination to read any of them.)

I really wish I was the type of person who could pick up any interesting book, start reading, and be perfectly happy. But I’m not. I read pretty widely throughout the genres, and I have to be in the right mood for a certain genre. So just picking up the next book on my pile isn’t going to cut it. I’ve already surrounded myself with books that spark an interest for me when I find them at the book store or library, but in order for me to actually read them, there’s an incredibly complicated and inexplicable process that occurs in my brain.

Well, my inexplicable processes are stymied at the moment, so what’s a book-loving girl to do?