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Obsidian Blue

Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!

Currently reading

Grown Ups
Marian Keyes
As Kismet Would Have it
Sandhya Menon
Royal Holiday
Jasmine Guillory
With No One As Witness
Elizabeth George
The Sisters Grimm
Menna van Praag
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The Black Cabinet
Jill Watts
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 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. Information dumps via a character instead of actually investing time in world building, the plot, or character motivations that make sense to me as a reader. 


2. Having baby talk during a sex scene (talking to you romance authors).


3. Having unprotected sex with a guy you just met after he rescues you from a pit you fell in (remember Holly?) Holly by Jude Deveraux. This book was soul killing. It had all of my least favorite tropes for romance authors. 


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 would honestly love to change what is going on right now with Macmillan publishing and them limiting books to libraries. I hate that so many people out there see libraries as a scourge for authors and publishing houses since they view them as "losing money". You can't pay for good word of mouth for a book so I wish that it's automatic that when a new book is published there's a built in cost for it to be provided as a hard-copy and e-book copy once it's released. I think libraries are often the soul of a town or city and they do so much good for the community. Why people are doing their level best to curtail reading will continue to baffle and aggravate me. 


Task 3: Make a little straw (or wood / cloth / wool / fabric) effigy of the book character you like least.


Task 4:

How do you order the books on your shelves?


My books are not ordered like this:


Image result for books ordered in color


Instead they are ordered by author. And nope, I don't order them alphabetically. I do try to keep same genres together though. So Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and a few other horror authors are all together. I did throw Neil Gaiman in with them though cause it just fits there. 


Pictures of my shelves:






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. 


Read Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19. There is a huge arson in this book that led to a business being burned. Honestly this book is terrible, just skip it. 


Completed tasks: 4