Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Every Heart a doorway and TMST: Do you find it is easier to read and review books that you have picked up on your own?

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Guests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost. 

My thoughts:
When I saw this one was free from TOR I went all omg, now now now! I do like MacGuire's books but I had not read this one. It was a novella. I had doubts. But fear not, she is a wonderful writer after all and this was just up my alley.

Nancy comes to a home for well, troubled teens. Her parent's put her there to get better, but the home is not really for that. The women helping them knows very well they are not crazy. They have all been to different worlds. Now they need to learn with the loss of those worlds and being in the real world.

Now this was fascinating. All these worlds, so many worlds! All these kids stumbling in and then out of them. The loss they need to deal with then.

As for the School. Well sinister things are afoot. Nancy are thrown in the middle of things and a good story unfolds.

A really good novella.

Cover
nice


Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Tor.com
Wayward Children #1
Paranormal
Novella

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

This week's conversation starter: 
July 18th: Do you find it is easier to read and review books that you have picked up on your own? 

Honestly, sometimes it is the exact opposite. Because books I have bought, received or picked up at the library, well I have a low tolerance with those at times. I find it easy to dnf them. To just let them go. While when it comes to review books I try harder to read them.

Books I have picked up on my own, right, so higher tolerance for dnf.
When it comes to books I buy I spend a lot of time investigating them so to say. When it comes to library books I just pick books and yes that might be why I dnf a lot. They are not always for me.

Review books comes first, so I would not say I have it easier to read my own books. They come second, that is if it is not books I really really want. And those I usually get for xmas or my bday. Yes I do not buy books whenever. I  wait for xmas and my bday ;)

When it comes to reviews, well I review everything that I read. So it does not matter what it is.

I guess my question is no? Since everything is equally easy to read and review.


Luci on April 30th. He was NOT amused


38 comments:

  1. I love the cover of Every Heart a Doorway but I'm not sure the book is for me.

    I've gotten so I just read what I want when I want.

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  2. I definitely find it easier to read and review books I've picked myself. Sometimes with review books, I feel so ambivalently about them that reviewing is a definite chore. Anyway, great review and discussion post!

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    1. In the end the hardest ones for me are those I really love

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  3. Ooh the book looks amazing. I really need to check it out.


    My answer would be no as well. Review books always comes first, the books I buy usually sit on my shelf for a lengthy amount of time before I pick them up. And, like you, I don't really put too much effort into finishing a book that is mine vs. a review book that I will give it a good try to finish it.

    Simply Angela

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    1. Yes do!

      Those poor books. I bought one 2 months ago, meant to read it before the baby came but...review books comes first

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  4. I always read my ARCs first then the books I have bought! Priorities priorities 😂😂
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

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  5. I'm glad you loved this too! I am so glad it turned into a series.

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  6. I find it much easier to read and review books I choose myself. With review books, I feel like I have to do more and make more notes.

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  7. I pretty much review and read books that I have bought myself. Very rarely do I read and review requests.

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  8. Seanan has a few of these novellas set in the same world. Not sure if the characters are all the same.

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  9. That was a lot of snow for April. I agree that I am not as disciplined when it comes to reviewing books I pick up. I used to review everything, but lately, I have let a few slide.

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    1. It was crazy...but then it was APril so it is "allowed"

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  10. I'm afraid I don't review everything, I like to read my own books and not review. No pressure that way!

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  11. I've always wanted a read a book by this author! Though I must admit that I'm completely in love with the cover first and foremost. Lol. Glad you enjoyed this!

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    1. She is so great, you have to try something by her

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  12. I think it all depends on the book as well. Sometimes I read review stuff and think, how am I going to review this?! And panic for a moment then relax and start somewhere I liked. Some books are easier to review. But I can understand this side of things too.

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    1. SOme books are sure hard, and some books that should be easy are still hard

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  13. I've been wondering about Every Heart a Doorway!

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  14. I've read a seanan McGuire novella but not this one. It was free on Tor? Ack too bad I missed that. I'll have to watch for it to go on sale. I do love the idea of the school and the other worlds- totally up my alley. :)

    Cute pic!

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    1. Like for 1 day or something, I got lucky :D

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  15. In general I definitely do better with books I choose for myself (which makes sense, since I know what I like) but I've also had good luck with books that are pitched to me that I've never heard before. I only read them if they interest me, but it's nice whenever I come across something I end up liking.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Sometimes I do give something a try, and I am more than happy when it works out ;)

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  16. yes I liked this one as well as book 2

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  17. Glad you loved the novella. I'm edging back to reviewing when and what I want but I have a few blog tour commitments first. Why do I do that to myself?!

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  18. I really enjoyed Every Heart a Doorway and can't wait for my turn at the library for the second one. I also review everything that I read so it doesn't make too much of a difference. I seem to only read review books anyway.

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    1. Lately I have read mostly review books, but that is because I have not read as much as I usually do

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  19. I have to say it doesn't matter to me really. I only review books that I would want to read, so there really isn't much difference between review books and purchased books for me.

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