Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday and a Mini Review of Wink Poppy Midnight (featuring Bout of Books Update #1)


As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish.

This week's topic is Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet.

So I was an English major in college, which meant I was lucky enough to get to read a lot of classics (both older and modern) and get credit for it. That said, there are still quite a few classics that have been on my TBR for years that I still haven't read--I absolutely mean to get to these someday soon! (as I've been saying for quite a while now ;D)












Have you read any of these? Which one would you recommend the most?




Mini Review: Wink Poppy Midnight


This was my first finished read for the current round of Bout of Books. I'm currently about halfway through my second book, Lock & Mori.


So I finished Wink Poppy Midnight last night, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I know I didn't love it, but I think I sort of liked it? I definitely didn't hate it, but I also almost didn't finish it.

I think my main issue was with the characters. I just had the hardest time connecting to, or even really liking, any of them.

I did really like the twist--I really enjoy a book that turns everything I thought I knew on its head. But I just felt like the resolution was too pat for what purported to be such a complex book.

I really liked Tucholke's writing style at times, but at other times throughout the book it would feel like she was trying too hard. I liked the idea of a fairy tale theme, but the story would feel like it was being constricted and the language used solely to fit that theme, not to truly advance the story in a way that made sense.

So how do I feel about Wink Poppy Midnight after writing this review? It feels like it's a book that leaves me shrugging my shoulders and thinking "meh". It's not bad, but it's not great. It had a lot of potential it just didn't meet, at least in my opinion.


Have you read Wink Poppy Midnight? I'm really curious to know what other people thought about it.












8 comments:

  1. That's a great list! I love Toni Morrison but haven't read The Bluest Eye yet; I should get around to that one, too! I have read The Count of Monte Cristo, Slaughterhouse Five, The Lord of the Flies, and Animal Farm, though, and of those my favorite was definitely The Lord of the Flies; it's also one of my all-time favorite books. It's pretty dark and intense, but it's very compelling, and a quick read. I highly recommend it! :)

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for the recommendations!

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  2. Recommend the most is HARD! 1984, I'd have to say, is most, but Animal Farm's really short and definitely a must-read too.

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    1. I know, that's always such a hard question for me to answer too! Thanks for the recommendations!

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  3. I loved Robinson Crusoe and The Count of Monte Cristo. I don't remember anything at all about Slaughterhouse Five, but I remember not enjoying it. Vonnegut is such a big deal though that I have to give him another shot.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations hon!

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  4. I remember having to read Othello TWICE in high school! I'm surprised that I actually enjoyed it! Hopefully you will too :D
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

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    1. Thanks!

      That was me with King Lear and The Tempest-read them each three times between high school and college!

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