I wish the pacing of the book would have been a bit more consistent because I almost picked up another book to read at some points, but then in other parts couldn‘t put it down and stayed up too late to find out the whole story. An enjoyable read overall though with a story that does build well over time despite the pacing as you the reader gets a more complete understanding of January and her life - who I really came to love as a character.
One thing I really liked about this book vs other portal fiction books is that the story isn't really about the world beyond the portal but the idea that portals are a source of change for the world and that closing them off is detrimental. Also loved the fact that there are cats in all worlds.
A little snow cream + my current IRL #bookclub selection. ❄️ 7” of snow and counting! ☃️
I am not convinced. I really liked the idea of the Doors and all the different worlds. Only around 40% my interest grew a bit, but not a lot. I don't know why I didn't like this book. Nothing is wrong with it. Characters and plot are nice, there is a lot happening, the speed is quite nice. I kept having the feeling it would get better, but it didn't. Still a nice read though, just not more than nice.
My match for #NewYearWhoDis is @BennettBookworm ! So many of the books from this list were already on my radar, so it will be exciting to finally get around to them! My plan is to read one per month starting with the tagged book. Can't wait to get started! #NYWD22
Man, I‘m really glad I didn‘t bail on this. After a few chapters, the plot really picked up. I liked the huge twist in the middle, but I thought that the ending was really abrupt. There is a bit of animal cruelty in this book, just thought that was worth mentioning. 5⭐️
THANK YOU @LiteraryinLawrence ! This book was Magic and Heart and Adventure! In its 374 pages I was lost and then found. The prose was dizzyingly beautiful and the story was utterly transporting. It was reminding me of Jasper Fforde‘s Eyre Affair, and if you know me, you know that‘s HIGH praise ❤️
I struggled to get into this one, immediately put off by the YA aspect but I kept going, and while not completely rewarded for the effort, it was a good story overall. Some sections I was annoyed and skimmed while in others I was hooked. A lot tried to resolve all at once at the very end.
Captivating. Truly entrancing. Like stepping into someone else's imagination of pure magic. I loved every page of this book, even the parts that were emotionally difficult to read. I've never dreaded the end of book this much.
I want everyone to read this book.
A fantastical journey of stories and the power they hold. The middle dragged but it led the story to a very satisfying end. Amazing prose, very vivid and magical. #pieandsnackbookclub
I think my favorite is The 10,000 Doors of January. What about you? If I didn't tag you, please share your favorite anyway! I'm in the mood for judging a book by its cover.
@TheAromaofBooks @Reggie @Trashcanman @Q84 @LazyLibrary @Eggs @MsMelissa @TheNerdyProfessor
#TBRPile 📚 “When I was seven, I found a door. I suspect I should capitalize that word, so you understand I‘m not talking about your garden-or-common-variety door that leads reliably to a white-tiled kitchen or a bedroom closet. When I was seven, I found a Door.”
I must apologize to my #LMPBC group! I‘m so behind! I‘m about 3/4 of the way through The Lace Reader and just received 10000 Doors in the mail. It‘s just end of school year craziness in the most chaotic year ever. I have seniors, so getting them in the path to graduation has been ALL consuming! School ends on June 8 and I will have both out to next on the list by then. Im so sorry!!
Here‘s my review for another book I finished listening to. I‘m counting this book for different reading challenges that I‘m participating in this year.
☑️Book Bought As A New Release - #theunreadshelfproject2021
☑️Read A Book With Flowers On The Cover Or In The Title - #tbrknockout
☑️Bought It For The Cover - #beatthebacklist
☑️A Book Everyone Seems To Have Read But You - #popsugarreadingchallenge2021
Strong metaphor for the attempt to escape reality, separation and abandonment, beautifully illustrated through the idea of inter-connected many-worlds and rich lyricism in the descriptions.
Nonetheless, a bit too predictable, neither very interesting nor original plot and characters, incapable of triggering powerful and persisting emotions or that feeling of nostalgia that still lingers at least for a few hours once the book is finished.
Lovely, relaxing weekend read
"It was a bright spring morning, full of promise. Most travellers are familiar with this kind of weather - when the wind blows westward and warm but the ground still chills the soles of your feet, when the tree buds have begun to unfurl and scent the air with secret springtime madness - and they know those days are made for leaving"
This book was a joy to read. I love the idea of magical doors that serve as gateways between worlds. The writing is gorgeous and I loved her use of imagery in describing words and even letters—for example, she compares a P to someone standing with their hand on their hip. While telling an entertaining story, she also touches on a lot of really important themes such as racism, sexism, and classism without ever being preachy.
Do you ever have a book that you connected with so well that you're almost afraid to talk to others about the experience, bc you know not everyone will love it the way you do? This book was pretty much as perfect as it gets for me; Harrow gets added to my auto-buy list. Beautiful, and contained nearly ALL of my favorite tropes. Nothing negative to say at all. Read for #LMPBC. Should get to the next person Wednesday or so
17 books finished
And only 4 that weren't on my monthly TBR 😅
I was able to finish both my #bookspin and #doublespin books and got 3 bingos! If I had to choose a favorite read, it would be the tagged book. But it was a great month of reading overall! Looking forward to April 😊
I really loved the beginning of this book, but to be honest, it took me awhile to understand what was going on between all of the character‘s stories, and I found some of the chapters dragged on a bit. I detested the idea that a ‘vampire‘ was even a character in this book, and felt like she could have been more imaginative with the other characters from other worlds. I do like the way the book ended, although it was rushed and very short.
The books are here! I'm really looking forward to reading everone's comments on this one!
@Jerdencon Yours is in the mail - I forgot to post when I sent it. You should have it any day now! @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers #lmpbc
Just finished my March #BookSpin and I really loved it. Leaving aside the Fantasy elements, this was just beautiful writing. The characters, their interactions and love stories, the idea, I really loved it.
And quotes like “Books can smell of cheap thrills or painstaking scholarship, of literary weight or unsolved mysteries.“
Definite pick! 👍
Thanks again @TheAromaOfBooks!
Also thanks to @BookishMarginalia for #LitsyAtoZ 2021
This was a beautiful, fantastical novel full of magic portals, escapism, and searching for home. I enjoyed going on a journey with January as she grew up and started to discover who she was as an individual. The book within a book aspect was fun, and I liked how the scholarly tone of one juxtaposed the plot-driven adventure of the other. It really highlighted the theme of using reading and books as an escape from the world 📚✨
“If we address stories as archaeological sites, and dust through their layers with meticulous care, we find at some level there is always a doorway. A dividing point between here and there, us and them, mundane and magical. It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”
This writing is just as beautiful as the cover and I'm already hooked.
I‘m not going to lie when I started this book I thought it was kind of slow and began to wonder what all the hype was about. I am so glad I pushed through my initial doubts because WOW did it pick up and the writing - THE WRITING is just.... okay I need sleep. Good night! (15)
Once we have agreed that true love exists, we may consider its nature. It is not, as many misguided poets would have you believe, an event in and of itself; it is not something that happens, but something that simply is and always has been. One does not fall in love; one discovers it.
But the rules were made by Lockes and Havemeyers, by wealthy men in private smoking rooms who pulled the world‘s riches to themselves like well-dressed spiders in the center of a golden web. People of significance; people who could never be locked away in small rooms and forgotten.
This was just ok for me - the pacing and plotting could both have been better executed in my opinion. Some of the fantastical elements were introduced agonizingly slowly, while others felt rushed and superficially treated (especially at the end). Not bad but didn‘t all come together like I would have hoped. #BOTM
Has anyone else ever bought a book just because the cover was pretty? I hope it turns out to be a good pick. 🤞🏾Lol.
A little backstory: I picked this one up two -ish years ago after receiving it as a Christmas gift. Dropped it after 60 pages. I couldn‘t get into it, and so I planned to pick it up again. Two days ago, stuck in the middle of a reading slump where the last few books I read seemed MEH, I picked it up again, &....WHAT A RIDE. Now this is a space/ time travel sort of book, surprisingly, but is beautifully unique.⬇️