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#GratefulReads: I‘m using two of my favorite playwrights for #favoriteauthor, #notsofavoriteauthor & #aplay prompts.

Oscar Wilde is one of my absolute faves. His wit is second to none, but he also has this dark side and genius when it comes to analyzing art. I could read him all day!

I love Shakespeare, but some of his work really hits home with me and some just glances off the mark — and I enjoy a variety of his work! Maybe I‘ll grow into it.

OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 😊📚 3w
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#GratefulReads Day 23 - #notsofavoriteauthor

I don't enjoy reading John Updike's novels, and I've not had good luck with Norman Mailer, either (although I haven't tried Executioner's Song).

But thinking about books I don't like brings me down a little, so here's one of several rainbows we saw during our travels around town one afternoon this week. It was a good afternoon.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🌈 3w
Texreader Wow! A perfect 🌈 3w
ImperfectCJ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Texreader It was even more impressive in person! I couldn't get the whole thing in the picture, but we could see the entire arc and a little hint of the reverse rainbow above. 3w
Texreader You‘re so lucky! 3w
OriginalCyn620 Beautiful photo! 😊🌈 3w
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Soul of the Fire | Terry Goodkind
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I have such a love/hate relationship with Terry Goodkind. I love his Sword of Truth series. It's honestly one of my favorite fantasy series, but I've read interviews of the author and he seems like such an asshole. 😧 Very arrogant and contemptuous. So while I love his books, Terry Goodkind is not one of my favorite authors!

#gratefulreads #notsofavoriteauthor @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

vivastory Do you watch Daniel Greene's YouTube videos? He has an excellent one about why Goodkind is controversial 3w
Branwen @vivastory Wow, really? No, I had no idea that was a thing! I'm going to look up his videos! 3w
vivastory You're in for a treat with his back catolog. Greene is a big WoT & King fan. 3w
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GrilledCheeseSamurai @vivastory Yay! Another Daniel Greene fan. 👏 3w
vivastory @GrilledCheeseSamurai He's one of the very few booktubers I still watch 3w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 3w
Branwen @vivastory OMG. So I just watched that particular video and I am even more shocked and appalled at Goodkind's behavior! I'm also glad that most people seem to hate him, because I thought it was just me. I can't believe how mean he was about Robert Jordan! What an awful human being! 😡 I wonder if I reread his series if I will feel differently about it due to what I now know! 🤔 3w
vivastory His comments about Jordan were appalling. His level of arrogance is astonishing. I hope I didn't ruin his series for you, but when you posted about him I thought you might be interested. 3w
DaveGreen7777 Curiosity got the better of me so I checked out the Daniel Greene video about Terry Goodkind. “If you noticed a similarity, then you probably aren‘t old enough to read my books.” YIKES! Yeah, that‘s more than a little douchey! 😒 And the insensitive remarks about Robert Jordan are absolutely reprehensible! 🤬 3w
Branwen @vivastory Oh no worries! You didn't ruin anything! I'm glad that I now know what an absolute turd he is! I remember that when I first read the Sword of Truth series it was around the same time that I was reading the Wheel of Time series because I discovered them not too far apart. I remember thinking that were some striking similarities between the two! Imglad I wasn't the only one who thought that! 3w
Branwen @vivastory I really do want to reread the Sword of Truth books again at some point, because I'm curious to how I will feel about them now that I know all the facts! 🤔 3w
Branwen @vivastory PS-> I can't stop watching Daniel Greene videos now! 🤣😂 3w
Branwen @DaveGreen7777 RIGHT?!?! I always knew he was a jerk, but I had NO IDEA what a loathsome human being he is. How DARE he treat another person like that, especially when that person is ROBERT FREAKING JORDAN!!!!! 😡😡😡 3w
vivastory @Branwen @DaveGreen7777 I just now noticed he interviewed Sanderson. He must be on cloud 9 because he's a huge Brandon Sanderson fan😄 3w
DaveGreen7777 @Branwen @vivastory @GrilledCheeseSamurai You‘ll all be happy to know that I am now a Daniel Greene subscriber! 😁 3w
vivastory @DaveGreen7777 🎉👏🤘I don't agree with him 💯 of the time, but I honestly think he's producing the best fantasy related content on YouTube 3w
Branwen @DaveGreen7777 ME TOO! 💕📚👍🎉 3w
Branwen @vivastory I am watching that one now! 😀 3w
vivastory @Branwen Same here, I think he's doing a good job so far. I'd be completely geeking out 😂 3w
GrilledCheeseSamurai @vivastory @DaveGreen7777 @Branwen Daniel Greene is a joy to watch. Over the past year his channel has grown in leaps and bounds. He isn't into all the book tube gimmicks (which can sometimes be fun) and produces a lot of thoughtful fantasy commentary. Most of it I agree with & some if it I don't. I love that he's full time creator now so he updates a lot too. 👍 3w
GrilledCheeseSamurai As for Goodkind...i actually liked the first 4-5 books. After that I lost interest. After finding out that he was a dirt bag human though I don't like supporting him anymore. 🤷🏼‍♂️ 3w
vivastory @GrilledCheeseSamurai I love it when Greene has his rants, because like you said they are thoughtful & he's definitely not reactionary. But he's not afraid to call someone out on their BS when it's warranted, like his recent video about Dessen 3w
GingerAntics I started his Sword of Truth series, but it seemed to get repetitive, then I started reading all these articles about how he actually stole the story from a different series. I ended up giving up after the third or fourth book because predictable. 3w
Branwen @GingerAntics I'm honestly still reeling over how deplorable Goodkind is! 😧 3w
GingerAntics I guess I‘ve never seen an interview with him. If he‘s that bad, I‘m glad I stopped giving him my money. 3w
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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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know, I know. I should dig her but her books are just way too much work. They only get good at the halfway point.

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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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This is my face when my book club picks yet another “twisty domestic noir” like the tagged book. I‘ve bailed on this #notsofavoriteauthor twice and am not likely to try again. #gratefulreads

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Lcsmcat My book club did this one too, and I agree. It was awful. 3w
FlowerFairy My Mimi‘s face when she feels my son isn‘t feeding her fast enough 😂 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this book!!! 😱😱😱 3w
OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t read this book, but that cat‘s face! 😹 3w
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I love vintage photos of women reading!! I think this looks like many of us!! Lol 📚📚📚

Can anyone guess who my #Notsofavoriteauthor is?!?!


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Eggs Paula Hawkins?? 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 That doesn‘t look comfortable. I need comfort. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs that‘s one of 2!! 3w
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MicheleinPhilly Gillian Flynn? 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MicheleinPhilly yes!!!! 🙌🏻👍🏻👏🏻 I‘ve read 3 of hers so I have tried!!! 3w
MicheleinPhilly And I ❤️ her. Different strokes for different folks. 3w
OriginalCyn620 Cool photo, though! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 thank you!! I love these vintage photos! 3w
tracey38 I love that she's in bare feet! 3w
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Rest of the Story | Sarah Dessen
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Sarah Dessen is definitely a #notsofavoriteauthor for cherry picking a two year old quote from a grad student at an obscure school and using her platform to turn a lot of people against this poor woman. Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner were particularly egregious at heaping on the mean. I hope they realize someday that #kindnessisbest 😞

Given what Dessen did, this apology is very lame.

#gratefulreads #namastenovember

Skeebies05 I was so sad to see some of the people dog piling on. IE Roxane Gay :( and Jennifer Weiner equating it MeToo!! 🙄🙄 3w
Eggs Yes yes yes just be kind - it‘s not that hard to do 🥰😍 3w
Megabooks @Skeebies05 I feel like Roxane‘s apology was the best, and Ng and Picoult using hers because they couldn‘t write a better one?? You‘re writers! 🙄🙄🙄 the whole situation was an exercise is women acting in a way they said they wouldn‘t act. People can not like your books. It doesn‘t mean they have “internalized misogyny.” It May mean they just don‘t like your writing and that‘s okay. I don‘t like Dessen, et al‘s shitty attitude/behavior. 3w
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Megabooks @Eggs Exactly. On social media I try to err on the side of kindness. I am not perfect, but I try not to be rude, catty, or mean. I just went through a major depression in 2017 and 18 so I realize how important that is. (And I‘m sorry for anything weird I said on Litsy those years. It was so bad that I have huge gaps in my memory.) 💙💙💙 3w
Eggs @Megabooks I don‘t recall anything too weird; I just remember you were struggling. I‘ve been there too (with depression) and when younger my filters were sometimes nonexistent 😳🤯 🙄... Growing older and modern meds have changed me. I‘m happy for you that you‘re feeling better❤️❤️ 3w
Megabooks @Eggs It was horrible to a factor of 10 worse than in my 20s when I first started seeing a psychiatrist. I‘m doing better with changed meds and weekly appointments, but it‘s so hard. I lost a job I loved because of it. I just didn‘t ever think it would be that bad for me which is conceited. The whole experience has given me more empathy and made me much more humble. 3w
MicheleinPhilly That whole shitshow reminded me why I gave up Twitter in the first place. 🐑 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I missed it 🤷🏼‍♀️ What did Jodi do? 3w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly I‘m rarely on it, but I keep an account to read things like this first hand. 3w
MicheleinPhilly I still have an account and did go back to read it firsthand after I heard about it. The only reason I won‘t delete my account outright is because Ellen follows me. 😂 3w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sarah Dessen found a two year old article that quoted a grad student saying she got involved in her (small, very small) college‘s first year reading programs selection board because she didn‘t want Dessen‘s novel chose. Sarah cut off here, but the student instead wanted to pick some nonfiction about racism in the criminal justice system. First, it was one reader‘s personal opinion, second Dessen cut out the part about 👇🏻 3w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks that did get picked. So then a lot of writers including Picoult, Weiner, Gay, Vivian, Han, Angie Thomas, Silvera, Ng, Sepyts, Jemisin etc. heaped abuse on this student personally and publicly. It was sad and disappointing. Some have apologized, some haven‘t. I thought Jodi said some of the worst things and made a terrible apology. Jemisin hasn‘t apologized though, and she was very mean. The girl they attacked is in hiding. 3w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s just a sad situation that so many authors would turn into Regina George from Mean Girls. 3w
brittanythebookdragon I just read some of the articles and Dessen originally said something like we put our hearts and souls into our work. And like...exactly. You chose to do that and you chose to put it out there. Expect the criticism. Surely this isn‘t the first time someone hasn‘t liked her books. I‘m not sure why this group of grown women decided to gang up on this girl. 3w
AnansiGirl Wow did you see Northern State U‘s apology to Dessen? People are lambasting them for throwing the student under the bus. 3w
Eggs @Megabooks I understand the severity—it affected my job and relationships with others. I am sending hugs and zen thoughts to you 💗💗 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks omg!!!! That‘s awful!!! 3w
OriginalCyn620 Wow 😳 3w
Megabooks @brittanythebookdragon Right? I mean I‘m sure there are negative reviews on some books on amazon, goodreads, etc. Why did she pick out this one girl in a tiny South Dakota paper?? And why was everyone else so eager to attack?? 3w
Megabooks @AnansiGirl Yes, I thought they were horrible for not supporting their student!! 3w
Megabooks @Eggs Thank you so much! It‘s sad how many people can relate. I felt like coming public after a blogger I follow on Instagram did. I really appreciate how supportive you are and your kind soul. 💕💕 3w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 it was terrible seeing so many adult women act so immature and mean. Some were downright vicious. 3w
MicheleinPhilly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Clearly it means we‘re best friends. 😉 3w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly Ellen is a national treasure! Never. Delete. Your. Account! 3w
Eggs You‘re welcome. I try to treat others the way that I wish to be treated. My circumstances and missteps have humbled me...❤️❤️ 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MicheleinPhilly clearly!! Besties for sure!! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks Sher is the sweetest 💗💗💗💗 3w
CoverToCoverGirl How awful! 😢 3w
Megabooks @CoverToCoverGirl I just found it so disappointing. So many authors, so much negativity. 3w
CoverToCoverGirl I was completely oblivious until I saw your post, but what occurred is very, very disappointing and quite shocking! As authors they should understand the power of words. 3w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you for sharing this! I had no idea! This is so heartbreaking...These authors are supposed to be inspiring, walk the talk and practice what they preach. To see Picoult, See, and Gay's names here, authors whom I look up to, as some of the 'bullies', is so disheartening 😭 3w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Sorry not 'See'. Gah thought I saw her name. This is what happens when one types half awake. I wanna say Angie Thomas. Not See. Also why did the Uni have to apologize? I don't see the reason! 3w
Megabooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz Right! I‘m not a fan of Weiner‘s writing, but she went so far as to compare a student not liking Dessen‘s writing to Larry Nasser???? The whole thing was just awful. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just googled this!! I was totally unaware!! 3w
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#GratefulReads #notsofavoriteauthor
We can‘t all like the same authors...sorry, I can‘t 👆...

Soubhiville Me too. 3w
OriginalCyn620 Never read him! 3w
zezeki Not a fan either. 3w
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TrishB Never read! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Never read him!! 3w
LeeRHarry I loved The Alchemist - right time right place for me I think - but I recently read The Valkyries and was like 🤷🏼‍♀️😏 3w
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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#GratefulReads Day23. I‘m jumping in here in the middle of the month, but when I saw today‘s post #NotSoFavoriteAuthor Hilary Mantel came to mind instantly. It feels a bit like cheating when you‘ve not completed a single book of hers, but I‘ve tried to read Wolf Hall so many times and I can‘t get past her writing style of no punctuation. It‘s such a fascinating subject but the way she writes seems arrogant, as if the rules don‘t apply to her.

Bklover And I know it‘s an amazing book! 3w
ljuliel I haven‘t read any of hers either ! 3w
OriginalCyn620 Haven‘t read her either! 3w
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jb72 I can‘t stand when an author ignores punctuation. Sally Rooney does that. 3w
RebL I wrote tips on reading this book, I found it so challenging. Also, all the characters who share a name have to be teased apart because they aren‘t well identified. 3w
TrishB I can understand, but I love Wolf Hall! 3w
TiredLibrarian The style does take some getting used to, but to me it was worth it. I liked Wolf Hall but *loved* Bring Up the Bodies, and can't wait for #3. 3w
TiredLibrarian @RebL Great idea; can you share it? I'm hosting a discussion of Bring Up the Bodies in Feb. 3w
RebL @TiredLibrarian Thanks for asking... http://reblnation.com/scaffolding-challenging-books/ I hope it helps. Though it was inspired by Wolf Hall, the suggestions apply more broadly to all challenging texts. 3w
Settings I listened to the audiobooks so I had no idea she didn't use punctuation, haha. 3w
Bklover @jb72 Yes- it drives me batty! 3w
Bklover @RebL @TiredLibrarian @Settings Thanks so much for the tips! I never even gave a thought to using the audiobook to help guide me. When I was a kid there was a six week PBS special on the wives of HenryVIII that I watched with my mom. Have wanted to read it for a long time but just keep giving up! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
TheLudicReader Haha maybe she just doesn't know the rules. 3w
Settings Speaking of tv, the miniseries is extremely good. Top notch actors. 3w
RebL Being an Anglophile helps. I grew up as part of the frozen chosen (Episcopalian) and we studied on this hard. 3w
TiredLibrarian @Settings LOVE the series; Mark Rylance is fantastic. 3w
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Leaving Time | Jodi Picoult
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ljuliel I have yet to read a book by her. I‘ve started a couple, but didn‘t stick with them . I‘m not sure why. 3w
Lcsmcat @ljuliel I could offer an opinion, but it wouldn‘t be kind to her. 😉 3w
ljuliel It‘s ok 🙂. There must have been something missing or I would‘ve kept reading. Or maybe her books just aren‘t for me. I know she‘s popular, but that doesn‘t mean everyone has to like her. 3w
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Balibee146 I own one of hers but never been too motivated to read it! 3w
Laughterhp The only book I‘ve read of hers is My Sisters Keeper and I have never been interested in reading more of her books... 3w
OriginalCyn620 I‘ve only read one of her books and wasn‘t floored. Not in a rush to read more of her books! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Of course I love her ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Lcsmcat @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Many do. I‘m just not one of them. 🤷🏻‍♀️#unpopularopinion (edited) 3w
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