Monday Muse (13) – Depth vs. Breadth


I was talking with a friend at work the other day about our habits with reading. We both found it difficult to justify reading more by one author rather than reading all the other authors out there (at least one of their books if they wrote more than one). This makes me wonder what is more important to the reader – depth in one author’s style OR breadth of authors’ voices. I can see how academics truly immerse themselves in one author and/or time period for writers to be experts, but is that what we as the common reader aim? She was more inclined to read deeply Oscar Wilde works, where I have found solace in Jane Austen, Dan Brown, and Colleen Hoover. However, once I find an author (beyond a series since that I do not consider a part of depth) and dive into their works (famous or not), I tend to notice how they approach their content and can soon predict the rising action, climax, and denouement. Not that that is a terrible thing, but it does make me reconsider other authors styles that I have yet to discover. With my huge TBR pile, after I read a book and am amazed by the author’s writing style, sometimes I jump ship from my pile and head to the local library for something else by them – I swear Colleen Hoover dominated by Fall and Winter reading!

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GoodReads Challenge Update (#1 2017)


We are about 1/4 in to 2017! As I upped my GoodReads Reading Challenge significantly to 85 this year, I have to keep myself in check and see how my progress is! Also, what I’m projected to accomplish the next 3/4!

As of right now, here is where I’m sitting:

26/85 (30.5%)

Here are the books I have read (and some reviewed) links to reviews OR Goodreads:

5 Stars

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WWW Wednesday (32)


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Recently Finished Reading: The Beauty of the Fall  by Rich Marcello (review to come) and Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Reading Next: Cymbeline by William Shakespeare and The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende


What is your WWW Wednesday?

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Snap Review: The Outsiders

Title: The Outsiders

My rating: 3/5


According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

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April 2017 TBR



  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
  • Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn
  • Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Doubles by Nic Brown


What is on your April TBR List?

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March 2017 Recap!


Books Read: (links to reviews OR Goodreads)

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