Monday, May 2, 2016

Musing Mondays (51) Random Weekly Questions

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat, that asks you to muse about something book related each week.

My Musings for the Week...

This week, there won't be any Other Musings since I don't have anything I want to specifically talk about, but I am answering two random weekly questions.

Random weekly question from April 18th: Name your least favorite plot device employed by way too many books that you actually enjoyed, otherwise.

Well, I think most plot devices (or tropes) can be okay when used in the right way to benefit the story rather than hinder it. However, one that annoys me the most is the lack of female friendships between the main character and others around her. Sometimes this works, but at other times no reason is ever given for such open hostility (and at other times the reason seems almost trivial; just my opinion of course). Either way, it is a plot devices that gets on my nerves, but otherwise, I won't dislike a good book because of it.

However, lately, I have read some books where female friendships  played a bigger role, and the main character wasn't just surrounded by guys for no explicable reason. So, that was pretty great, and I look forward to finding more books that display some spectacular and also diverse friendships.

Today's Random Weekly Question: Name any 5 books from your “to be read” pile (even if it’s a “virtual” pile).

Well, this makes it easier on me. Normally, I could go on and on about the books I want to read, but just five on my current TBR is ridiculously easy to choosebecause I already have them on my shelf. I don't know when exactly I'll read the books, but it'll definitely be sometime soon...

The first is Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett. I've had this book for a long time, and it's part of my goal to revisit some old novels I enjoyed.

The next one is The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee. Like Wintersmith above, The Triator in the Tunnel is part of my goal, and the last book I have by Y.S. Lee. I do want to get the last book in the series to see how it all ends.

Next is The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. I've read several of Black's other novels, and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. So, I'm looking forward to finally reading The Darkest Part of the Forest. 

And then there is Need by Carrie Jones. I did read this book a very long time ago. I remember that I liked it but I don't remember much of the details (not even how the book actually ended). So, I look forward to this one again soon.

And, last but not least, In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. I'm pretty excited for this one.

That's about it for today. What are some of the books off your TBR pile? 


  1. Ooh In the Shadow of Blackbirds has been on my long TBR for a while now too. The cover is captivating! I've also been meaning to read The Darkest Part of the Forest.

    Hope you get to read these soon! PS Terry Pratchett is amazing!
    Happy Reading
    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune

    1. Same here, The Darkest Part of the Forest and In the Shadow of Blackbirds have been on my TBR for a long time. So, I'm really looking forward to finally reading them. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  2. I also like a story where the female lead has female friendships...I think those bonds show a lot about the character. The absence of such makes me suspicious of the MC.

    Thanks for sharing, and here is my MUSING MONDAYS POST

    1. I have to agree with you there. Bonds are important, and they can add to the development of the character by showing some of their personality during casual conversations. Thanks for stopping by! :D

  3. Catty girls, I totally agree with you there.

    Lots of books in my TBR pile that are crying because I haven't touched them. I feel so guilty. Really want to read The Strangers on Montague Street by Karen White so I can catch up on one of my favorite series.

    Thanks for visiting The Book Connection.


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