So Goodreads. It’s got books and reviews and it’s the best way to find out about books.
Molly over at Molly’s Book Nook had an excellent post about why she’s starting a new Goodreads account, which got me to thinking why I use it — right now my reason for that is everyone else seems to be doing it <— not a good reason.
… but I still don’t get it. I’ve been told it’s a social media of sorts, with a social feed, but I feel like there’s an importance to it I’m missing. Is it more than just keeping track of your reviews? Or your TBR?
It’s like an electronic library shelf, I guess and considering the state of my library shelves, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I don’t quite understand Goodreads.
So here’s my thing: what made Goodreads make sense for you? What made the penny drop? Bc I am in dire need of a different POV on it to make sense of it… wait, does that make sense?
Like the books I’ve recced here, I haven’t added to Goodreads — should I?
Anyway, this book made me giggle: it’s like getting the best news at the worst time ever. Or the worst news at the best time?
When Alice realises she’s dying (leukemia), she takes it upon herself to throw caution to the wind and right a couple of wrongs however she can with the help of her friend Harvey — like getting revenge on her ex. Thing is she goes into remission #WOOPS. BIG WOOPS. So she’s got to face the consequences of what she’s been doing for 6 months and also — Harvey. Who likes her, and who she just might’ve hurt along the way. Is it bad that this made me giggle a little? Bc it sounds HILARIOUS. Right? I think it might be hilarious and bittersweet too.
This is how I stumbled on to this book and I could not stop laughing again: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg: A Visual Guide
But more than that made me check it out on Goodreads: So Joanna is the daughter of Holmes and Irene Adler, and I am not clear if she realises this or no. But she and her son come to the attention of a certain Dr Watson and his Dr Watson Jnr when they witness a man commit suicide. Allegedly. So begins a mystery, with the Watsons becoming a trio with a Holmes added to their mix. A HOLMES daughter, investigating with a Dr Watson Snr who will no doubt watch his son and Holmes daughter with affection and reminisce about the good old day… yes that’s a very specific day dream, but I stand by it. Nods.
So about Small-town Australia? Here’s a murder mystery set in small-town New Zealand. They have those there too lol!
I’ve never been to New Zealand and I should probably get around to fixing that at some point. This is a mystery set on the South Island, which is seems is a good spot to hide if someone is after you. Except when they find you there. Now the only character mentioned in the blurb is Nick Chester, a sergeant. And I can’t decide if he’s the one hiding out there or is it someone else entirely? What do you think?
So this recommendation comes with visual aids:
Yes, that’s the Hulk brushing his teeth, but it illustrates the point about this next one:
This is quite simply a collection of stories about the mundane lives of superheroes, which lets face is ripe for the stories to be told. And I love the simplicity of such an idea and the potential behind it. And if you want to see more of the mundane lives of heroes, check out Greg Guillemin’s work and I swear you won’t be disappointed.
And last is a small, big book of sorts. Kind of.
One bright day, Yoona and three of her classmates are held hostage by Lloyd, a young man who is pretty much losing it after the death of his best friend. And the love of Yoona’s life — Jaesung. So what happened that day the man they both cared about so much died? What drove Lloyd to this? And why does his death warrant a dive into Yoona’s past and life in South Korea? I feel like this one has so very different threads I can’t imagine how the author is going to pull them together, though I dearly want to know.
That’s it for me this week. I’m off to not add these to Goodreads. HA.
Yeah, I need to to make sense of that site don’t i?