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New Feature!

What is this you ask?? An adorable baby dragon promising a new feature? Madness! Don’t worry my dears, it is not madness as far as I can tell ;-). I have made no secret of the fact that I am working pretty darn hard at grad school this semester and have been trying to make sure my priorities are in the right place. However, I can’t help looking at the pile of books I’ve received from publishers lately and wishing that I could find a way to talk about them despite only being able to read about a book every week and a half currently.

Therefore, I’m taking inspiration from Christina at A Reader of Fictions and her First Page Test. The way she did it, she read the first page of a book and tried to decide whether she wanted to continue reading it. I’m going to tweak this idea a bit however because I want to get to know a book a little bit more. I think many of us can agree that often you have a general idea of how well a book will match your taste within the first chapter or so. Therefore, I’m going to be reading the first chapter of a book (hoping they all have chapters, I’m looking at you Hungry!) and sharing my first impressions such as:

  • How the writing style is: whimsical? light? dark? ragged?
  • The general tone of the start: action? flashback?
  • All the things you can generally glean from the cover and blurb but I don’t trust them! These are things like setting, age of characters, genre, etc.

Finally, I’ll discuss whether I think I want to continue the book. I’m generally going to be doing Just Hatched when a book I received for review consideration is coming up to publication date and I won’t be able to read it completely in time. Therefore, the whether I want to continue will probably be on a scale of:

  1. What are you talking about, I already finished it last night (~5 stars)
  2. Definitely going to be reading this next (~4 stars)
  3. Keeping and hoping to get back to (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

This’ll also be a great chance for any of you who do end up reading it to give me opinions on how the end compares with the beginning :D. And chatting about books is really my goal here, so that goal will be achieved, yey!

What do you think of this new feature? Am I completely mad? Do you think you’ll find it useful at all? What else do you think I should take note of to discuss?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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Comments

  1. I love this idea and look forward to it. Giving books a whole chapter seems more than fair. Oh, and I love your baby dragon.

  2. I was just over at your Glass Arrow Just Hatched post and realized I’d missed your intro post here so I swung by before commenting over there. Gah, real life is crazy busy right now…which would explain why I missed this. LOVE this idea Anya, I’m off to check your first impressions on Glass Arrow :D
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  3. I think this is an awesome idea. And the baby dragon is great.

  4. I think it’ll definitely be useful to you, probably useful to us, but most importantly: adorable baby dragon! :D
    Kel @ Booked til Tuesday recently posted…Revealed by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2 stars)My Profile

  5. It’s a nice idea. You will have more topics to write about and as you said you will hear people’s opinion of that book. SO if the book didn’t grab you we can change your mind, or tell you to run away. :)
    I’m looking forward to the first post of this feature. :)
    Dragana recently posted…Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria AveyardMy Profile

    • Exactly! I really just want to crowd source decisions about what to read with a little bit of contribution on my part, ha!

  6. First of, that baby dragon is SO ADORABLE. Secondly, I really like the sound of this feature! It’s amazing how much a book needs to grab you in the first few pages in order to keep you reading,especially when you’re short on time and need to prioritize. But I also love how you’re giving us a chance to convince you that the book is worth it if you’re not feeling it to begin with. Some of my favourite books were slow to start off with but built and built into something epic by the final page.
    Bec @ Readers in Wonderland recently posted…Review: The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer KloesterMy Profile

    • Exactly! I love hearing from you all if a book gets much better later and so I should read it. And if I don’t post about the books I try, then how will I get to hear valuable advice?!

  7. I absolutely adore the idea of this feature because it’s not like you are Dnfing you are just giving a first impression. I can’t wait to see the first one and of course I adore the baby dragon!!
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  8. This sounds like a great feature! I also think your ratings are fair… completely fair.

  9. first impressions are not the entire story, but are terribly important! So, I quite like this idea :)
    Lisa @TenaciousReader recently posted…Tenaciously Stacking the Shelves – January 8, 2015My Profile

    • A great ending can certainly make up for a lot, but it’s shocking how easy it is to get a good feel for a book from just the beginning!

  10. I’m excited to see your new feature in action! :)

  11. This sounds a great idea for you! Since your time is caught up in other things right now and you don’t have time for all of them. it definitely makes it easier to manage the reading time you do have.
    I personally couldn’t do it though…I tend to get caught up and when I close a book I’m usually at least a quarter of the way through on the first time I sit down with it.

    • Thanks :D

      I definitely used to be that way and it is probably quite telling that I have a hard time finding enough time to get that far in one sitting D:

  12. The baby dragon is so cute. The thing would be if I really enjoyed the first chapter than I would have to continue and finish the book.
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  13. I love it! One page would be really hard, so I’m glad you’re doing a chapter. And, the baby dragon is so cuuuuute!

  14. I think this could work! I *try* not to judge books by their covers, but I definitely do judge them by the first chapter or two. Also, how could you go wrong with an adorable baby dragon?

    Maybe you could also mention which person/tense the book is written in, because some people are particular about that.

    • I totally judge books on covers ;-). If there isn’t a pretty cover, I just have a hard time getting my brain to be excited these days D:

      I added a note about doing person/tense for future ones, thanks!!

  15. This is such a good idea! I was doing something similar with just the descriptions/blurbs — is the blurb good enough to entice me to read the book? Do I get a sense of everything I need to know in order to decide whether I want to read it or not? I stopped doing that in the fall when I cut back my posts during some crazy work/school periods, and I haven’t started it back up because I’ve had so much better stuff to talk about. Good luck with this one! I hope it goes well for you :)
    Liza Barrett recently posted…Weekend Writing Warriors: February 7 #8sundayMy Profile

  16. dawww baby dragon! I think this sounds like a great idea.

  17. I think this is a great idea. I think all book bloggers struggle with being able to keep up with review books. I know I do:-)
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  18. I love this. I used to put so much effort into reading at least the first 100 pages of a book before I give up but I feel like this is a much better way to go.

    • Yeah I thought about something longer like that and then was like, well I might as well read the whole book then, ha!

  19. The baby dragon is adorable! This sounds like it’ll be an interesting feature. I prefer your idea of the first chapter rather than only the first page, because just one page doesn’t really tell you much.
    Hellen recently posted…Review/Reseña – Ten (Diez) – Gretchen McNeilMy Profile

  20. This sounds like a good way of handling all the books you have to read – although I don’t think I’d be able to just stop after the first chapter! Love the lil dragon icon too.
    Miriam @ Inky Realms recently posted…Book Review: Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A. S. ByattMy Profile

  21. *grabs baby dragon and runs* I love this! I think it will def help and is a stellar way to highlight books that you don’t have time to read at the moment. I look forward to your first one.

  22. The baby dragon is pretty cute.
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