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:
- What are you talking about, I already finished it last night (~5 stars)
- Definitely going to be reading this next (~4 stars)
- Keeping and hoping to get back to (~3 stars)
- Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
- 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?
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