This challenge was created by @AnnReads for Bookstagram
I was naughty yesterday and didn’t post anything, so today I’ll do double duty and include both days in one post.
Day 10 & 11
Day 10: Book you didn’t finish
Oops…. So sorry Karina Halle but I did not finish Heat Wave. When I read the blurb I was really interested in reading about the life and work of a chef at a Hawaiian hotel. I was hoping it would be focused more on her being a chef. Instead, her being a chef barely made a difference. Restaurant kitchens are full of DRAMA. They are fascinating. Hotels always have last minute changes, obnoxious tourists, tons of employee drama. But there was nothing of that kind. Heat Wave was pretty boring. So I stopped at the half way point.
Another DNF was Home Tears by Tijan. Her books have lately been either a hit or miss. Home Tears was a definite miss for me. I didn’t even get through the first chapter.:-(
Out of Bounds by Lauren Blakely was a DNF as well. One chapter in and I gave up. But looking back over these three authors, all of them produce just OK books. I don’t hype or rave about them. They all fall into the category of I-can’t-remember-what-the-plot-was.
I have ONE favorite book by Tijan that I read again and again and her Fallen Crest High School series is very entertaining, the rest is so-so. Same with Lauren Blakely and Karina Halle.
Day 10: Best Character Development
I would consider Erik “Fish” Fiskare in The Man I Love (The Fish Tales #1) as incredibly well developed. The author took her time in crafting strong and real characters. Erik’s interest and curiosity about the people around him was fascinating to me. His struggle to overcome the aftermath felt sincere and tangible. The characters in this book were captivating and kept me turning pages.
In Mariana Zapata’s latest novel Wait For It the characters were wonderfully detailed and fleshed out. Chapters were entirely dedicated just to character development and to relationships that matured and grew in a natural way. The author set a perfect example of how a relationship should be built over time. Both main characters changed gradually and genuinely. Because of that the entire story felt original and authentic to me.