Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Resolutions and Book Resolutions

I love the goals you've been posting!! Keep it up! Here's mine: Get back to a regular writing/blogging/reading schedule while handling the kiddos. 

NOW as to book resolutions. I'm sure you've read as many series as I have if you read YA. I love them because if I care about a character, I don't want that character to disappear after one book. But I also can't deny that there's a beauty to a complete book. I'm thinking of ones like THE REPLACEMENT for example. As a matter of fact there have been many books lately - beautifully written books that I absolutely adore - that frustrate me at the end because I'm supposed to wait for the next installment, like the old Buck Rogers series. I like my books, even those within a series, to have a good wrap up. A nice finished feeling that leaves me wanting to visit the world again. What do you think? What examples can you think of? 

My best to you in the coming year! Let's enjoy it together *clinks glass*.


  1. Happy New Year, Lisa!!!!!!!

    I love this. The Replacement was awesome, and The Scorpio Races, and a host of other single titles. Libba Bray's for example. But the best series also do a good job of wrapping up, and showing an arc and all the other things that a good book is supposed to do. I'm thinking of If I Stay, for example, or Under the Never Sky, or Hunger Games. Katniss is so not the same person at the end of book one that she was at the beginning. Or Karou in Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight. On the other hand, as much as I loved The Raven Boys, I was disappointed that the depth wasn't there the same way it was in The Scorpio Races. As brilliant as she is, I'm suspecting that she is going to bring that depth in as an arc through the series though. Yes, I do dislike delayed gratification though, and the idea of having to wait two-and-a-half more years to see if there's a payout.

    My New Year's Writing Resolution? To focus on writing the best books, the best chapters, the best scenes, the best sentences. That's all I can control.

    Love you and sending hugs! Clink your glass for me tonight!


  2. Agreed. I love series, but there's nothing like a satisfying stand-alone read. I just finished THE DIFFERENT GIRL (which comes out in Feb.) and it definitely fell into that category. Happy New Year!

  3. I agree completely. I feel manipulated by the ones that have cliffhanger endings, in fact I stopped reading one popular series after the first book (I won't name it) ended in mid-scene!
    Like you, I want to be so enchanted that I wish to return to that world and unravel more of the mysteries, not be left dangling.

    A book that really left me awed and satisfied from beginning to middle to end was Seraphina.

    Wishing you a bright and satisfying New Year, Lisa!

  4. I loved Fracture by Megan Miranda. There is a sequel, but Fracture was wonderful all by itself.

  5. Loved THE REPLACEMENT. I am a series girl so unfinished endings when I know there is more to come doesn't bother me. Each book in the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series has worked for me as its own unique story. Happy New Year.

  6. Happy new year, Lisa! I'm not much of a series girl. Maybe it's my short attention span, but I like for a story to wrap up nicely, and then I move on to the next one.