Friday, March 27, 2009

Best 'Worst' Book, Friday Finds, and a new look

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Suggested by Janet:

The opposite of last week’s question: “What’s the best ‘worst’ book you’ve ever read — the one you like despite some negative reviews or features?”

A short answer this week. I think I'd have to say that the books in the Twilight series are my best 'worst' books. No matter how cheesy or ridiculous the story, I just can't help myself. A bit of a guilty pleasure but I became totally addicted to them.

Another writer that people love to disparage is Dan Brown. And sure, he won't win any awards for his excellent prose but he does know how to write suspense and keep the story zipping along. However implausible the plots, I quite enjoyed both The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons when I read them.

What is your best 'worst' book?

(My answer to last week's question: Worst 'Best' Book).

I thought I'd mention a couple of the books that I've added to my wishlist recently:

Still Alice - Lisa Genova
It sounds like a sad, but moving story and Les gave it a 5/5!

The Crimes of Paris - Dorothy Hoobler & Thomas Hoobler
I don't remember now how I stumbled across this one, but it sounds good, and I do have a bit of a one-sided love affair going on with Paris.

Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger
I loved The Time Traveler's Wife and was glad to hear that her next book will finally be out in October.

I took a couple days off blogging this week, but instead I've been working behind the scenes. I'd been thinking of changing my template and getting my own domain name for awhile but hadn't really had the time or motivation to spend the time on it. I finally got the urge this week though, so I give you the new, and hopefully you'll agree, improved I know it's a bit long but I couldn't come up with anything better, so there you go. Blogger should redirect to the new domain, but I'd appreciate it if you'd change the link in any blogrolls and such. I still have to tweak a few things and get some links back up, but please have a little look around, I'd love to know what you think, good or bad.

I also hope to finally catch up on visiting your blogs this weekend, or at least make a little dent in my Google Reader. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


  1. Love love love what you did with the blog! And I updated my blogroll.

    I'm very much looking forward to Her Fearful Symmetry also. Have a great weekend!

  2. I love the new site Tan! It looks fantastic!! Doesn't it feel good when you change things around? And when you have your own domain?

    I'm excited about Her Fearful Symmetry too! I jumped for joy when I heard the news that it was finally being published.

  3. I like the new look!

    The Da Vinci Code was my answer to this week's BTT too - but I haven't gotten around to reading the Twilight books yet :-).

  4. Oooooo I love your blog, I tried to add a 3 column blog a few weeks ago...first I lost all my info? I gave up :( I have been working on getting it all back and am mostly there. It is good to change one's blog once a year or so. We change to. I have to say that I like this one and the other format also. I jumped on a sale and bought a Canon camera with decent macro setting, 9 pixle, maybe a day I'll be able to go for the big one. I have one but it isn't digital and has become cumbersome to carry around, not adding all the film rolls, developping etc...the digital age sure has made things easier.
    I am still reading "IN THE LAND OF INVISIBLE WOMEN" recommended by Lotus Reads. I recommend this book highly.

    Have a wonderful week-end Nat and I hope you do receive your book soon.

  5. I wasn't sure how to answer this week's question and so took the easy way out and skipped it. Terrible, I know.

    It's been interesting to read other people's answers though.

    I enjoyed the Twilight series too--and Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code. They've all gotten a lot of criticism, some of it I even agree with, but they were all still entertaining reads.

    I am both looking forward to and leery of reading Still Alice. I will give it a try though. I'm just worried it will hit too close to home.

    I read a review of The Crimes of Paris just a few minutes ago. It does sound good, doesn't it?

    Audrey Niffenegger has a new book out? I need to read The Time Traveler's Wife then!

    I think your blog looks wonderful, Nat. Congratulations on getting your own domain name!

  6. I love the new look! It is so clean looking--something I've never been able to achieve over at my place. I also read through your review policy (didn't think you were taking comments there) and wanted to comment on what a great policy it is--and so well written. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. The makeover looks lovely! I will update my feed/link soon!

    Yay for more Audrey Niffenegger!

    And, I'll be back to read your Emma posts once I finish the first book!

  8. Lovely new template, Nat!!! Well done! I've updated my bookmarks and blog roll, so you're all set.

    Thanks for the link to my review for Still Alice. It really was an amazing read.

    I'm thrilled to hear that Niffenegger has a new book coming out. Gotta see if I can snag an ARC somewhere!

  9. Nymeth - Thanks! Once I got started I actually had quite a bit of fun tinkering with the HTML to get things how I wanted them. Still have to tweak a few things but I'm pretty pleased with it. :)

    Chris - Thanks! You're right, it was time to change things around a bit. Glad you like it.
    I'm really looking forward to Her Fearful Symmetry. That's one I think I'll be splurging on the hardcover for.

    Florinda - Thanks. I imagine The Da Vinci Code was in quite a few answers for this week's question. :)

    Sylvie - Thank you! It was time for a change. It can take a lot of effort to change templates. I lost most of my sidebar stuff too when I uploaded the new one but I'd created a test blog which is where I worked on the settings for a couple days, and I'd copied the info in my sidebars so I just had to paste the info back into them instead of re-building them with all the links and such. That really helped a lot.

    Congrats on the new camera. I hope you have fun taking lots of pictures with it.
    And I'll let you know as soon as I receive the book.

    priscilla - Thanks! :)

    Wendy - People seem to love to hate the Twilight books, and Dan Brown's books, but regardless they certainly are entertaining.

    Audrey Niffenegger's new book isn't out until October, so you've got a few months yet. But you really should read The Time Traveler's Wife.

    And thank you! :)

    Trish - Thanks! I turned the comments off on that post just to keep things simple, and in case I change anything in it later. But thanks for your kind words. I don't really consider myself a good writer, so you kind of made my day! :)

    Iliana - Thanks! I look forward to hearing what you think of Emma.

    Les - Thank you! It was time for a bit of an upgrade and I'm pleased with how it turned out. I'll be very jealous of you if you manage to get an ARC of her new book! ;)

  10. me too... My choice is The da vinci code.. but I never realized that Da Vinci code has bad reviews till I surfed some of BTT's answer

  11. bokunosekai - I think some people like to complain about it simply because it was such a bestseller. Regardless, it was a fun read.


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