Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



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The Martian
Andy Weir
Progress: 31/369 pages
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter
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J.K. Rowling
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The Children of Húrin
J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
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Skin - Donna Jo Napoli I gave in and borrowed my brother’s laptop to post this review. I stopped reading this book awhile ago, and wrote the review, thinking I would just email it to myself and post it once I had my computer access back. But, it’s been a couple weeks—and my files are still backing up. So here we are—I might borrow it some more, but the Word Document on the Mac make absolutely no sense to me, so don’t hold your breath. I’ll be completely honest—I didn’t finish this book. I got to 79% on the e-ARC and I called it quits. To emphasize what this means, look at it this way—the last time I didn’t finish a book, I was probably in the third grade. I was reading this awful time travel/sci-fi book about dinosaurs and three characters I hated, and I got about halfway through before I threw the book to the ground and stormed away. But that book haunted me until about the eighth grade, when I dug it out from my closet and forced my way to the end. And I hated every minute of it.It’s a personal rule of mine to simply finish books. I think it’s only fair to give a book its entirety to impress me. I don’t feel like I can properly judge a book unless I’ve read every page. I pick up a book and I read it—the only time I didn’t do this while in my reviewing career was with [b:Will Grayson, Will Grayson|6567017|Will Grayson, Will Grayson|John Green||6759965], and I’d only gotten ten pages in before just deciding I didn’t want to. So I don’t really count that one. And I didn’t rate it or write a review for it—just posted a little reason why I chose not to continue the book and why it wasn’t my cup of tea. But Skin was different.It started out alright—the thrill of reading a book about a skin disease intrigued me, although the narration was stilted and weird. (Present tense strikes again, as I like to say.) I found Sep, the main character, to be annoying and more than slightly irritating. But I drove on. When the love interest, Joshua, was introduced, I scoffed a lot. And the farther I got into the story, the less I wanted to read it.I stopped reading this book for one reason. Most of my readers will know by now that I simply don’t like reading books with sexual content. I can deal with fade-to-black scenes and if it really gets “bad”, I just skip the chapter or the next place where it’s over. And most of you know I’m LDS (Mormon), so my reasons are religious. And I also just hold a personal belief that sex is a “behind closed doors” sort of thing, and on an intimate level, I don’t think it’s right to exploit something that personal for entertainment. That’s my stance and I often choose not to read books if I know it’ll have sexual content. That’s not new; not for me. This book had promise but just…too much sex. Sep, the main character, seems to sexualize a lot of things, and the reader is even subjected to an entire chapter about the various mating habits of different animals. One chapter in particular really put me off, and I made the firm decision that if another scene came up that I had to skip because of the graphic nature, I would make this book the first on my brand new DNF shelf. And, of course, not long after, I made the decision to stop reading.This is me, I know. I know that there will be other people who don’t mind, or people who think it adds to the story, or people who just really don’t care. I know I’m one of the very, very few book reviewers who has beliefs like me, especially in YA, so I know that there will be people who disagree with me. I have a myriad of other reasons for giving this book one star, and was considering the rating before I even decided to possibly DNF this book. But that’s the long story short. I just wasn’t the right crowd for this book.I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Read more?