Good afternoon everyone!
Today marks the first time we’ve completed and posted a reading challenge.
This week I, Eden, had the opportunity to challenge Caitlynn and Jenn. There aren’t really any rules, yet. But this week, I decided I would challenge Caitlynn and Jenn to books they never thought they’d read (or get to reading).
They were expected to read the books and then answer a series of questions about the books.
It’s pretty self explanatory and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.
Jenn – Fifty Shades of Grey
Question 1: Is this a book you misjudged?
Jenn: I think I got out of it exactly what I thought the book would be. It did not change my mind as to what I expected. I did enjoy reading it and annotating it more than I thought I would.
Did you enjoy reading it for good reasons or bad reasons?
Purely bad reasons.
Can you explain that?
I think what was nice about this book in particular is that I had very low expectations, so anytime I could find any enjoyment whether that was through the actual story, which… didn’t happen or if it was because I thought parts of it were funny or the writing style was more humorous than it was intended to be, made it an entertaining read.
Question 2: What would be something that would draw people to this book?
Jenn: Sex. Or for people who don’t read regularly, if you don’t normally read and you just want something that you can just fly through, I think adult women could just pick this up and develop into more regular readers from this book.
Question 3: What was the biggest deterrent?
Jenn: The writing. I don’t think it was well written at all. There are parts that are blatantly obvious that she got stuck in a world that she was writing a fan fiction for and that she hadn’t created it herself. It’s unfortunate because there are a lot of great fan fictions that take a world and develop it into their own writing. I don’t think that E.L. James was successful in that and there were just a lot of things that just didn’t make sense and there was no development. We were at the same place at the beginning as we were at the end.
Question 4: Favorite moment and why?
Jenn: One moment that sticks out particularly in my mind is when his mom shows up and they’re having sex and he “blinks rapidly” and goes, “Oh no! My mom!” because I continued to imagine him in that SNL skit with Keenan Thompson where he’s the Jefferson acting coach.
Question 5: Top three cringiest moments:
Jenn: The cringiest parts were the parts where E.L. James seemed to be out of touch with the culture or the age group, so:
- Ana’s first outfit that she says look smart.
- It was tall brown boots and everything else was some varrying shade of blue. Oh and she makes sure to tell us that her hair is a mess.
- When she makes Ana very smart at some moments, but really dumb at others.
- He says to Ana, “We’re going to my playroom,” and she has her respond with, “Oh we’re going to go play Xbox!”
- How he never referred to her period as her period but he continued to refer to it as bleeding! The first time he said it I was like, “What happened?! Why is she bleeding?!”
Question 6: Will you read the next book?
Question 7: What would you rate this book?
Jenn: Three, I just had so much fun!
Caitlynn – Vampire Academy
Question 1: Would you have read this book earlier?
Caitlynn: Yeah, I think so. Reading it now I can definitely see it appealing to my younger self. The characters aren’t super complex and there was a lot of drama, but as older me I was hoping for more action.
Question 2: What do you think is the biggest draw?
Caitlynn: General public or me?
General public, I think people are still obsessed a bit with vampires so they’d be more interested in these for that reason alone.
For me, the relationships.
Question 3: What do you think is the biggest deterrent?
Caitlynn: General public, vampires. At least that’s how it is for me. Sometimes I’m excited for a vampire book and sometimes I just don’t want to read anything else about vampires.
Me, age. I feel like it’s a little young.
Question 4: Favorite moment and why?
Caitlynn: Probably when her and Dmitri hooked up. A. Because of the circumstances and B. because I just wanted them to hook up.
What were the circumstances again?
There was a compulsion spell on the necklace she was wearing. When I was reading it I thought I’d missed a whole page. I was freaking out and then when I realized what had happened I just really liked it. It was a really cool mindfuck.
Question 5: Has this redeemed Richelle Mead?
Caitlynn: Definitely. This definitely shows her range. This book was much better done than The Glittering Court. It definitely helped me not dislike her writing so much.
Question 6: Will you read the next one?
Caitlynn: Yeah probably.