Let’s Talk Bookish – Spring Books

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March 17: Spring Books (Aria)

Prompts: What books do you like to read in spring? What makes you feel the change in the seasons? Is it the cover, or the content? Do you read certain genres in spring, or books set during the season? What books are on your spring 2023 tbr?

Welcome to another week of LTB here at DTRH, everyone! Today’s topic is from our very own host, Aria! If you haven’t followed her yet, make sure to check out her awesome blog (linked above) and give her a follow if you like her content.

Spring (and I suppose summer) is where I tend to branch off and just read whatever sometimes, and not stick to my usual picks. That being said, where I am, it is currently not spring. There is snow everywhere and it is too cold to even retire my winter jacket. Brrrr. But if it were spring, I think I’d definitely try to read some other genres, like fantasies or romances. It always feels like an opportunity to try something new and fresh, which reflects the vibes of the spring season.

It’s definitely the weather and the increase in sunlight that makes me feel the change in weather, which I think also changes my mood and energy levels. As a result, I get in the mood to read stuff I usually wouldn’t. It could be the cover, it could be the content, but either way I feel like I’m usually most open to random suggestions from my friends around this time of year. Although of course the biggest variable is still probably finding space in a busy schedule.

I’d definitely appreciate some spring-themed books cropping up around this time of year. I suppose a green/nature-y cover could definitely draw my attention instead of the usual dark, cozy mystery types that are so prevalent in the winter. I don’t purposely set books to be read during this season, and certainly don’t commit them to my TBR. But this is also around the time of year where I’ll finally get to those books that my friends had suggested months ago—oops!

How about you all? Do you have spring reads? Or is anything different about your reading habits in the spring? Let me know in the comments below!


Let’s Talk bookish – How Important Are Character Names?

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March 10:  How Important Are Character Names? (Hannah @ Hannah’s Library)

Prompts: Are character names important? Should they be very unique, or common enough that most readers will recognize and know how to pronounce them? What makes a character name unique? Do you like character names that have a deeper meaning tied to the story at large? What do you notice about character names in different genres? What are some of your favorite character names? What are some of your favorite characters with the same names?

Welcome to another week of LTB here at DTRH, everyone! Today’s topic really intrigues me, and I’m so glad Hannah suggested it. I do wonder about the names that are chosen sometimes, and I also wonder how much thought is actually put into it on the author’s part. Interested to see what you all have to say about this!

I think character’s names can be really important. Something way too difficult to pronounce (i.e., even read) can sometimes be distracting. On the other hand a name that is too plain may also be not memorable. I don’t think they have to be pronounceable necessarily. But sometimes it does create a connection when a character introduces themselves in the book and even teaches you how to pronounce their name. I’ve always been a fan of that little interaction—it always makes me feel instantly a little bit closer to the main character, which is a quality of a book that I’m always looking for. It doesn’t have to be the most unique name, but certainly something that is fitting can always do wonders.

A character’s name is unique if the author gives it meaning, I think. Otherwise a name is just a name and isn’t that important of a feature. I like names that are generally specifically chosen though, I really do feel like it lends something that is relatable to the reader. Everyone has a name, and most people (I assume) have a thought or two about their name. Knowing the character also has these feelings always gives extra meaning and depth to the character. That being said, in something like thrillers, where there’s lots of suspicious characters that I don’t need to know in depth necessarily, having some easy to remember names and character types can be really helpful in helping me keep track. I definitely don’t need an explanation on all the names of those characters in that setting.

I don’t think the character names have to be tied to the story at large, but I definitely enjoy it whenever they do. Stuff to make a story feel more perfectly planned and executed is always something I admire and enjoy reading, but by no means is it a must. It can be cool to have that kind of foreshadowing though!

I read a lot of thrillers, and certainly the names there don’t matter as much generally—at least in the books I’ve read. And neither do I really care, it’s much more of a plot-driven, or character relationship-driven type of story anyway, rather than an in-depth analysis of a single character. I think in the fantasy genre where there is so much more flexibility with “reality” and what is “commonplace,” that is where I expect more special names with meanings, though again, it’s not absolutely necessary.

Sometimes it’s also not the name, but rather how the character is written that drives the name to be something so powerful. What immediately comes to mind is the name Hatsumomo, from Memoirs of a Geisha, that instantly brings out in me feelings of revulsion, or even the name Bellatrix. I find that these are the names that evoke the strongest feelings in me, even though it’s not really because of the names, but rather of the characters and how they were built and eventually just became the embodiment of their character via their name.

What are some of your favourite character’s names, and why do you like (or hate) them? Let me know in the comments below!


Anticipated Books Coming March 2023

Happy March, everyone! Hopefully spring and the warmer is finally coming wherever you are, but in the meantime, may all the cozy books coming out keep you warm. We have got a short and sweet list for you this month of books we are anticipating here at DTRH, and as usual, the goodreads link are there for your convenience. Happy reading this month, everyone!

March 7

Missing Clarissa by Ripley Jones (Arc Review here!)
Mother of the River by Emily McPherson
My Dear Henry by Kalynn Bayron

March 14

The Love Wager (Mr. Wrong Number #2) by Lynn Painter
Flowerheart by Catherine Bakewell
Midnight Strikes by Zeba Shahnaz

March 28

You Wouldn’t Dare by Samantha Markum
Stars and Smoke by Marie Lu
Chaos & Flame by Tessa Gratton, Justina Ireland

What are you looking forward to this month? Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below!