I get book recommendations from all over – bloggers, librarians, random strangers … many have resulted in me being stuck in a time bubble reading while the outside World marches on. But some have left me scratching my head and wondering – is it me – because I just don’t get it! Here are some such books – popular with the masses and/ or critics, but not with me.
Forever, Maggie Stiefvater. (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3). The first book in the series, Shiver, rocked me hard and good. So too did the second book, Linger, although not as much. But this, the 3rd and final installment … I just couldn’t deal. I was so over the obsessive “can’t live without each other” thing, and that ending – too convenient and unbelievable. I hate when characters or story lines are introduced with the SOLE reason of tying things up – especially when they play no other part in things.
The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides. Chosen as one of the best books of 2011 by Amazon.com – but I slogged through the first 65 pages with it’s slow, tortuous pace and too many references to books I hadn’t read, didn’t care to read and had never heard of – but after that, the frequency of the references decreased (although there was still a LOT), the pace picked up and I started to enjoy the drama. The characters were flawed, relatable (to a point) and deftly developed and the plot was interesting – severe depression, and how it affects loved ones. Who can’t relate to loving someone you KNOW is all wrong for you?!
Among Others, Jo Walton. This book won both a Nebula and a Hugo Award, but let me tell you, the life of a 15 year old girl with very few friends is not very interesting to me. She (Mori) reads A LOT. The book has a GAZILLION references to science fiction & fantasy books and that I felt was the main point – sort of an homage to authors of old … something I’m sure sci-fi book lovers delighted in, but for us “toe-dippers” into the genre, was a tedious exercise to read through.
The Iron King, Julie Kagawa. I liked it, but really not enough to move on to book 2. The main character, Megan Chase, just sort-of went with the flow throughout the entire book, while the others did most of the work. Plus she acts gullible & naive … and just generally unlikable.
Insurgent, Veronica Roth. (Divergent #2). The explanation for “why” the dystopian society was divided the way it is seemed very weak. I don’t freaking get it! And Tris – she started acting like a bitch towards Four, which I hated.
Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler. I am SO glad this book is short, otherwise I don’t think I would have made it through to the end. I accept the blame for even picking this up in the first place (damn you Amazon Best Books of 2012 So Far list) … I knew that I shouldn’t be reading a book about why a relationship that lasted less than 3 months, between 2 16-year olds ended!
Lover’s Dictionary, David Levithan. I thought this book was okay – but totally forgettable. Some of the anecdotes were cute & funny – many were not. Half-way through I was over it; I kept reading, not out out of interest, but just so I could finish.
Embassytown, China Mieville. This book won a Locus Award for best science fiction novel, but I just couldn’t get into it. In typical Mieville style, EVERYTHING introduced in this novel is new – from the way humans live & travel, to how the Hosts go bat-shit crazy when a new Ambassador arrives in town. Mieville’s imagination is a Wonderland I tell you – but, it’s just too much for me to follow along.
A Visit from the Goon Squad. I listened to this on audio which I don’t think was ideal for this book – not because of the narrator, but because of the way this book is written. The story is told from the point of view of many different characters that have a loose connection to the main 2 (Benny & Sasha). The narrator did a good job on changing her voice to suit each one BUT with so many people telling their own story, it was confusing and hard to figure out how they were related. So this Pulitzer Prize winner is just not my cup of tea.
I Just Didn’t Like It
Bossypants, Tina Fey. An “Audiobook of the Year & Best Audiobook Biography/Memoir” winner BUT I really didn’t enjoy the book that much. It was just okay, and honestly, if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m hard wired to finish a book I’ve started, I would have ditched it half-way through.
Have you read any of these books? Did you like it?