Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Still Waiting...

Well, my friend heard about her placement for the Happily Ever After contest. I have not. I guess when I stop thinking about it I'll get some word.

Have you ever read abook that you really didn't like that much but you felt obligated to finish since you'd already put so much time into it? Well, that's what happened to me recently. I finished a book today about two sisters in Scotland in the 1800s and I was so excited when I finished. I will not be picking up the next one in the series. There was way too much apologizing and asking for forgiveness. WAY TOO MUCH. I didn't like any of the main characters and if I ever had to put up the with the guy, I would've killed him, I'm sure. Wimpy, wishy-washy, whiny. That pretty much covers everyone but the servants (I liked them) and the baby.

Usually if I don't like a story by page 50, maybe 75, I'll stop reading it and pass it on to someone who might actually like it. With this one, it started getting really interesting around 75-100 so I thought I was safe and that I'd eventually love it. Well, I was probably more than halfway through it when I realized I didn't really care about the characters.

However, all that said, I liked the author's use of metaphors and she did a great job with descriptions. So, I did learn a few things from this reading. I also realized that I truly like to feel transported, as if I was in the room with the main characters. The author made me feel like an outsider always cleaning off the window so I could see inside.

So, I go back to my own book hopefully in the next day or so, where I can transport my readers into a wonderful contemporary Scottish story. Of course, that'll be when I'm not reading a new book, (a NEXT about a woman whose husband of 27 years just died and she finds out from their lawyer that he had a cottage in England since just after their wedding. Oh yeah, and there's a woman living in said cottage rent free. Hhhmmm.) or when I'm not watching my nephews, or when I'm not thinking about the Happily Ever After placement...

5 comments:

Michelle said...

Hope you find out soon!

With books, they have to hook me by chapter 3. If they haven't done it by then, oh well.

TJBrown said...

That actually sounds pretty good. The NEXT books I have read have been hit and miss.
Teri

Bailey Stewart said...

You also learn what not to do ... if it turns you off then chances are it will turn other readers off. I have to say that I've quit reading quite a few books lately and I hate that - not just because I've wasted a lot of money, but my "me" time is so precious.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Crossing fingers for you on the contest. Did you and your friend final in two different categories?

Lexi said...

Michelle, yeah, sometimes I'm even quicker. Inside of 20 pages if I don't like something then I'll put it down.

Teri, I've read about 3 of the NEXT books and 2 of them I absolutely LOVED. There's a few for July that I can't wait to check out.

Bailey, you are right. Reading a book you're not totally in love with will definitely be a learning experience and I always try to look at it that way.

Elisabeth, yeah, my friend entered Historical and I entered RS.