Sunday, March 6, 2016

Books I've Given Up On part 4

The Dressmaker's War by Mary Chamberlain - I got this one on audio after seeing it at my BJs and enjoying the description.  I LOVE a World War 2 story and the idea of a seamstress as the protagonist sounded intriguing.  I gave it three hours of my life before absolutely wanting to chuck my phone across the room.  After three hours she is still wimpy, whiny, naive and doesn't ask the most basic questions about people.  Plus there were too many coincidences for me to suspend my disbelief.  The final straw would be a major spoiler but suffice it to say that our protagonist DROVE ME CRAZY.  The end.

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan - I really loved the first one but I gave the second one several chapters and nothing was happening. I have no patience for being bored, people!  I love the wit of the main character but the oh-so-predictable moodiness of one of the boys in the love triangle just grates on me.  I gave myself permission to stop.

The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf - I really tried.  I bought this book years ago and I'm trying hard to start digging through all the books I've never read.  I really do love you, Virginia, and you have a deft hand with words but this was not just dragging, it was like I was always trying to wake up from a nap. Things felt foggy and like no one really was really aware of how they felt and I am having a hard time describing it.  I just made feel DOWN to read it and I could tell I was slogging and finally, again, I gave myself permission to give this one to the thrift store.  And I'm still okay.  I've read three others of hers that I found meaningful and I guess you can't win them all.

Jane Austen's Emma Graphic Adaptation by Nancy Butler - guess what?  Turns out Emma is my least favorite Jane Austen.  I thought I remembered that (I read it 1997 or something) and I was right.  She is a frustrating character and the romance isn't as good as in the other books, I think.  I realized that I am allowed to not love it.  Back to the library after about 50 pages.

Sushi for One by Camy Tang - Christian chick lit that just felt flat.  The characters kept doing things that didn't seem believable and the writing wasn't doing it for me. I think maybe contemporary Christian fiction isn't my favorite, and that's okay.  From now on I will just only read them based on recommendation - I think I won this one in a drawing and it's been in my tbr drawer for years.

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