So remember that time we all got a free book for book club?
I am not a writer, though I can't imagine how hard it is to write a book and go through all the steps it takes to publish it, etc etc. I do not pretend I would know how to write a book, so I definitely give props to anyone who goes out there and writes a book and gets it published. Good for you!
Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this book. I guess that's the risk that you take when you accept an ARC. Honestly, based on the synopsis I thought it sounded like something I would enjoy.
Like I said, I respect anyone who writes and publishes a book, and I never want to bash someone for doing something so amazing. But I can't really talk about why I didn't like the book without feeling like I am bashing it, so let's just try and get it out of the way real quick:
I didn't like the writing at all. It felt almost like a diary or someone chattering on a million miles a minute, not like a book. I felt like there was hardly any plot or depth. I didn't like any of the characters. I might have liked the description of the places they traveled, except the writing and characters turned me off.
I tried really hard to get into it, but when I got to the end, I was exhausted and couldn't tell you anything about it because I was just trying to get through it. When you are trying that hard to get through a book, sometimes it's better to just put it down. I would have done that if it wasn't for book club or the fact that we received an ARC. Sometimes it is me, what I am in the mood for, the time of my life. Sometimes I can pick up books months later and enjoy them more. I don't think this is one of those times, but I don't think me forcing myself to get through it for book club helped. I know that sounds horrible and I am truly not trying to be awful, just honest.
Here's the thing - not one person in the world can write a book that will please all the other people in the world. Not George RR Martin, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen. Not possible. Likewise, a reader cannot be expected to like every book he or she reads. I did not like this one, but you might, someone out there might, just like I might like a book that you hate. That's how the book world goes round, I guess.
On that note, we will be taking a brief hiatus from the book club. We will most likely be doing a fall reading challenge - particulars haven't been decided yet, but we will let you know.
If you read this book, we'd love for you to link up with us.
Would you be interested in another literary ladies challenge?