Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Last literary ladies for a little bit

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.

LITERARY LADIES 
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?

37 comments:

  1. I do have mad respect for anyone who gets published because that shit is hard and any author should be proud. But this was probably my least favorite book I have ever finished. It is just not my writing style at all and well who can stand that much materialism with no depth?? I was jealous of all the places that she got to travel though, that was pretty cool!

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  2. It's hard for me to get into a book that feels more like a diary or is all over the place. But kudos to her for getting published! I just don't think it sounds like something I'll be reading soon. <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. Mad respect to the author for being published. Love your honesty though! The three reviews Ive read thus far all said the same thing. I hope the author can use the critique constructively for her further work. :)

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  4. That's unfortunate but clearly others who reviewed this book felt the same way. The characters seem very unappealing along with the overall story line.

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  5. Sure, I'd definitely be interesting in a reading challenge. I am, after all, a reading challenge junkie.

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  6. It's ok to dislike a book. I have nothing against the author and I have so much respect for those who go out and get published- but it doesn't mean I'll like what or how they write. You're 100% right about this one. I really disliked the way it read and the characters just weren't likeable :(

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  7. I agree with this so much. I wasn't a fan of this book but I like how you said that others might be! And yes.. I'm not really in any type of book club/challenge at all so I would totally participate in a future one!

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  8. I think that a challenge in the fall would be so much fun! I totally agree with you that it takes a lot to go through the whole process of writing a book and then getting it published, and maybe other people ended up liking this book, but I totally didn't. I felt like her publisher or editor should have helped her out with some of the writing issues. I also felt like I was pushing myself to finish it though because of the fact that we got a free copy of it. I hope that we end up doing the challenge in the fall!

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  9. Totally with you on this one! It did feel like a diary. I probably wouldn't have gotten through it if it wasn't for book club. It took me forever!

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  10. Ummmm.... I feel the same way on this one, but you were a lot nicer than I would have been. To be honest, I couldn't even finish it. It felt all, look at me and all my million dollar references. Props to being published and all that jazz, but this was a hard one to get into.

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  11. "Bad" reviews are more interesting to me than good ones. I like hearing peoples' honest thoughts!
    That being said, I forgot to finish the book :/
    I read the first couple of chapters and then, because it didn't pull me in, I didn't finish it. Sigh. Shame on me. I'll likely finish it and post something on Goodreads just because the author did send me the book and all.
    I'm on board for something in the fall!

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  12. Yess to it sounding like a diary! I always feel bad when I don't like a book, but you're so right that not every book is going to please everyone. And yess to another LL reading challenge!

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  13. Drats - I didn't realize today was the link up.
    But yeah - I think I was the first one on Goodreads to give it 1 star & was freaking out when others were giving it 5 stars. This was a mess of a book, but I think it takes some bad ones to appreciate the good ones. & I'm sure there is someone out there that thinks this was a fantastic read. Something for everyone :)

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  14. You're so much nicer than I am. :) I did feel bad about leaving a bad review and I think seeing all the 5 stars the book had made me frustrated and 'literal'ly disappointed in what I had read.

    I'm definitely up for a book challenge in the fall!

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  15. I would have been so intrigued by this book by the cover alone, but have yet to see a good review. Thank you so much for your honesty gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

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  16. I have definitely read a few books that I've had to push through and just didn't enjoy. I hate not finishing a book but I've started to abandon books when it's just too much work to get through them. Sorry this one was a bust!

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  17. I'm sad the link-up is getting paused since I'm sort of just finding it, but I'm excited for whatever fall challenge y'all start up! And, I feel like we evened out the GoodReads reviews with all the artificially inflated ones her former colleagues gave her...

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  18. I never received the book, but I put my request late, so maybe that's why. Either way, it sounds like I didn't miss much. I have a hard time saying negative things about books too, especially when the author is new(ish), unless they do something offensive, then game on. It sounds like the idea was sound but the writing was less than stellar. It happens unfortunately, especially with ARCs. I've cut back on my NetGalley requests, unless it is an author I already know and like, because I tend to enjoy them less. They are less polished. And yay to a Fall Book Challenge!

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  19. The synopsis of this sounded so promising, but based on a few of the reviews I've been reading it doesn't seem like something I would like. The actual story line sounds interesting, but if the writing is bad not anything can make it better.

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  20. Okay, I just finished this book right after I posted my last recent reads post, so I'm sorry that I failed at getting up another post to linkup with you girls! I felt the exact same way about this book - I literally felt exasperated by the time that I finished it. I thought the writing was less than stellar (that's me being nice), and you're right - it was like one continuous train of thought/diary writing.

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  21. Haven't read this book and don't plan on it base don the "meh" reviews. They can't all be winners! I used to hate forcing myself through a book I hated for book club. I didn't retain anything and reading became more of a chore than an enjoyable hobby. Sorry it sucked, but definitely appreciate your honest review!

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  22. If I could someday get my poop in a group, I'd love to do a book club! Lol. I did take advantage of this free book offer you had an I still have it on my shelf next to my bed with high hopes of reading it! ;)

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  23. I read someone else's review of this book and she agreed with you. That's just too bad!

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  24. You phrased this so kindly! I love that! Unfortunately, this seems to be the general consensus for this book. Bummer!

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  25. I can only imagine how tough it would be to write a book, but like you sometimes I'm like THIS IS SO BAD!!!

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  26. What a bummer that you didn't like this book! I am so with you on how hard it would be to write a book, however, there's some books I read and think "really? what was the PUBLISHER thinking?" - I mean, don't they accept the book because they know they'll make a profit?

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  27. I think this is the nicest "bad" review I've ever read. I hate when I have to force myself through it! But once I commit I just have to go for it. Personally anyways.

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  28. Yep, exactly how I felt about this one. I'm always impressed when people publish a book and feel so bad putting a book down, but it's hard when it's just not a good read. Also, I published my book post early this month, so I could still link up with y'all, and I totally forgot to do it this morning. I'm so great at this. Haha.

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  29. Well you are certainly an excellent writer, even if you don't take to writing novels. And you did a very respectful, diplomatic job of sharing your review on a book that wasn't your cuppa. Excited to hear the details of your fall reading challenge!

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  30. I appreciate how kind you were with this review. Way to be honest and respectful at the same time.

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  31. On the one hand I want to agree with you that writing a book is hard, and getting published is even harder. No two ways about it. But on the other, I want to throw stuff against a wall because I've seen writers become successful for reasons I can't possibly fathom. It's one thing to write and publish a book that doesn't appeal to me, or isn't my genre but might be someone else's, or whatever. It's another to have a poorly-written book published. The former I'm on board with. The latter makes me never want to write another word again. Anyway, not the point. You were so diplomatic with this book review—it's okay to just say "I didn't like it because XYZ!" But I love how sweet you are anyway.

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  32. Yes! Publishing a book is hard and as such, I applaud Ms. Menke for getting a deal and putting out such a beautiful book. I published my own book in April and I don't think it's not as pretty as this one. (If anyone would like to check it out, please visit my page at Amazon.com/author/wrightkarenm for a free Kindle download)
    In my post, I wrote that reading Exposure to a billionaire was like having a glimpse into a corporate flight attendant's diary (and I considered that as a positive). I tend to enjoy memoirs. And if that was what this was, I think I might have liked the book more. But the fact that it was fiction, I was expecting something else. I didn't love the writing but I think it could have become a good story if it had been edited better - remove some of the details, employ some show-don't-tell and include a plot.
    My review here: https://runwright.net/2016/06/08/weekly-reads-wednesday-6-8-16/

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  33. I completely agree with your review! The story sounded very interesting, but the writing... just didn't work for me.

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  34. That's pretty much how I felt about the book as well. I'm amazed that you made it to the end. I just could not do it.

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  35. Oh no! I guess I came in too late! I don't read as much as I would like so that literary challenge can sure give me a boost! I like reading the negative reviews and also the negative parts of positive reviews. It helps me really grasp if I would like it. I find it often that the negative parts are more objective and the positive subjective. Maybe that's just me! :)

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  36. Ya...I basically felt the same about this book. I always feel extra guilty for not liking a book when I'm given a book for free, but that's the risk author's take. I also think the publishing world is a different place nowadays...now that it's a lot easier to get self-published, sometimes I feel like anyone can publish a book, but that doesn't always mean that particular version of the book *should* be published, you know? Anyway, thank you for hosting and setting us up with the books!

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  37. I think I'm the only person who hasn't read this yet but the abundance of poor reviews is making me reconsider even giving it a try.

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