TornMarch 26, 2008 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Books, Disappointment, Historical Fiction, LIfe, My Life with Books, Reading | 9 Comments
Through one of the boards I participate in, I heard about a novel written by another member. I liked the discussions I had with the author, so I purchased her book. About a week ago I started it. It is over 600 pages and there is something about a huge novel that I just love. I enjoy feeling the weight of the book shift from my right to my left hand over time. Last night I got to page 140 and had to set it aside. I had absolutely no desire to continue. I’m really disappointed because I wanted to enjoy this book and be supportive. It felt like work to get through each page and I have too many other books I want to read. Last night was hot and heavy book promiscuity fueled by an absolute lack of passion for my current book.
Not every book is for every reader. There’s no doubt about it. I’ve written unfavorable reviews before without hesitation. The difference here is that I have a loose connection with this author. Even though my opinions about this novel are not in anyway personal, I don’t want her to feel bad. Still, I want to keep writing about my reading experiences honestly. So, how do I handle this?