Sometimes hype is just hype!

Have you ever picked up a book, started to read it, and then found yourself battling to get to the end?To say I love to read is an understatement.I have a pile of books I want to read that seems to grow every time I walk into a bookstore.I have read some pretty great books, and a fair share of not so great ones.I never know what I’m going to encounter when I crack open a book but one thing is certain, I always read a book to the end.

I really thought I met my match with my latest read though.I was given a copy of “Love In The Time Of Cholera”.It was one of Oprah’s Book Club picks so it couldn’t be that bad right?I struggled through this book counting down the pages to the end hoping the words would magically disappear off the page so I wouldn’t have to read anymore.It is sad to say, that not once did I feel completely and totally engaged in the story, which was surprising to me because both the novelist and book received such incredible reviews.There was very little dialogue, the characters I envisioned in my head had no voice and that took away a lot of their personality.The almost 400 page book was filled with overly descriptive words of irrelevant things.The word clutter just made things boring and difficult to follow.

With strong determination I tackled the beast and came out the victor. I finished the book and can now move on to my next read. Yay!

What was the last good book you read?What was the last bad book you read?

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  2. Leanne

    May 16, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I am currently reading ‘When Christ stopped at Eboli’ for the second time as it is a fantastic, insightful book.
    I am so like you when it comes to struggling to read books. I have so many that I cannot be bothered wasting my time to read.

  3. LuLu

    May 16, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Lucy – I read pretty much anything. Sometimes I read simple chick lit books, other times I read classics. It all depends on the mood 🙂 I’m leaning towards reading “Angels & Demons” next. My cousin gave me a hard cover version of it with pictures/illustrations of some of the places, artwork, etc they talk about in novel which is set in Rome/Vatican City.

  4. lucy

    May 16, 2008 at 10:06 am

    The last good book I read was THE HOLLOWS by Nora Roberts.
    I too tried to read “Love in the time of…” I got a headache…I stick to simple romances and mystery novels with romance. I’m trying to remember a bad book I read. I can’t think of one right now.

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