Thursday, February 3, 2011

Trash to Treasure January

Each month there are several books that I start to read but for one reason or another I just can’t get into. I have a fairly low tolerance for the books I read, usually only giving them between 50-100 pages before I quit. There are just too many books to read and not enough time to “trudge” through something I’m not enjoying. However, I recently realized that I never mention them on here. So I’ve decided to do a monthly feature looking at some of the books I just couldn’t get into and why.

Another Pan by Daniel & Dina Nayeri – read 95 pages. It’s official, I’m in a reading slump. I was really excited for Another Pan, having loved Another Faust so much. There was a lot of promise to this novel, the characters were interesting and I really enjoyed the Egypt mythology aspect of it. However, the plot was too slow to develop and I lost interest. Also, I didn’t like the characterization of Peter and the lost boys, probably due to the fact that I was expecting more of a modern retelling. In the end I just didn’t want to keep reading it.

In the Hammock, I Swim for Oceans and Inked Books all have positive reviews on their blogs you should check out.

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman – read 57 pages. I was really hesitant to try a mermaid book (is this actually a mermaid book?) and after a few pages my scepticism got the best of me and I lost interest. I liked the characters and the setting was especially interesting, but the writing was a little slow. I think had I not had a pile of books at home that I was dying to read I probably would have given this one a better shot because it actually wasn’t bad. I think the setting was compelling enough for me to probably give this one another shot in the future.

Nice Girls Read Books, The Hiding Spot and the Story Siren all have positive reviews on their blogs you should check out.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher – Read 50 pages. I loved the premise of this book. I liked the idea of the kidnapping, the kidnapper being sort of a nice guy and the fact that it is written as if in a letter to her captor...all great things. The characters were great and the Australian outback setting was really well written. However, the plot moved really slowly, I just could not get into it. I even skipped a few pages to see if it got more interesting – it didn’t. For some reason my patience and tolerance for books is low this month because it actually was a very interesting book.

Wondrous Reads, Chicklish and the Compulsive Reader all have positive reviews on their blogs you should check out.


Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I'm sorry to hear you didn't like Another Pan! It's funny because I didn't like Another Faust, and loved Another Pan haha

Sea Change is a favourite of mine because it's simple and sweet, but the ending killed me.

Great thoughts, Katie - I liked how you featured some positive reviews, showing that some books just don't work for some people :)

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