Monday, September 24, 2012

I will review a book eventually

Alright, I must admit - the last couple of books I have read have pretty much not been review-worthy. In layman's terms - they sucked! I shouldn't even mention them here but I'm gonna: Carrie - Stephen King & The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde. These books ARE well written and amazingly creative but they didn't "fit" me. Let me 'splain more:

I had read Carrie as a teenager and absolutely loved it, but for some reason, this time around, I got annoyed by the constant interruptions of news articles or witness accounts coming into the story. I also forgot how grossed out I got when I read the shower scene. And another thing that bugged me was the thoughts of Carrie in parentheses all the damn time (O! Mama! No! O!). After I read Carrie as a teenager, I started on more Stephen King books. I read part of IT, part of Gerald's Game (which almost had me passing out from how disgusting it was with the dog or whatever) and I read his short story, The Jaunt, which scared the crap out of me. When I was younger, I loved being scared. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books, Christopher Pike books, R.L. Stine books - all favorites of mine - but for some reason, I just can't stomach King. I've seen a lot of the movies and I do okay with those but the amazingly gooey descriptions he comes up with unnerve me. No doubt, the man is a genius but I just can't go there.

The second book, The Eyre Affair, was a book club pick and I love my book club girls (Bitches be Readin'!), but this story was so convoluted and annoying that I barely finished it (and to confess, I skimmed the last 40 pages or so). It involves a peppy gumshoe named Thursday Next (yes, I'm serious) and she works in the department of literary crime. There's a villain, Hades, and there is an old love, Landen. There's a time-traveling father and a quirky uncle with great inventions. However, I can't tell you much more than this because I honestly had no idea what was going on most of the time. I looked up some reviews of this book online and a TON of people loved it. I'm just not a "fit" for this book either.

So now I am heading back into the land of Harry Potter (book #5) and no this is not a re-read. This is my first time on the Harry Potter books. I'm reading other books along with Mr. Potter but I'm definitely not picking up anymore Stephen King ... at least, not yet.


Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

We are seriously going to have to force some YA on you! And probably some paranormal romance too... I'm thinking Molly Harper, because she is hilarious.

Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

I swear I left a comment on this already...

Obviously the book club wasn't great and since I'm honest I'll tell you that it's unlikely I'll finish it.

I haven't finished Carrie yet but I'm disappointed that it's not scarier (even though I don't really want to be scared, but that's not the point.)

Looking forward to Friday!!

Alison Can Read said...

I read The Eyre Affair a few years ago and thought it was okay, but I didn't love it.

I haven't read Carrie, but I do hate when a book isn't as good on the second read.