Book Breakups #4

I don’t leave a book unfinished often. Even if I hate a book, sometimes I’ll keep reading to see if it gets any better, or to make sure nothing good happens so I can make fun of it (yes, I am a terrible person). There are other times, though, when I’m just not in the mood, it’s boring, etc. I am officially adopting Lori of Pure Imagination’s feature, Book Breakups, so I can nobly and (fairly) guiltlessly stop reading a book.

Unfortunately, this week’s a double-wammy breakup post. The first victim? Lauren Myracle’s The Infinite Moment of Us.

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I really wanted to like this book, and if I come back to it I probably will. I think I didn’t like it because I’d just come out of a book about a sheltered girl going to college and I’m about done with that storyline. Instead of feeling sorry for Wren with her control freak parents, I just felt annoyed with her for not making more of an effort to branch out. I really didn’t feel anything for her poor-little-suburban-girl-me-I’m-so-sheltered-and-can’t-do-anything thing. Also, some of the writing made me want to cringe, from the very first page, even. There were some things that were a little too corny for my taste and I didn’t feel like sticking with it. So, sorry book, it’s not me, it’s you.

Victim number two? The Culling by Steven dos Santos.

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Four words: Gay. Hunger Games. Fanfic. I wanted to read it because it’s an LGBT dystopian, but it was so poorly written I couldn’t get past the first 20 pages. Sexual tension in a sewer? The Citadel of Truth? No thank you.

Book Breakups #3

I don’t leave a book unfinished often. Even if I hate a book, sometimes I’ll keep reading to see if it gets any better, or to make sure nothing good happens so I can make fun of it (yes, I am a terrible person). There are other times, though, when I’m just not in the mood, it’s boring, etc. I am officially adopting Lori of Pure Imagination’s feature, Book Breakups, so I can nobly and (fairly) guiltlessly stop reading a book.

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I’m not going to lie here: I actually did like this book when I started reading it. It has a lot going on between magical realism-y stuff, a dystopian world, and art things, but somehow it all worked together, and I liked Johnson’s writing style, too. For some reason though, I’ve just been finding it a little hard to visualize some things and get into the book for real, so I think I’ll have to put it down for now and read it some other time. I think I’m just plain not in the mood for it, so now it’s on to some of the September 2013 releases I’ve been dying to read. Book, I shall return.

Book Breakups #2

I don’t leave a book unfinished often. Even if I hate a book, sometimes I’ll keep reading to see if it gets any better, or to make sure nothing good happens so I can make fun of it (yes, I am a terrible person). There are other times, though, when I’m just not in the mood, it’s boring, etc. I am officially adopting Lori of Pure Imagination’s feature, Book Breakups, so I can nobly and (fairly) guiltlessly stop reading a book.

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I really wanted to like When We Wake. Karen Healey’s Guardian of the Dead was really unique and intriguing, so naturally I was excited to hear about her 2013 release. Sadly, When We Wake wasn’t even half as good as Guardian of the Dead. I just felt like I’d read the story before and heard the voice one too many times, and the story was too slow for me. I didn’t care that much about Tegan, and the fact that this book will be the first in a series didn’t make me want to continue it either. I am really sick of series and trilogies. But more on that later. For now, When We Wake, we must part ways.

People who liked it:

Ana at The Book Smugglers
Sarah at Strange Horizons
Christa at More Than Just Magic

Book Breakups #1

I don’t leave a book unfinished often. Even if I hate a book, sometimes I’ll keep reading to see if it gets any better, or to make sure nothing good happens so I can make fun of it (yes, I am a terrible person). There are other times, though, when I’m just not in the mood, it’s boring, etc. I am officially adopting Lori of Pure Imagination’s feature, Book Breakups, so I can nobly and (fairly) guiltlessly stop reading a book.

Lori talks about her process here, and before I break up with J. J. Howard’s That Time I Joined the Circus, I’m going to go through mine as well.

1. Checking the lay of the land
This step involves going on Goodreads to see the average ratings and peruse some spoiler-free reviews. A low rating won’t always stop me from reading a book, because everyone has different opinions, but maybe I should pay more mind to the ratings to save myself…

2. Starting the book
(Obviously)

3. Boredom
If it takes me a week or longer to get halfway through the book, that means trouble. This is especially true in the summer, when I have so much more time to read. If I don’t feel like reading the book I’ve chosen, there’s an issue.

4. Powering through
Okay, more like trudging. This actually tends to work for me, and I finish everything I start.

5. Critique central
I resent the book for keeping me trapped in its pages, and the longer I stay, the more I start to pick apart every. Little. Thing. that’s wrong with the story.

6. Completion
I finish the book, and write a negative and/or half-assed review.

 

Onto the breakup. I’m sorry, That Time I Joined the Circus, but I couldn’t get into you. It took me almost five days to read half of you, and as I kept reading, I kept noticing things I didn’t like. I didn’t feel connected to the main character, Lexi, even though we both share a love of music. The pop culture references from the 90s didn’t help either, and even though I knew Lexi was meant to be passionate about music, I didn’t feel it. I was also confused why she left New York for about 10% (sorry, Kindle user) after the fact, because it was never directly stated that her father died. I thought perhaps Eli had raped her or something, and she wanted to leave, but her father had no money. I wasn’t a fan of the father either. He seemed super irresponsible, as did the mother, and I never understood why she left. The plot was also pretty predictable, and I don’t have to finish the book to know Eli cheated on Bailey with Lexi or that Lexi and Nick end up together. Am I right or am I right?

The circus part was interesting, and I did like Liska and Lina, but sometimes it seemed like Lexi just saw them as oddities. All in all, I was not impressed. I really wanted to like it, but Lexi just didn’t keep it going for me.

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But, some other people thought it was great:
YA Book CrushChapter by Chapter
Nose Graze
Page Turner’s Blog

For now, book, I wash my hands of you. Perhaps, another time, another place?