Let’s go cyber-friends! Silk Screen Views is throwing in for our second round of Feature Follow Friday! I stumbled onto Feature Follow Friday via several tangential leaps that started from Goodreads last week. I had fun looking at new sites and getting to know new people. Let’s see what this week will bring about!
While this is SSV’s second Feature Follow Friday, it is #143 for Parajunkee & Alison Can Read.
QUESTION of the WEEK
Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate? Did you end up hating it, loving it or would you never do that?
There are only a handful of books that I will force myself to read if I don’t like it. Of late, it’s usually a book that’s recommended in a Buddy Read Challenge or a Book of the Month of a group I like participating in on Goodreads. I can name a few off the top of my head that I was pretty MEH about.
Blood Red Road was a popular book that was thrown around a lot a few years ago and I gave it a shot. I couldn’t get over the writing style. It drove me bat crazy and made it hard to pay attention to the story. For a lot of people, it added a narrative voice that appealed to them. For me, I was in a constant state of eye scrunching UGH.
Sookie Stackhouse series: I know people love this series. I have many friends who adore and lavish tons of praise on this series. I can’t stand it. I made myself read the first book after numerous attempts. I read about 30 pages of the second book. The writing is NOT OKAY! I love the TV show, True Blood, and if I ever try the audio versions of the series, I may enjoy that. The writing is definitely something that would go well in spoken format. It is NOT okay as a written novel.
Delirium and Across the Universe are also popular novels that I actually read and didn’t enjoy due to different reasons. I felt more let down with Delirium because I actually enjoyed certain aspects of the story but overall it came across as a weak plot, whiny main character and unsustainable premise. Most of the elements that people raved about Across the Universe, I could not find it in myself to care about because the writing didn’t bring me into the story enough to care. I actually love adventurous space opera, coming to age, etc stories. This should have been something I really loved but it landed as a flat note and one I could very easily put down.
Now, the only reason I will read a book I don’t like is because I made an agreement to do so with someone. It could be a friend or a review request, etc. Otherwise, I dislike wasting my time on a story that doesn’t appeal to me when there are countless options to try out in my ginormous To Read mountain.
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