Guys! My first blog hop!!

What is a blog hop? It’s a group of people who answer the same question so that you can get different perspectives… and find new blogs! The entire month of September, a wonderful group of people have been collaborating and swapping who posts the answers. In this case, the question is: a book you started but never finished. Let’s see what we got…

Next by Michael Crichton. I got up to page 114 before deciding to DNF. I love thrillers, and this one sounds interesting as it delves into the world of genetics but I just couldn’t get into it. I might give it another try in the future though.

The most memorable book I had to DFN this year was Envy by Amanda Robson. Here is my “review” from Goodreads. “This was the disjointed book I have ever read. There were no decent characters to be found. 

This line really bothered me…”You pause.You swallow. I watch your Adam’s apple move up and down your pretty throat.” Technically, we have them, but they are not prominent. If so, are they attractive?

Lastly, the fact that the book changed POV, often within the same paragraph, in the same first-person voice, made it impossible to read. This is because the chapters we named after the four principal characters, yet the POV kept changing, so we did not always know who was talking.”

The book I DNF and need to finish some day was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I don’t DNF very often… I’ve read some books I regretted by the end, but I pushed through because of sheer obstinacy, and the delusion that somehow it was going to redeem itself at the very end… but often it didn’t.

There are a few titles that come to mind of books I started and then just got so bored with it that I gave up:

The Allan Quartermain Series by H. Rider Haggard–I had read and enjoyed the abridged and illustrated version of King Solomon’s Mines, which was part of this series, so I thought I wanted to read the full version… but no. I got partway through but the story was very much buried under a deluge of menial, trivial, and laborious descriptions. Most memorable was an entire paragraph devoted to a sequence in which a man is up a tree trying to cut down branches and the axe slips and the head ends up floating on the surface of the lake below. Naturally, we are treated to the exact height of the tree, the dimensions of the axe, the physics of how fast and how far it fell, the fact that the characters are so incredulous because the weight and density of the axe head did not lend itself to buoyancy–needless to say, I had enough. There wasn’t enough action and emotion between the minutiae to hold my attention.

The other book that still sits on my shelf with the bookmark still sticking out of it at probably the halfway mark is The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. I was fascinated by the Shannara Chronicles series on Netflix, so when I saw that book at a book sale I thought I’d dive right into it…. But again, the minutiae got to me, and there was too much of the action and setting I didn’t understand. It didn’t mesh with what I remembered seeing in the TV show, and the story didn’t compel me as much as, say, The Broken Empire did, seeing as both of those functioned under similar settings, with an alternate Earth populated by fantasy creatures and scenarios… so I moved on to better and more exciting novels and that one still remains for whenever I get back around to it out of sheer boredom!

Have you read any of these books? What have you read lately that you DNF (did not finish)?


The Guest Book

*Thank you Netgalley for this ARC*

Do you ever finish a book and you just loved it so much you have to tell everyone to read it immediately?! Thats how I’m feeling right now. So I might be 8 books behind reviewing, but this one is cutting the line damnit!

My synopsis: A story flipping back and forth between three generations of women within one family and how family secrets can effect everyone

Pairs best with: Passed down family recipes. In this one, it was a french toast recipe I recently got from my mom. Following a recipe written in her handwriting makes a meal even more special.

Brief Review:

I love love love loved this book. I love a book that has multiple generations and really love historical fiction. Hopping back and forth between the different time periods and story lines was done seamlessly. Even though this family’s story could not have been any more different than my family history, there was something very relatable about it. I even liked the love story in there! I would recommend this to everyone!

Extended Review: *SPOILERS BELOW*

Ugh man I loved this book.

When I said above that I related to it, I really couldn’t explain why. The family was anti-Semitic (my family is Jewish), wealthy (my family is not), and almost all of them had a lot of kids (my moms one of one, I’m one of two) but something about it was just so relatable. Something about family secrets and drama is just enticing.

The beginning started off really sad. When Neddie died, I had a hard time getting through that. I felt for Kitty. And I know this is the time period, but the whole “don’t show your feelings, sweep it under the rug, you’re better off not talking about it” bothered me. I’m not one to share my feelings openly, trust me, but at least have the option.

I want to say I caught on fairly early that Moss was gay. It was never clearly stated, but as soon as it mentioned that he hung out a lot with Reg, I had a feeling. I love that it wasn’t overt, it was a subtle “figure this out for yourself,” but it made his character more admirable and human. It showed that there was more to him than just his family name, and not in a surface way.

Moss actually reminded me a lot of Simon in The Immortalists, and he was my favorite sibling in that book. It wasn’t just the obvious similarities, but trying to pursue their dreams (a musician or a dancer) in a family that expected a certain thing in a similar time period. It’s also an easy comparison between the two books that are so focused on family.

I usually hate love stories, but I didn’t hate Len and Joans. I had a feeling they weren’t going to end up together because Evie talked a lot about her dad without it ever saying his name – if it was Len (or if she knew it was Len), it wouldn’t have been such a secret. But ya know what… I liked that. Maybe its the cynic in me, but I like it better when a love story doesn’t work out. Obviously I wish it had been for a different reason than his religion, but I guess essentially it was. It was the bigger picture.

I had such mixed feelings about Ogden. Obviously, his Nazi ties were far from ideal. Agreed on that one. And I’m a little bit confused about his relationship with Elsa. I think I just wasn’t paying enough attention in the beginning, but it sounded like he had a thing with her before Kitty?? During Kitty?? Anyone have clarification on that? And I think she was part of the resistance, so it surprises me that he was on both sides of that. Pick one, dude. And pick the right one. Theres only one good answer…

Kitty was a helpless soul. I felt for her because I know it was the time period, but at the same time it was hard to look past some of her flaws and general biases. My heart broke for her when Neddie died, and I wish she had helped Elsa, but I still had a soft spot for her.

Overall, I really loved this book. I can’t wait for it to come out May 7th so everyone else can enjoy it too!!