What are they seeing that I’m not? What am I missing? What’s wrong with me?
I’m actually not one for sticking to books I don’t get on with, and I’m usually the first to tell people to “move on” when they’re not feeling it. As every bibliophile knows, life’s too short to read all the books we’ve already got our beady eyes on (or are currently stacked sky high on our bookshelves) never mind all the shiny new ones that will distract and entice us in the process.
But then sometimes there is that one book that everyone is raving about and giving to. And you keep reading for a while, scratching your head and wondering what it is that you’re not seeing. This has happened to me recently with Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent. It looks great, it sounds right up my street, people with similar book tastes to me are singing its praises, it’s been picked as a Richard and Judy book… so why can I not get past 50%?
To be fair, it’s not a bad book at all. I didn’t hate it, I just got bored. I thought Lydia (the mother) was a good character and at the start of the book I really thought I was going to love her (as a character, not a person) but she was the only one that I didn’t feel was a bit two dimensional. I couldn’t get to grips with Laurence at all.
So, I have some questions for you:
- Do you give up on books that aren’t working for you or do you plough through to the end?
- Have you every gone to the end and been really glad you did or do you wish you’d listened to your gut?
- Do you find that you feel more obliged to read something through to the end if it’s a review copy?
- And finally: have you read this and if so, do you think I should give it another go?
I would love to know what you think.