On reading a book that gets 5* from everyone else, and you didn’t like it…

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 5-stars 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:

  1. Do you give up on books that aren’t working for you or do you plough through to the end?
  2. Have you every gone to the end and been really glad you did or do you wish you’d listened to your gut?
  3. Do you find that you feel more obliged to read something through to the end if it’s a review copy?
  4. 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.




Thrill Week is coming!

Are you ready for some thrills and some spills?

During the first week in September I will be participating in Thrill Week which is hosted by Tea Time With Marce. During that week, 8 bloggers who love, read and review crime fiction will be participating in an extravaganza of recommendations, competitions and giveaways from the mystery, thriller, suspense and horror genres for you to curl up with in the forthcoming long, dark nights….

Thrill Week will kick off with a bloggers questionnaire on 1st September so remember to have a snoop around all the blogs for some great recommendations on authors and books, and then on Thursday 6th September I will be doing a seperate post that will include a couple of giveaways.

 See you there?



 And just in case that’s not enough: 

 If you post the Thrill Week Announcement on your blog during the month of August, Marce will enter you into a $20 Giveaway, book of your choice from Book Depository.  Enter your link on her blog  posting the announcement of Thrill Week before Aug 30 and she will use random.org at midnight to choose a winner . Good luck!