Sometimes a book will surprise you in a good way, taking your breath away even though it’s something you never thought you’d love.
Other times a book will surprise you because you know you should, by all accounts, love it, but your heart just isn’t in it and you can barely keep your eyes on the page.
Yup, it’s been one of those weeks, folks…full of surprises!
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Oh. My. Lord.
The one word I would use to describe this book is “meandering”. It took me about 200 pages to really get sucked into it, and before that, I honestly thought I wouldn’t like it. But by the second half, I was all in, and the connection between Sean and Corr nearly broke me.
A truly lovely, atmospheric novel…perfect to read during October, November (naturally) or December…aka my favourite time of year! 🍂🍂🍂
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
< DNF at pg.129 >
This is historic. I don’t think I have ever DNFed a novel this far into it, let alone a CLASSIC by JANE AUSTEN.
But I just can’t continue with this. I actually woke up this morning DREADING having to pick it up and slog through the boring story. There are simply too many books I want to read out there for me to force myself to read one I’m this unenthused about, and while I do feel a bit guilty, I just felt too annoyed by the novel.
No one in their right mind, even the biggest Jane Austen fan, would call her novels “thrilling” because that they certainly are not. This work of hers might take the cake as the most dry, though. I feel like the first 50 pages of this was Austen describing what cottage the Dashwoods were going to rent…which, you know, might be someone’s cup of tea…?! 🤷🏻♀️ It just wasn’t mine. There’s also barely any dialogue so I felt like I was trying to plow through so much dense prose that got me no further into the actual story or development of the characters.
I’m sorry, but to me, this was a snore. Although it’s the only Jane Austen novel I haven’t read, it isn’t worth my sanity to finish it. ✌️
❥ (out of 5)
Girl with a Green Heart