Do you ever wonder if you read the same book as others are talking about? I read a book the Wall Street Journal called, “A novel of love, lies, and deceit.”
I’ll agree to lies and deceit, but love? Nope, not when spouses are lying throughout their marriage about important things, and cheating with someone outside the marriage. I started out liking the heroine, but by the end, I loathed her, and just skimmed it to find out the answer to the mystery.
And even that was so lame and ridiculous, I ranted to Wizard for a solid ten minutes.
Sigh. I guess people really loved this book, and to each his own. But for me, this was a lot of buildup, creating an illusion of mystery and possible danger…and it all turned out to be self-inflicted misery.
In good news, I’ve been listening to a string of audio books I enjoyed by Elin Hilderbrand, and now I’m listening to some books by Nora Roberts. I just need to find a good Kindle book to read that doesn’t make me ranty!
What’s new in your world of books and reading?
August 14th, 2019 at 8:19 am · Link
Ya know…9 times out of 10, I look at the books getting all the hype and make all the lists and go…WTF? And yes, I have a gif for that. Sadly, there’s a reason I reread/relisten to favorite series. I can depend on them. And I don’t get ranty because yeah, I feel you there, sister!
I’m 2 hours and some minutes away from finishing the last (so far) book in Ann Aguirre’s Ars Numina series. The world-building is pretty cool and I’ve liked the characters but this last book? I’m just not that into it. The next one looks interesting (at least the character) so I’ll check it out when it finally releases–no date yet. I’ve been rereading my Nightrider series (due to editing/updating etc.) and you know what? They’re better than I remember them being. That’s a good thing! Kristen Ashley just released a 1001 Nights entry that’s a crossover between her Dream Man and Rock Chicks series. KA is an acquire taste but after sampling the first two chapters, I’m dying to get back to that book. Sadly, it has to wait until I’m not spending 10 hours day on the computer (or it releases in audio) because by the time I can read for pleasure, my eyes are shot.
I also have a book that’s a regency-set mystery starring a Bow Street Runner. I read it first back in college, enjoyed it, and recently discovered it’s been released on Kindle Unlimited. It’s fun like I remembered, but again…eye strain.
August 14th, 2019 at 4:25 pm · Link
Silver, very true on some bestsellers. And I know logically, everyone has different tastes, but this book hit my emotional WTF buttons.
Staring at a computer screen for any significant length of time causes major eye strain. I once had blurry vision from major dry eyes (my optometrist diagnosed it) so badly from contacts and NOT BLINKING anywhere near enough! I was on deadline, of course. I hear you on not being able to read right now. Plus audio books probably give you a mental rest–or as much as that’s possible right now.
Hope the eye strain improves so you can read for pleasure, along with audio books.
August 14th, 2019 at 4:37 pm · Link
Oh yeah. That happens to me a lot – with good reviews for books I don’t like AND with bad reviews for books I do like. Were we even reading the same books?
Ugh. I hate hypey books. They rarely deliver. These days I read mostly indie new books and traditional published in hardcopy from the thrift stores. It mostly due to budget constraints, but there’s less hype with the indies and no big wasted monies with trad pub that don’t live up to their hype.
Nothing new in my world, but I’m reading a pretty good urban fantasy/paranormal suspense right now. With fairies. And cops. And heinous bad guys capturing fairies for nefarious purposes. I’m about halfway through. I hope it stays good and doesn’t let me down.
August 14th, 2019 at 4:59 pm · Link
B.E., its true that many books don’t live up to the hype. Unfortunately, I don’t remember how I found it, I tend to get several books at once on my Kindle.
I guess different tastes make books fun to discuss. A friend and I had an ongoing fun debate over one of JR Ward’s Black Dagger books that still amuses me to this day. We just had differing opinions about a world building point.
I haven’t read paranormal in while, but that sounds like a great series! I hope it stays on track for you too!