I'm not a huge dystopian lover and I also get contrary about books that get highly praised so I wasn't to thrilled to be reading this one. However, I was enjoying it until I got to the first night in the arena. That was kind of my stopping place before going to bed and as I put it down I thought I just don't want to read this anymore. I don't want to read things going even worse. Luckily, I talked myself into picking it up again and ended up really loving it. I still haven't read the next 2.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (Review)
I actually did put this down for awhile and if I hadn't gotten it for review purposes I probably wouldn't have picked it up. The first 30% or so just didn't grab me. I couldn't keep Beth and Jennifer straight and just thought Lincoln was a loser. However, when I really started reading it I ended up find a really sweet story that I really enjoyed.
The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba by Julia Cooke (Review)
This is another one where the writing just grab me until I actually focused on this book alone. It ended up being a really interesting eye opening look but at the beginning I thought it was going to be a disjointed mess!
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (Review)
The part before the girls actually get on the train is slllloooooowwww. However, when the girls finally get on the train and the story picks up.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I spent most of this book wanting Jane to grow a backbone. I had to read it for the first time in high school and HATED it until I got to the part where Mr. Rochester shows up. All was forgiven.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
I had to read this for book club last summer and while I really liked the writing style it hit a point where everything just seemed to grim and hopeless. I hung end there and ended up really enjoying the book.
Books I Should Have Put Down But Didn't
Looking for Anne of Green Gables by Irene Gammel (Review)
I read this book last year because I had read all of the Montgomery books and felt I should read a biography of the author. By the end of the book I was annoyed - annoyed with the author of the book, annoyed with Montgomery, annoyed with Montgomery's characters. I probably should have just put this book down and quietly walked away.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James (Review)
I kept expecting this book to get better. I mean it's P.D. James, she's one of the big names in British mysteries. I'm glad it was short but I still feel like I wasted a few hours of my life that I'll never get back!
Books I Did Put Down
Possession by A.S. Byatt
I was so excited by the premise of this book. Historical research, digging through letters and journals, a mystery and love affair in the past. It sounds like it was written for me. Unfortunately reading it felt a little bit like wading in mud. I know people loved it but it definitely didn't end up being for me.]
Home Again by Mariah Stewart
Stewart is normally one of my go-to authors but I never was able to really get into the 2nd entry of the Chesapeake Diaries series. I didn't care for Dallas, the main character, and the plot just didn't grab me. I decided to skip it and go back to it but I'm halfway done with #3 and really enjoying it and don't see myself going back to Dallas's story anytime soon.