Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What I Read Wednesday

I only read one book this week. It was 600 pages long and I followed it up with a 300+ page. Also, 8th graders don't want to read in the last week of school (shocking), so I lost my silent reading time. Which I guess is a nice transition to next year when I lost it all together (no, I don't want to discuss this).

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: A Novel
I am torn on this book. It started off strong and I was sucked in. Marcus Goldman is a writer who trained under Harry Quebert, his professor and a famous author. After Marcus' first book is a huge success, he encounters serious writer's block and escapes to Harry's house to try and shake it. In the midst of this, a body is found on Harry Quebert's property and Harry is arrested for a decades old murder. As the story unravels, it seems the dead girl, Nola, disappeared at 15 and was involved with Harry. The story and the mystery itself was interesting… but this is where I get hung up on it. It could've been about 200 pages less. And the dialogue was absolutely appalling. To the point where I almost had to set the book down a few times. I want to chalk it up to the book being translated to English, but it was bad. Cringeworthy. It is not a great story, but it was a good story. It could've been better, much better, but I will say that the story drew me in the first few hundred pages, so that's a bonus.

What are you reading?

6 comments:

One crazed mommy said...

Just finished Chasing The Sun - it was good and glad I read it, but I've read better. Just downloaded The House of Bathory, which is a historical fiction based loosely on true events of Elizabeth Bathory who used to torture and murder her servant girls. Somehow it ties past in with present, but haven't started yet so not sure...will let you know.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I'm reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. It's very good.

InTheFastLane said...

I'm reading All the Light We Cannot See. It has a lot of time and character jumps. But I'm feeling them all coming together now and I'm having a hard time putting this book down.

Bari said...

I read The Fault in Our Stars in just a few hours today. I bawled like a baby in spots and now I don't know if I want to see the movie. *sigh*

Barb said...

I read the Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan and it wasn't exactly amazing :) Parts of it were very good though. Now I'm almost finished with a short story collection called American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell. I don't read short stories often but her characters are awesome and I'm glad I picked this up.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I stumbled upon many Janet Evonovich books at Goodwill a few years back and bought them all at 25¢ each. I've had them stored away since and figured it's time to pull them out and give them a try. Hopefully I like them. Otherwise, in my yard sale they will go.