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Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.

Finished Last Week:

Book Cover Image: The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman Book Cover Image: Me and the Devil by Nick Tosches

Did Not Finish:

Book Cover Image: Believe Like a Child by Paige Dearth

This is such a tough one to admit. The author asked me personally to read and review the book, which is not that big a deal. However, the subject matter of the book is a fictionalized autobiography. Yes, the child rape of the main character did happen to the author. I was intrigued how someone could recover from something like that so broke my “rule” of not accepting self-published books and said yes.

I struggled with the overall sentence structure and word choices, as well as some issues with a highly-biased omniscient third-person narrator. I know what Ms. Dearth was trying to do but feels that she did not quite achieve her goal. Of the pages I read, it felt more like she was trying to punish the adults in her life that allowed her to experience such a terrifying childhood. I made it to page 29 and just could not continue.

The story itself still fascinates me. How someone could experience the things the main character/author did and survive to become a thriving member of society is a psychiatrist’s dream. I feel that Ms. Dearth has an amazing story to tell and hopes she can tell it to a wide audience. I believe that with some major edits – including a lot of wordsmithing – the novel could be a good one. As it stands now, however, it did not work for me.

Currently Reading:

Book Cover Image: Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell

Currently Listening:

Nada. Zilch. Zip. For some reason, the idea of listening to an audiobook holds no appear right now. I am hoping that as things finally start to settle down at work, my primary listening place, I will feel that urge to open up Audible and select something.

Up Next:

Book Cover Image: The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon Book Cover Image: Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum Book Cover Image: The Discovery of Jeanne Baret by Glynis Ridley Book Cover Image: Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates

What are you reading this week?

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