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.
Did Not Finish:
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.
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.
What are you reading this week?