I did read this week. Unfortunately, reading so much of one novel before I decided to put it aside for good put a damper on what I finished. I seem to be in a spate of long novels again after a run of shorter YA. This never bothers me because I do like a long, well-developed novel, but it does get me when I can’t finish at least two books in a week. Better luck next week!
FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
I didn’t know what to expect with this fictional telling of Lizzie Borden and the murders of which she was accused. Then again, I was not very familiar with her story other than knowing the rhyme about whacking her father and mother. I was impressed with the way Ms. Schmidt tried to pull everything together, recognizing that she was working with an unsolved mystery and that there would always be dissatisfaction at the lack of closure.
DID NOT FINISH:
I gave this historical fiction novel from Susan Holloway Scott 200 pages of my time. It was at that point where the repetitiveness of certain phrases, the plodding pacing, and the general simplicity of the language left me wanting something else. For the right reader, I am sure that this is a delightful look at A. Ham’s better half. For me, I wanted something less childish and more hard-hitting. In fact, it reminded me a bit too much of the Sunfire historical romance series I devoured as a preteen. Plus, the novel is really not about Eliza so much as it is about seeing A. Ham through Eliza’s heart-covered eyes. In flipping to the end, I see that Ms. Scott ends the novel after A. Ham’s death, failing to record all of the things she did after that. I would like to learn more about the best of wives the best of women, but I am going to find my information from someone who will focus on Eliza and not her famous husband.
I am slowly making progress on this one even though I want to savor it and soak up RBG’s amazing fortitude, convictions, and drive. I hope to finish it this week.
So, what are you reading?
I can not wait to read Clockwork Dynasty! I think! I hope!
It is a bit of a slow start so far. I am hoping it picks up quickly!
Love RBG the most!
I checked Godsgrave out from the lib this week and thought of you. I am so excited and so scared to start it. Also its a signed copy so I might never return it.
I am loving her too! I had no idea she was such a spitfire!
I actually have a copy. I am wavering between trying to get caught up on review copies or just reading it. Maybe for the readathon? I totally would not return a signed copy. Unless you don’t like it. Then return it. Otherwise, I say just get a new copy for the library!
You gave that book a better chance than I would’ve…after 50 pages, I’m out. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you.
It frustrates me when I’m stuck on a long book. I spent almost two weeks reading The Good Daughter, and finally finished it this weekend. Then picked up a cutesy romance and finished it in a day. Felt good to get my reading groove back!
I hope you enjoy your books this week!
I think the only reason I gave it as long as I did was because it was about Eliza and Alexander Hamilton. I hoped it would get better to be worthy of affiliation to the musical. Alas, it did not.
I love long books. Seriously love them. I need to be in the right mood though, and I need to have something lighter on hand to balance out its length. I did not do that this time because I honestly thought it would be a faster read than it was.
Glad you liked See What I Have Done…didn’t work for me, but I know some others liked it.
Interested to hear your thoughts on Running Club…I’ve been hearing about i, but you’re the first blogger I trust who has read it.
I think the reason See What I Have Done worked for me is because I honestly had no idea about any of the details of the murder, the trial, or even the verdict. All I knew of Lizzie Borden before reading it was the children’s rhyme. I didn’t even know it was her stepmother and not her mother who was the first victim. So, for me, I learned a lot. However, if I had known all of the details of the crime and the trial ahead of time I don’t think I would have had the same favorable impression. Plus, I remain undecided on the addition of Benjamin. I know what his purpose in the novel is, but I’m not certain she could not have accomplished the same thing with a neighbor or someone else.
I ended up staying awake until 2 AM last night to finish Running Club. It was not what I expected but rather so much more. I think the title is a bit too tongue-in-cheek for the plot though. I have to write the review, which should go live next week.