Not so long ago, I fancied some food while I was out shopping. I decided I wanted some Wagamama noodles, and headed over. However, before I went in, I stopped off at Waterstones. I was on my own and didn't feel comfortable eating alone without something to occupy me. I bought a book.
Hurried from my usual "read the first chapter" browsing habits by my grumbling stomach, I grabbed a book I had on my Amazon wishlist, The Blue Book. It was a new release, the plot sounded great, and even though it was £13 (*hyperventilation*) I bought it anyway. I needed a book and I knew what this was about.
A couple of months on, I am only 150 pages in and have completed 3 other books instead.
The trouble is, I simply cannot bear the writing style. It's languid, self-indulgent, meandering prose that (150 pages in) hasn't yet presented me with the point of the novel. It's got unlinked narratives popping up left, right and centre and a first chapter that, even if I had read it in the shop, has no bearing on the next 8! Argh! I've only so far experienced the ridiculous mind-babble of the central character. I don't really relate to her, her characterisation is annoying and I don't need a thousand different ways to describe a waiting crowd for a boat!!!!
Ok. I've got that out the way... Here's the dilemma. Obviously, I'm not clicking with this book, but the thing is that the plot sounds great, it's simply the way it's written that's getting to me.
Do I stick with it, with all the grating irks that go with it, for the satifaction of the plot? Or do I stop, potentially missing out on a great story, but saving myself the frustration?
I felt like this with a couple of David Mitchell novels... I didn't finish them, but then again I didn't find their plot so interesting either...!
"To read or not to read?" : The Blue Book
Emma is a designer living in Bristol, UK. A self-confessed stationery addict, book lover and TV sci-fi geek, she enjoys sketching zombie-eyed women and finding her next source of inspiration in the pages on the bookshelf.