Yes, we’re still sunbathing in Miami :) You gotta love Florida winters.
All three of my recent reads I selected were because I’d heard good reviews. Sometimes good reviews can lead you to amazing stories, but other times their gushing words set expectations a bit too high.
That’s what happened with these three books.
Artemis by Andy Weir
I was in love with Andy’s first book, The Martian. Yes, it is sci-fi and maybe it was just a fluke that I loved his first one so much. But this one was a let down. The main female character was a bit too extreme, the police a bit too nonchalant, and the ending was an unrealistic letdown. (3 our of 5 stars)
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
This one I knew may not resonate with me but I just had to know why so many people loved it. I’m not a fan of ice hockey, not a fan of snow, and not a fan of books set in high school. All of these things describe Beartown. But hey, at least the ending was better than I feared it would be. Not to mention the main female character was a BA. (4 out of 5 stars)
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Now this one really did not meet my expectations. It was like a boring episode of The Big Bang Theory that never ended and had no plot. I was looking for a book to lift my spirits and make me feel happy (I literally googled “books that put you in a good mood”). This book just made me feel bored. (3 out of 5 stars)
Have you been reading duds lately? Sometimes warnings from fellow readers are even better than recommendations. That way our expectations aren’t too lofty.