Ain’t nobody got time for a bad book!
With my hatred of snow and any temperatures under 70 degrees (thanks to my Florida upbringing), I’ve gotten a lot of reading in this winter as I hid out in my DC apartment.
I’ve read some amazing books, like this and this, but also I’ve read a number of complete duds! Nothing makes me more upset than struggling my way through a bad book (because as I shared, I’m not one to abandon mid-read), so I thought I’d share my warning list with you.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This book about a young, naive married couple is split up into two parts; “Fates” narrated by husband, Lotto, and “Furies” narrated by the wife, Mathilde. The first half drags and drags (and then drags some more), not getting to any point, and sounding crass and immature all along the way. The only saving grace of this book was the second half when Mathilde’s story took over with some shocking facts that actually gave you a reason to read. Still though, this book (IMHO) isn’t worth the struggle of Lotto’s narration.
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
I had high hopes for this book since it was on the Ten Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review. I finished it and thought, “What on earth was the point? Maybe I missed something? Missed everything?” It’s basically 182 (thank goodness it was short) pages of poems all hinting at a depressed woman with a marriage falling apart. Half the time the stream of consciousness written on the page had no relevance to the storyline whatsoever. People praise it for the beautiful writing and her ability to say “so much in so little”…. I for one did not have that feeling.
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
I got this recommendation from Levo, which is usually an amazing source for things such as book recommendations. Sadly, this one fell a bit short. I think if I were a junior or senior in college I would have gotten something out of it (chapters and chapters about internships and resume writing), but that isn’t the stage of life I’m in currently. Don’t get me wrong, she made some great points, but if you’re happy with your career path (and already know you shouldn’t have your mom reach out to potential employers for you) then you should pick up a different book.
I’m currently reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (it’s been on my reading list ever since I saw Rory Gilmore reading it in Gilmore Girls #girlcrush) and it’s AMAZING!! 50 pages left, so keep your eyes peeled for a review soon.
Have you read any duds lately? Share below so I can make sure to strike them from my TBR list!