Monday, 5 May 2008

Sunday Salon - Struggling and Sailing

I haven't managed much reading this Sunday as I have been on a weekend sailing course. A lot of fun but hard work, reading about it didn't quite prepare me for doing it!

I have managed a couple of chapters of The Thirteeth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I was really excited about this book. It came highly recommended and had so many good reviews but I am really struggling with it. I love the writing but I'm not really engaged with the characters. It's not so bad that I won't finish but I'm not dying to pick it up either.

It's especially hard to keep going as I got an Amazon delivery of the following;

Life as we know it - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Looking for Alaska - John Green

The Inheritance of Lost - Kiran Desai

All of which are crying out to be started.


  1. The Setterfied seems to have been a book that has divided readers. Like you, I was quite excited about the idea but very disappointed in the execution. I felt she was all the time trying to be someone else - no genuine voice at all. And yet many of my friends thought it was wonderful.

  2. I loved The Thirteenth Tale -- particularly the character of the narrator. I read the book several months ago, but I keep thinking about her.

  3. I felt the same way about "Thirteenth Tale" when I started it - a little disappointed after all the hoopla. But I stuck with it and ended up liking it a lot - I think it picks up about halfway through. But I always say life is too short to read books you don't really love – there are always so many good ones out there!

  4. Tale Talk - yes I think that is the problem no one stong voice.
    Julie - Really maybe she'll grow on me but I find her very blah at the moment.
    Jlshall - I'm nearly half way so we'll see.


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