Sometimes books just don’t work for me, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad. Maybe I’m having a bad day, or not in the mood for a particular genre, or whatever the reason may be, I end up not enjoying a perfectly decent book. That is the case with the following…*
The Last Book Party // Karen Dukess. New York + Cape Cod + The ’80s + Writers should = brilliance. It does not.
This one may be a good option for a beach read for some folks, but it didn’t work for me.
The Orphan of Salt Winds // Elizabeth Brooks. The cover has a blurb from Eowyn Ivey! That was why I picked it up, and while it’s a chilly, atmospheric novel, it didn’t hold my attention. Released as Call of the Curlew in England, Brooks’ work of historical fiction tries to balance mystery with coming of age, but in the end, it just didn’t work for me. Fans of historical fiction may want to give this a try.
Mary B. // Katherine J. Chen. When it says a “new perspective on the classic”, I just need to walk away. I love Jane Austen, I want more Jane Austen, but I just have to admit it’s not possible, no matter how many takes on Pride and Prejudice I try to read. The charm and candor of the original was missing in this one.
All the Little Lights // Jamie McGuire. This one is a good book for the right reader. That read, obviously, is not me. I’ve read a couple of Jamie McGuire books and could read another, so I picked up All the Little Lights. Catherine and Elliot meet and form a life-changing friendship, but as life changes, that bond is tested. The premise is interesting – I don’t want to give anything away – but it’s a young adult novel and I did not realize it (it was definitely marketed as adult fiction).
We Went to the Woods // Caite Dolan-Leach. This is a premise I can totally relate to, at least my younger self. Disillusioned (and burned by a reality tv show mishap), Mack throws caution to the wind and joins four friends to live of the grid in the Finger Lakes region. Given the region’s backstory in the novel, there was quite a bit to explore, but perhaps too much? The novel got bogged down and moved slowly for me. I also read this one on the heels of The Ash Family, so perhaps it was just too much of a particular plot line. If eschewing modern life is your jam, check this one out, as the writing itself is good.
*It’s RARE that I cover books that I don’t enjoy. This may be the first time! I also received all of these books courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley.