GoodReads Book Club

Since starting a book club with my friends I decided I should expand my reading experience further as I definitely read more than one book a month 🙂

I found the goodreads website a good few years ago and love keeping track of what I have read over the years. This year I joined the 2011 challenge and am on track to read 50 books during the year.

I also decided to sign up to the goodreads book club for June and July and read A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

I don’t like it 🙁

I’m quite sad about this, but there is something about it that doesn’t click with me. Each chapter focuses on a different character at a different time in their lives. You see the characters in the chapters before and after normally so you see how they are linked through the book. I like to get to know characters and I found that only seeing the characters for a short amount of time does not suit my need for character development and to be able to feel for or relate to them in some way.

The writing style I did like. It is fairly easy to read and keeps flowing. But this is not enough to keep my attention.

I picked it up to continue last night and just could not do it. 66% done and I can’t read anymore of it.

Life is too short to read bad books

I like this saying but I think I would change it to books you don’t enjoy rather than ‘bad’ as I don’t think all books I don’t like are bad, I just didn’t click with them, whereas other people do.

I’m glad I read most of it in some ways, but then feel I’ve wasted good reading time on something I wasn’t enjoying, but I’m not good at stopping reading a book once I’ve invested time in starting it and giving it enough time to make my mind up.

What do you think? If you don’t like a book you start reading would you stop reading it before finishing?

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