A Few Bumps in the Road

I've encountered a few bumps in the Reading Road this month. It has been an awful long time since I started a book and then did not finish it. Everything I've read this year has just been so good, with only a few I didn't enjoy very much but they at least were compelling enough that I had to finish them.

This month I have had 3 DNF! And two of those have been right after each other in the last two days. Earlier this month I started but could not finish Twelve Bar Blues by Patrick Neate. I got about 80 pages in and was just bored with it so I moved on.

Now, just since I finished my last review, I've started Big Fish by Daniel Wallace and again got about 80 pages in and was bored. Maybe because I've already seen the movie? The movie seemed to have much more cohesiveness than the book.

So then I picked up Beau Sabreur by PC Wren. Beau Geste is one of my all-time favourite books so I was looking forward to this. I read about 130 pages the first day and it was readable but wasn't anywhere near as good as Beau Geste. So the next day I pick up the book to start reading more and I can't for the life of me remember anything that has already happened in the plot! I carted it around with me that day and managed to read a couple more pages over the morning before I gave up on it.

It was then with trepidation that I picked up the next book A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. I'm happy to say it is a hit and I'm back on track! I couldn't put it down yesterday, then stayed up way later than I should have and am, at this point, two-thirds done.


  1. Yay - I love A Dirty Job. If that book didn't grab you, I think you'd be in real trouble! I had the same problem earlier this summer with Wicked. I just could not get through that book. I got maybe two thirds of the way through and found myself dreading picking it up. What a sense of relief I felt when I finally set it aside!


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