Aw, man this book. I wanted to like it so badly (Neil Gaiman does! Why don’t I???!) but there was just something – and I can’t quite put my finger on it – that made me completely not interested in the story. It’s well written and funny, quite clever, the language is intriguing and the characters should be interesting. But they are just not – not to me I mean. They could easily be to you and if this is your favorite book I’m definitely not judging. I really get it. It has all the parts for an amazing book – but for me the parts never work together.
Boots and shirt – old from Modcloth
Skirt – old from New Look
Did I finish it? Yeah, I’m not a savage 😉 I don’t abandon books, like a captain doesn’t abandon his ship (except they totally do, why the hell wouldn’t they?) but it took me so long compared to how short the book is (less than 300 pages). I didn’t read much about before hand and I was kinda hoping for an old fashioned pirate story. It’s not. It’s very modern. It’s about an estranged family. And yes pirates but in our time. Which happens to be a lot less romantic than ‘quiver me timbers, Captain Sparrow’.
And you know I’m still glad I read it. It wasn’t something I would have read otherwise and I’m sure I got something from it. I believe no book leaves us untouched. And that’s really the thing about books, you know. We read with our minds but also with our stomach – and I don’t just say that because I’m hungry – but it’s a gut feeling sometimes. And it may go the other way as well. You may like a book but know quite why. Most of us aren’t professors of literature and while I have always loved reading I don’t like analyzing what I read. I like feeling it and sensing it – not discussing it and butchering it.
Or well, actually in this case I did because why didn’t I like this stupid book?! and I wrote in our BBRBF facebook group and thank heavens my fellow well dressed bookclub ladies were pretty much as confused as me. Now I don’t know their full thoughts on the book but I am very curious to find out. You can find the links to their blogs in the bottom of the post.
The other BBRBFs:
Sara from In a Nutshell
Kristina from The Eyre Effect
Lyndsey from Dressed in Mascara
Noelle from The Classy Junk
Helene from Circle skirts and petticoats