So, if you follow my blog at all, you know I love books. Love to read them. Love to talk about them. Love to voice my opinions about them. Love to hear other people’s opinions about them.
But what about books that don’t elicit much more than a “meh”? Do I write about those too?
I must admit, it doesn’t happen very often that I can’t find something to say about a book. Even when I don’t like a book I still have opinions about the writing or characters. But every once in a while, I’ll read a book (or 2 or 3) that are fine, even good, but which I know will not stand out to me in a few weeks’ time.
My blog, scattered in subject that it may be, has included posts about every book I’ve read since I launched for real in March. But now I wonder…I try to post daily Monday-Friday. Do I want to dedicate an entire post to a title about which I only feel lukewarm?
I don’t want to skip the books completely. After all, alenaslife has become a journal of sorts. I can look back over the months to know what I was thinking, where I was going, and what I was reading.
For instance, in June I read two books that were good, not great.
The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey) got some pretty amazing Goodreads reviews and seemed, based on its description, to contain a bit of magic, which usually appeals to me. While the descriptions of 1920s Alaskan homesteads & wildlife were outstanding, I don’t think I connected strongly enough with the main characters. In the end I wasn’t sure if this novel was a fairy tale or not.
South of Superior (Ellen Airgood) is one of those books you might pick up at a discount store. It has a truly terrible cover, but I did really love the main character, Madeleine Stone. She’s bright and tenacious and flawed and interesting. No surprises. No brilliant prose. Just good, escapist, romantic fiction in a rugged, Upper Peninsula setting.
I certainly don’t want to disparage these titles. (When I hate a book, you’ll know it, and you’ll know why.) I’m considering an occasional group post – a kind of “Also Recently Read.”