Childrens Book Reading Extravaganza 2010: Novel #88
These days, my free time is not only infrequent, it is a precious commodity. Clearly, when said free time commences, I run to my To Do List and try to cross off as much as possible. Um, yeah, someone needs to learn how to relax. *cough* Organizational Freak! *cough*
While I may not be the picture of zen, I have learned to add relaxing activities to my list. The bonus there is I get to do something I enjoy (Hello pedicure!) and then…THEN, I get to cross it off my list. Cha-ching!
A constant on my list is “read the next chapter in ______ (insert children’s novel and/or semi trashy magazine and/or book about baby sleep here).” ‘Cuz in my world, no matter how busy a girl is, she needs to make time to read! *cough* Nerd alert! *cough*
Sadly friends, novel #88 made it hard to cross this off my list. After my colossal fail with Swallows and Amazons, I have become more determined than ever to give each of these books a chance. Following the sage advice I received from many of you, I vowed to give each book at least 50 pages. (Originally I was thinking of giving each books 100 pages to catch my attention, but honestly? That’s a serious time commitment for someone with a serious lack of free time.)
In my many years as a nerdy-nerds-a-lot-lover-of-books on this planet, I have rarely come across books that I struggle to finish.
What I’m trying to say is….I didn’t make it through novel #88. I gave it the old school try…and just no.
Before we continue, novel #88 is The High King by Lloyd Alexander.
And now I shall commence defending myself.
First of all, within the first three pages…no three paragraphs of this book, like fifty ho-jillion characters were introduced. And they all have these crazy old-timey names like Taran and Gordick or whatever. Basically, I needed a family tree or a road map or a side tutorial to follow this puppy and on two hours of sleep? No. Just no. Mama is not that smart. Or motivated.
I gave it 25 pages….25 long name filled pages. Then I re-read the synopsis on the inside back cover. Story about good versus evil? Battles? Love? Sounds good, right?
25 pages later. I still have no idea who anyone is, what they are doing and when the battles start.
So, my internet friends and colleagues, tell me. What is the draw to this book? Should I suck it up for another 50? (By the by, totally already started book #87 and am loving it, so the idea of me jumping back in with The High Kings? Unlikely.)
Another week, another book. Next time we’re checking out novel #87 The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg. (And I’m loving it!)
Enjoy your weekends!