Right now, I’m reading Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley. I love it. It reminds me of Confessions of a Shopaholic and and a movie about a country girl. It has a very familiar vibe. It’s light to read. I don’t usually read this fast when it comes to contemporary novels, but I do right now. What does this prove? This proves that I might like or even love a novel from a genre that isn’t my favorite. Books can surprise you. Authors can pull you in with their writing. The unexpected could happen.
But in my one year of blogging, I’ve stumbled upon a couple of novels that I really had a hard time with. Believe me, it wasn’t even an issue with the cover that started this hard relationship. For three to four times, I’ve tried reading these books. And over and over again, I find myself in the same situation: having a difficult time reading the story, not being able to get into it, and noticing that the story is a bit…dull and boring or really just disconnected – it doesn’t appeal to me the same way the other novels did. This makes me really, really sad. Not only because I won’t be writing a good review about it but because I won’t be able to finish the whole story – not because I don’t want to (I want to. I really, really do.) but because I can’t. I couldn’t. No matter how hard or how many times I tried. In my one year of blogging, reading these have been the most challenging and difficult part so far. I have no idea how I'm going to review these books. I have no idea what to do. Any suggestions?
So, to conclude…should I or should I not request/read/review books that are not my cup of tea? What do you think?
I think I should still do that. Because a good reviewer accepts challenges and broadens her bookish mind. Because the unexpected could happen. Because there are very good authors out there whose works I haven’t read yet. Because I joined Reggie’s 2011 YA Contemporary Challenge and it will do me good to read contemporary novels once in a while.