Traditional book reviews are not my favorite thing. It always makes me a little crazy when I’m looking through Goodreads, only to find the same summary written and rewritten in catchy ways to try and inform the reader of whether to read the book or not.
I can read a book cover. I don’t need information about what’s inside the book, and for God’s sake, please leave out any spoiler alerts. I don’t want to know how it ends… until I get to that spot myself, thank you very much.
What I do want is to know how you felt reading it. Did you laugh, cry (or hopefully both!), or were you unable to put it down? Did you struggle to get through or give up for something better? These are the things I want from a review.
And so that is what I will give you, Dear Reader.
Just thoughts. Random thoughts, obviously, but thoughts just the same.
Which brings me to this weeks read, Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica. I’ll be honest, I almost didn’t finish it. About a third of the way through, I texted my friend Linda to see if it was worth finishing. (It’s nice to have a friend who has the same taste in books.) “It does get better.” was the text I got back.
So, I did finish it, although I may or may not have skimmed quite a bit of it in the middle. It bothered me because I was such a fan of The Good Girl, and while I liked this story in the end, it was a challenge to get there. But by the time I got to the last fifty pages, I couldn’t put it down.
Mary knows how to weave a story, a mystery, that I will never know how to do. Days after reading this, I’m still thinking about the characters and the story woven through the pages.
Should you read it, yes. Don’t compare it to anything… just relax and enjoy the process.
Actually, use that advice for life too. Don’t compare… just relax and enjoy the process 🙂
And #prayfororlando #loveALWAYSwins
Happy reading, and have a great week.