Friday, July 8, 2011

TGIF {7} & Follow Friday {6}

  

Ginger at GReads! created this fun weekly event called TGIF at GReads! to re-cap the week and ask us fun questions. This week she asked us this:


Blogger Confession: 
What's the last book you could not finish? 
(or had a hard time finishing?)

This is a very hard question for me and I thought about it for a few minutes. Because I tend to be a very good judge of my own TBR pile/list, I very rarely have a book that I do not finish. Very rarely. I know it happened a long time ago, but I can't remember the last time I got a book I wasn't really having a fit to read. I've been overjoyed about most everything I've read in the past almost-year. I will reference you, however, to my Follow Friday post (scroll down just a little bit) to see what is my least favorite book that I've actually finished...

But I know that isn't the TGIF question! Lucky for me I have a perfect STAND IN right here to answer when I cannot! My sweet husband is sitting beside me. When I read Ginger's question out loud, he said immediately and confidentlyThe Book Thief (by Markus Zusak). I asked him for an explanation for you guys and this is what he said: 

"I appreciated the perspective and the story, but it wasn't moving along quickly enough for me and I could see what was going to happen. Then I read a synopsis of it and I was right."  
I know, I know. I'm as appalled as you all probably are. I loved The Book Thief. But the man has his own literary tastes, and I love him for that! (even though he and I totally butt heads on books sometimes) 

Thank you, honeybunches, for being my TGIF Stand-In this week....

Thanks Ginger! Tough question this week!

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Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted at Parajunkee's View where a question is asked and answered. All the blogs that participate are linked together in one place. It's really cool.

This week, the question is:

What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?    


My Answer:   **SPOILER** This is tough. As a rule, I don't tend to read books that I do not think I will enjoy. And if I do not like them, I do not finish them. I tend to give myself about 50 pages, and if it just isn't doing it for me...I will stop reading it. This doesn't happen very often at all, though, because I tend to be a very good judge of my own TBR pile. I know what I like, and I can generally tell by the cover and synopsis. 

THAT BEING SAID...just a few short weeks ago, I read True Grit by Charles Portis. The only reason I read it is because my husband really wanted me to watch the movie with him. I should stress that my husband never actually asked me to read this book. I chose to read it. But I am neurotic about reading books before the movie, and I was determined in this case. 
                                      
                                                                                              
I love cowboys...like, a lot. And I love cowboy movies even more. But apparently I do not love cowboy books. I am not saying that the book is a bad book. But it was my least favorite in a very, very long time. Had I not been watching the movie later in the evening, I would have abandoned the book. And probably in the future, if I am hating on a book that much, I will abandon the book. But for some reason, I was determined to finish True Grit

I feel like I wasted my time. Not only did I find that I do not care for cowboy books, but I don't care for books with lots of snakes and sad endings. 

**I feel awful. I feel like I just talked negatively about Mr. Portis' work of art. But it just wasn't for me.  :(


13 comments:

  1. I just watched the movie..lol
    New follower,,
    happy friday
    Jennifer

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  2. See I think that is really it - the book wasn't for you. It might be fantastic for someone else!
    My Follow Friday. Have a great week!

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  3. Haven't read that book yet.
    Wish me and my husband like similar books he reads all of Dan Brown, and alot of biographies of wrestlers and sports people.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. LOL--I came over here to see what your book you couldn't finish was and was greeted by your hubbies instead. My hubbies taste in books-MEH..I would never ask him to read something I read and vise versa. And another thing..I am shocked I wasn't following your blog(I have taken care of that) I mean you have been on Twitter with me for awhile now!

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  5. Thats funny, my husband came home with the movie last sunday. he is a cowboy movie fanatic. The movie was actually pretty good. (to be sure, is that the one with the 14 year old very intelligent daughter who father dies and she goes to retrieve his body and tend to his belongings as well as wanting the man that killed her dad caught) If so, it was a good movie, only one snake incident in movie.
    http://sidnebkclubreviewz.blogspot.com

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  6. Awww, I haven't read the book but it's easy to imagine myself struggling through it, too. I hope you enjoyed the movie at least? Hehe. Have a great weekend!

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  7. I haven't read this book but it's not my genre so no worries there.

    Thanks for stopping by StuckInBooks #FF. Returning the favor.

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  8. new follower :)

    check out my pick here

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  9. I'm following you now.

    Check out mine
    http://strawberrybookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/follow-friday-1.html

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  10. I usually only give them 5 pages... :)
    Hi! Just stopping by. Following you from Feature & Follow My Book Blog Friday. Would love a visit and a follow back on my blog: http://blog.writerslairbooks.com. Thanks! Nice to meet you!

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  11. Hopping through. I haven't read or watched True Grit. I don't think I'd like it since I'm not into cowboys. Too bad it disappointed you.
    My Hop

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  12. Hi, I'm a new follower from FF, wishing you a great weekend!

    http://www.nickijmarkus.com

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  13. New follower hopping through! I also give books 50 pages to impress me. :P Sorry that book didn't work out for you.

    Hope you're having a good weekend!

    Alyssa
    Reader's Refuge

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