NetGalley Reads: The Lives of Edie Pritchard

NetGalley Reads: The Lives of Edie Pritchard

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Hello and happy Friday. Today has been one of those seemingly hectic days that in reality have been super unproductive. Wow, this mood is oddly fitting since I’ll tell you about my latest DNF. Look, I don’t know if it’s a me-problem or if I’m getting sent books I don’t like or what, but lately I haven’t been having the best of luck when it comes to blog tours. Regardless, I’d like to thank NetGalley, the author and Algonquin for this opportunity.

I started this book on July 16th, 2020 and DNF’ed it July 18th. True, I wasn’t very patient, but I felt a slump coming and I wasn’t going to have one. From what I could figure out, this novel is divided into three parts, and each one is titled Edie plus a different last name. At first I thought this meant that each part was about a different Edie but no, I guess it’s the same woman at various stages of her life.

Call me whatever you want, but I found it unsettling that a man wrote a book in which there was a female main character, and yet it was not told in first person and really, the men had more prevalence than her. It’s like she was used as an excuse, although I wouldn’t know what for since I didn’t read much of it. Ultimately I DNF’ed this book because I found it boring and didn’t want to make a huge effort with my reading.

Tell me about cool books to read. I need your recommendations.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: The Mountains Sing (DNF)

NetGalley Reads: The Mountains Sing (DNF)

NETFLIX TALK_.pngHello and happy Friday. I know I’ve never done this, but today I’ll be talking about a book I DNF’ed, or did not finish. This book was sent to me via NetGalley because I was invited to a blog tour by Algonquin, the publishing house. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve been invited to several bog tours lately, and that’s actually the only way in which I am getting books from NetGalley now, as I am not requesting anything. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s review this.

I started reading The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai on February 1st, 2020 and did not finish it, which is why I am not going to rate it. I was excited to read and review this book because the author is Vietnamese and it made me happy that NetGalley, and especially Algonquin, was helping promote diversity in the bookish industry.

The book starts with the main character telling us about their recently deceased grandmother and the stories she would tell. That alone sounds fascinating, right? Well, every time I sat down and read, I would feel like I was not retaining anything. There are some books that require the readers to reach a certain point to get truly hooked, and I felt that I never got to that point. I mostly read at night, after long days of teaching, and for some reason, I could not focus on this story.

There are alternating perspectives and timelines, which is something I usually love, but the way it was done in this book, it went over my head. I got very confused because I wasn’t sure about who was talking or what they were talking about, and I know that I had no clue about Vietnam, but it was deeper than that, it was about the author’s narrative style that was too advanced for me.

Had I read this on vacation or during a time when I could be 100% dedicated to the story, I think I would have been able to finish it and truly value it for what it was, but this experience with it was leading me towards a three or even a two-star rating. I recognize the importance of this book, but it wasn’t for me.

I am not going to attempt to read it later, but if you are able to finish it, let me know what you thought about it.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila