Some books are amazingly well written and I will read even the fattest tomes in no time. Then there are those thin volumes that look as if you'd be able to finish them in an afternoon, but these can be sooo deceiving.
The culprit? Hot Schemes (Sherryl Woods), a mystery novel of the most boring kind I have ever encountered. Don't get me wrong, it's not really badly written and the text does flow quite smoothly, but the whole storyline revolving around an exploding boat and Cuban immigrants made my eyelids droop after a few pages. And it did so every time I picked up the book to continue reading. And I'm not even blaming the premise. I blame the author. Things are happening, but I simply couldn't get into the story. Or the characters. Thus, those 260 pages took me four days and it's not even in teeny tiny print. No kidding. I know, I should have used the 50-page rule like so many do these days, but I'm of the optimistic kind as much as I hate giving up. Now of course, I wish I had. That book provided me with more sleep than anyone could possibly need.
I guess you could say that the reason why I did pick up some speed with that dreadful book was due to the fact that The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) lured me in*. When I started on it I only planned on reading a few pages before bed, and then I ended up reading more than 100 pages. If it hadn't been for the fact that I had to get up early the next day, I might have read the whole book in one go. How I liked it? Liked!? I loved it!!! This dystopian novel was just awesome! So yes, it is a YA book, but you can read it at any age and appreciate it. And I'm not ashamed to say, I cried a little when Rue died, too. But this is a good thing, when books can make me cry, because it means they really touched me.
It's been a bountiful week on LibraryThing for me. This is what I received – The Plighted Troth (Mirella Sichirollo Patzer), Freedom's Sword and A Kingdom's Cost (J.R. Tomlin), These Hellish Happenings (Jennifer Rainey), The Guardian Of Eden (Leslie du Bois), The Converted (C.R. Hindmarch), The Boy & Little Witch (Ben White).
Then I got two free Smashwords downloads offered on My Reading Room – Half-Inch and Monster Story (McCarty Griffin).
On Carina Press I grabbed a free download of Photographs & Phantoms (Cindy Spencer Pape).
And once again I found newly available free eBooks on Christianbook – Griselda Takes Flight (Joyce Magnin Moccero) and Medical Error (Richard L. Mabry MD).
Last but not quite least, there is yet another NetGalley request that rolled in this week, namely Those That Wake (Jesse Karp).
* more about this wonderful book in my IMM and RAK posts which will follow shortly