Sunday Salon : On Giving Up, Romance, and other bookish things.
This week, I did something I hadn’t done in a long time : I gave up on a book I really, really wanted to read. Madapple has been on my TBR list since before I started blogging. The story seemed intriguing and the cover had caught my eye; and yet, I just couldn’t get into it.
I tried, tried, and tried again, but I couldn’t get pass the first pages. I read and 10 minutes later, I’m barely a few lines farther in, and my mind just doesn’t register the information. At page 40, I still couldn’t remember the characters names, and that’s when I decided to give up. I don’t know if it’s a good or bad book : it just wasn’t for me. How many tries do you give a book before you give up?
This week was a good reading week : 4 very different books, but most importantly 4 books I enjoyed :
- The Tent, by Margaret Atwood
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
- Never let me go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Obernewtyn, by Isobelle Carmody
I’m not sure what I’ll be reading this week. Surely I’ll finish Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict – maybe today! – and then, as you might have seen in my Booking through Thursday post, I have lots and lots of books to chose from!
On the blogging side, I posted 6 times this week, and 3 of those posts were reviews. I’m doing good with my resolution so far, and I actually chose to post later non-book-review-posts I had planned this week.
As for the things that caught my attention this week, they seem to have a common theme : romance! I am not a romance reader, although I do read one from time to time, and I do enjoy some romance in the books I read. I have never judged the genre : I think we all need “fluffiness” from time to time, and if some people find comfort in these, why not? Isn’t the important thing that they actually read?
- Biblioaddict shared her thoughts in a very interesting post that questions the romance genre : why do we love it, or not? Why is the romance genre so easily snobbed?
- Babbling about books posted on a similar subject too, in a post titled “I am a Scholar, so I can write romance (and not be ridiculed)”. Extremely insightful post on the prejudices we may have on romance authors.
- Finally, SassyMonkey Reads wrote a similar post on judging the readers by the genre they read; although she uses YA as an exemple, the same could be said on romance.
Is there a genre you enjoy reading that other people might judge?
I very rarely read romance, but I definitely enjoy YA. I noticed that YA litterature is often dismissed as “easy” – mostly by people who know nothing of the genre apart from Twilight or Harry Potter. Sure, there is a lot of “fluff” in YA fiction, but same goes in adult fiction. Plus, I feel like teen litterature is really blooming : I see more and more people of all ages reading it, while my favorite bookstore has double its selection of the genre.