Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Break Reading Challenge!!  Day 8! Wow! SO much FUN!
December 16th to January 1st, 2012!

With HUGE thanks to our Sponsors,Edifying and Edgy!

Today we are to, (directly copied and pasted from their site)

Sometimes books can surprise us in a good way and sometimes they can surprise us in a bad way.  A book you might have been waiting to come out for a year could be a total bomb once you finally get to read it and a book you drag your feet about reading can turn out to be the best book ever. Today let's explore those books. Create a blog post featuring a HIT and a MISS.  Come back and link it using the Simply Linked.

Well, for one, I do not want to name the book NOR the author, as in this case it was their first book, their first attempt at writing a fiction novel.  I do NOT want to hurt their feelings, nor give them a bad name, so I am going to forego the title of the book and the author's name.  I will tell you what I did NOT like about the book, without mentioning the previous.  The author is an Indie author, and I DO believe with a little more time, effort, and possibly taking a class or two in writing fiction, this author might be able to make a great second try and learn to excel in their writing.  
I was SO looking forward to reading this one book, as I saw it EVERYWHERE on almost EVERY Blog I went to!  (I NEVER see this book anymore, anywhere, now.)  The title and the cover looked SO inviting, I DID end up getting an invitation to read this book!  YEAH!!!  Well, I started to read the book, as excited as I was, and I HATED IT!  I gave it such a good try.  I really tried and tried, again and again to continue reading this book, and after so long, about half-way through, I tossed it aside.
Why?  The main character did not like the male, secondary character so much that trying to read through her hatred of the man, continuously, was like fingers being scraped across a chalk board.
Every scene that occurred in the book, right in the middle of the scene/occurrence, the author would change the chapter, and continue on with the scene.  Why?  It frustrated me to NO END!  That was THE END of that book!

Well, of course, I think this book WILL win many awards, as it was EXCELLENT!  It has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for SO many weeks!  I have lost track now!  It is,  "The Help" by Marilyn Stockett.  Wonderful book!  Of course, we all know a movie was born from it as well!  I went to see the movie, the FIRST TIME IN OVER 8 YEARS!!  I TRULY and THOROUGHLY ENJOYED BOTH the book, then the movie!

Now I cannot go on without giving an Indie Author my FAVORITE read of the year!  Melissa Foster's "Come Back to Me"!  What a wonderful story!  Melissa Foster can WRITE!  WOW!  From "Chasing Amanda", to "Megan's Way", THIS 'new' book, "Come Back to Me" had me BALLING up a storm!
I 'am' doing an 'official' blog post/tour date for her book on my birthday, January 6th!  Be SURE to come back to my Blog to check it out!
This is a book you CAN'T miss!  You won't want to miss it!!  The story line was AMAZING!  That is all I will say about it now!  Come on back to find out more about it then!  
I do believe this book could make the BEST book of the year!


  1. It is so frustrating when expectations for a good story are just not met, especially when you have said sure I will write a review. I really had to stop and just decide for my own tender feelings, let alone a budding author's, that if I do not like a book, I am not going to write a review for it. Reading is so subjective, I have read some books that have been panned in the reviews and actually loved them and have hated books that were said to just be great. Thanks for sharing today on this interesting topic.

  2. Thanks for coming by Denise!
    You are welcome for my sharing this topic. It IS interesting, isn't it! I LOVE the word you described for reading: subjective! Perfect! I wish I would have mentioned that in what I wrote above because reading is exactly that.
    Hope you come by some more!!
    Merry Christmas!
    Laurie Carlson


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