Monday’s Question

Today’s question is a two-part question.  I hope you will take part and leave your answer in the comment section below.  Have fun!

Question:  What is one book you really didn’t want to read or didn’t think you would like, but ended up loving?  What’s one book you were really looking forward to reading but ended up not liking at all?  Why?

My answer:  Until recently, I have been involved in a book club through my church.   There have been several books chosen that I didn’t think I would like, but that I ended up loving.  One that really comes to mind is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  After reading this book’s description, I just didn’t think it sounded like a story that would interest me.  It sounded a little boring to me.  But it came highly recommended by someone whose taste in books I respect, so that influenced me to read it.  I also started reading reviews on this book on and it was getting very favorable reviews as a whole.  I started reading it and couldn’t put it down.  I loved both the story and the characters.  I was left feeling very glad that I read the book when I had finished.  At some point, I feel sure I will read it again.

The book I read that I had really wanted to read because I had heard SO many good things about it, was The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (also made into a movie that I didn’t go see).   I think I had such high expectations of this book, that it just couldn’t live up to those expectations, and ended up disappointing me in a big way.  This book just didn’t interest me.  The time travel confused me some and I didn’t like the way it jumped back and forth between the present, past, and the future.  It just wasn’t my thing.  There were also some sexual encounters in the book between the main characters and while reading those parts, I felt like I was reading teen porn.  I’m sorry but I just didn’t like anything about this book.  It quickly went into my Goodwill pile.

Gail ♥

About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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4 Responses to Monday’s Question

  1. Lea Jurock says:

    A Book I didn’t think I would like but ended up loving would be Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery. I loved that book. A book I thought I would love but ended up hating would be The Thirteenth Tale by: Diane Setterfield. that book was way too creepy for me.

    • Gail says:

      Thanks for commenting Lea! I haven’t heard of either of the books but looked them up. Emily of New Moon sounds like one I would enjoy.

  2. carolofthebells says:

    Well, there’ve been so many books I wanted to read, some of which were based on others’ recommendations. Surprisingly, I found them disappointing to some degree that simply made me set them aside. I, too, feel like perhaps a voyeur when someone goes too much into a love scene, but if a story line is just too unbelievable, that’ll do it, too. I cannot think of a book I didn’t want to read but found enchanting; probably the closest to that is having picked up a book from a little hallway library in an assisted living facility at which I was working. I had nothing left to read at home, and am not into magazines. I didn’t have real high hopes for “The Photograph” by Penelope Lively, but perhaps it wouldn’t be intolerable. Oh.My.Gosh. I loved it! The characters are still so clear, I feel like I knew them! What a writer!

  3. Gail says:

    I have never heard of “The Photograph” and might have to check it out! I’ve also had some books that came highly recommended by others that I just couldn’t make myself finish.

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