Posted by: Jeanie F | July 23, 2010

Welcome Blog Hoppers!

Book Blogger Hop

For the uninitiated, every Friday Crazy-for-Books hosts the “Book Blogger Hop, “a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and find new book-related blogs that we may be missing out on.” It’s a great opportunity to learn about and explore book blogs that may be new to you. I’ve found many, many great blogs by participating in The Hop.

To get things rolling, Crazy-for-Books also posts a weekly question. This week’s question is:

TELL US ABOUT THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING.

I’ve just begun The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. When I say “just begun,” I mean that I am literally only on about page 30, so all impressions are very tentative.

The book is billed as a “gothic tale.” If it lives up to the comparisons to Rebecca, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights, I’m prepared to like it. It’s probably not a book I would have selected myself, but it is the current selection for my book club so I’ll give it my best effort. I have a rule of thumb that I will read 100 pages of nearly anything. If I’m not interested by page 101, I move on to the next book. But blogger Books et al posted a comment here saying that this is one of her favorite books, and we share some favorites, so that gives me hope.

If I’m sounding less than enthusiastic, it’s because the small amount I’ve read suffers from one flaw that can sometimes be fatal for me – it seems to be seriously over-written. A sample of this is in the narrator’s description of a letter she has received:

The crisp-cornered envelope, puffed up with its thickly folded contents, was addressed in a hand that must have given the postman a certain amount of trouble. Although the style of the writing was old-fashioned, with its heavily embellished capitals and curly flourishes, my first impression was that it had been written by a child. The letters seemed untrained. Their uneven strokes either faded into nothing or were  heavily etched into the paper. There was no sense of flow in the letters that spelled out my name.

All this, just to say she received a letter addressed in a childish hand.

I’ll honor my commitment to 100 pages and hope that the story compensates for the style. Come back in a week or so to find out!


Responses

  1. Hi, just hopping by to see what is new.

    Happy Friday!!

  2. I had a bad reading year last year, and I literally only read one adult contemporary novel. This was it! I adored The Thirteenth Tale, so I hope you have good luck with it, too. It gets melodramatic at times, but I loved the atmosphere and the bookish bits.

  3. Hopping by to say hello and wish you a wonderful weekend! I listened to the audio version of The Thirteenth Tale last summer and absolutely loved it!!! Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Hello there! Still loving your blog, and stopping by via the blog hop to say hello :]

  5. Hey you, just stopping by on the hop and follow. Have a great weekend. Happy Reading!!!
    See ya!
    Readaholics Anonymous

  6. Hopping by! Hope you have a great weekend! Happy Reading!

    Julie
    My Own Little Corner of the World

  7. Hopping by. Your blog is awesome! I absolutely love the title and the header!

    Happy reading!

    -Shannon
    http://www.storysnoops.com
    http://www.storysnoops.com/blog

  8. Glad to see you are part of the blog hop! Have a great reading weekend!

  9. Glad you are part of the blog hop! Hope you have a wonderful reading weekend!

  10. Visiting from the Hop, I hope you end up enjoying The Thirteenth Tale–I do think that it picks up after the beginning.

  11. Hi-I am returning your hop visit-I read the 13th Tale and posted on it some time ago-I really enjoyed the book and look forward to your review-I am now a follower of your blog

    rereadinglives.blogspot.com

    Mel u

  12. @to all of you who liked 13th Tale – You’ve convinced me, so I’ve gone beyond my 100 page limit. It has pulled me in, I must admit. In fact, I’m finding it hard to put down. I’ll be posting a review soon. Thanks for the encouragement!


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