Do you let yourself leave a book unfinished? Or do you power through to the end no matter how much you aren’t enjoying it?
I recently started reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. It has been on my shelf for years, and I’ve always heard such great things about it. It’s a bestseller, it has won a Pulitzer – very well acclaimed. So I figured I would really enjoy it.
However, I found it had a very slow pace, and there wasn’t a lot happening within the plot to keep me turning the page. With it being a book of almost 800 pages, I really need excitement and to see where the plot is going. I felt this book really lacked a clear plot – somewhere you can see it going and finishing, that keeps you reading because you want to know the resolution. It was feeling more like a chore for me to read, as opposed to being my fun, free time activity.
I have a very hard time walking away from a book, leaving it unfinished. It feels as though I’ve quit, and I hate that feeling. I need to at least feel like I’ve given it enough of a try, to really wait to see if it’s going to pick up or pique my interest. Unfortuntely, I made it over halfway through The Goldfinch, but with 300+ pages still to read, I really didn’t feel like I could do it, especially with having an ever-growing pile of books to be read.
I know a couple of people who feel a similar way to me about this book, and I also know people who have loved it. It just goes to show that it all comes down to the reader, and how we receive the books we’re reading. My sister is going to read it towards the end of the month, and if she tells me the ending is exciting and satisfying, then I may pick it back up. However, for now, it remains a book I Did Not Finish.
If you’ve read The Tattooist of Auschwitz, you know that Morris has a way of drawing you into the life and struggles of one person so intensely, that you feel every joy and injustice as if it were happening to you. This is exactly what she has accomplished again with Cilka’s Journey.
We’re introduced to Cilka in The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and as Heather Morris writes at the end of Cilka’s Journey, she received so many letters wanting to know more. So she put in her research, and spoke with as many people as she could about Cilka’s life. While she didn’t have the luxury of knowing her in person, as she did Lale, the Tattooist of Auschwitz, she was able to find enough information about her from public records from the war to weave together a lose biography that is truly enchanting.
I love reading about strong women, but Cilka is definitely one of the strongest. She gets sent to Auschwitz at just 16, and has to do truly horrendous things to survive. Then, because of those actions, she is sent to another prison once Auschwitz has been liberated.
All the time she is put under such strain and persecution, she seemingly thinks of everyone but herself. She is constantly showing how selfless and generous she is, and her actions helped save countless people from terrible fates. It was a wonder to read about someone so young being such a hero, and still managing to come out of it all as a lovely person.
I can’t get over how much I LOVED this book. Madeline Miller is an amazing author.
The writing style takes you into an amazing world of Ancient Greece and the Trojan War. The characters are people you’ve heard of as Greek heroes, like Achilles and Chiron, and her writing makes it so easy to picture the characters and settings they live within.
I also really liked the unexpected love interest within this story – the entire time I was rooting for this couple, and really enjoyed seeing them grow together as children and accept the love they had. They made it through many trials together, and fought together in the Trojan War. Even through adversity with parents and the people around them, they still stayed with each other and it ended in a beautiful way.
Not only is this a beautiful story, with both love and war, but it is loosely based on real historical figures. You are learning about Ancient Greek people and practices while enjoying a beautiful epoch. The glossary in the back helps you understand the relationships of the characters and the role they played in history.
Overall , I would definitely read this again, probably in the near future, and definitely recommend this as a read. I give this one FIVE BIG FAT STARS! ❤
my name is Laura, I live in Canada with my boyfriend, my dog, my books and my plants. I started a book account on Instragram late this summer, and found a wonderful community of book lovers. I have since then found an absolute joy in reviewing the books I read, and discussing those books with the reading community.
I decided I wanted to expand my instagram into a blog, where I can write more in-depth reviews and add more images.
I’m greatly inspired by my sister, who started her book blog almost a year ago, and has helped me realize the beauty of this community – I have made some genuine friends who share my passion for reading, and have helped me open up! I have come to know a lot of people from around the world, and even work with a few publishers to read and review books before they are released to the general public.
I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you on the great (and not-so great) books that I read from my cozy home library.