"" The Relentless Reader: 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7

October 30, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7




Day #7: A Book That's Hard to Read

What can make a book hard to read? Only two things. Poor writing and/or using a language that I don't read. Latin perhaps. 

But I'm going to answer this by talking about a book I found hard to read...until it wasn't. 



There were some pronoun issues when I first started this. I was all wait, what? Who? Huh? But once I got into the groove it was all good. I wouldn't say it was smooth as butter but ya know, it worked. Whatever the issues were Ms Mantel had them all ironed out by the time she wrote Bring Up The Bodies because that was even better.

If you start this one and it's a little slow going, give it a chance. It irons itself out. 



13 comments:

  1. I think it took me 2 months to read this book. I enjoyed it, but it certainly wasn't an easy read. I want to read "Bring up the Bodies," but I'm not quite ready to put that much time into another book just yet!

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    1. Whew, that's a long time to invest in a book! ;) Honest to goodness Bring up the Bodies is a WAY smoother read. I promise!

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  2. I do want to read this one, it's been on the shelf forever, but I am quite scared of it...

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    1. It's worth the struggle ;) Especially if you like historical fiction. Don't be intimidated Suey, go for it! ;)

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  3. I haven't read this but I'm intimidated by the size, plus I'm not into "that kind" of historical fiction. I like my HF a bit more recent. I usually read 100 pages before giving up. Although, the way you describe it, not understanding a lot of it, I'd probably give up after 15 pages or so. Good to read it got better soon!

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    1. I have learned to give up on a book if it isn't to my liking. I used to read to the end, even if I was dying of boredom. This one kept my interest and even though it was tough going at times I'm very glad I finished it. Also, this time period is my fave :)

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  4. I find that it can take me a bit to get into a Jane Austen novel, but then when I do, there's no holding me back and I end up loving it. I haven't read Mantel's book yet, but I do want to.

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    1. Sometimes the slow start is so worth it :)

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  5. I'm going to have to read this at some point, but I will wait until I'm totally ready since it sounds like a difficult read!!!

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    1. I think it helped that I've been reading about this time period and these people for years. It helped me keep things straight. It is tough at first but it's totally worth it :)

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  6. I have the audio sitting on my shelf. This one intimidates me and I've heard the audio helps a bit with the pronoun issue because of the different voices. We'll see. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I'm hoping to get to it soon.

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    1. Oh! See, I never think of audio but that makes perfect sense! I'm really curious about that now! So get to listening, lol.

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  7. I really need to get to both of these one of these days. I own both of them. I'll have to remember that slow starts are good in this case!

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