2 Mini(ish) Reviews

Today, I’m coming to you with mini reviews of 2 books I’ve read over the last couple of months but just never reviewed. Sometimes, I don’t really feel like making a full review so this post takes care of that problem! Maybe I’ll do these more often! Let’s get into it. 


never let me go

Title: Never Let Me Go
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Published: April 5th, 2005
Genre: Adult Fiction
Rating: 3/5 stars

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I’d been hearing great things about this book -and the author- for such a long time! And then I finally decided to read it after lending it from the library. I don’t know guys, don’t kill me, but I didn’t really enjoy reading this one. I was interested enough to finish reading but it was far from a five star read for me. 

I’ll just quickly go through the things that prevented me from loving/liking this book. Firstly, I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters at all. I think that’s because of the way the story was told. Even though we are reading through Kathy’s perspective, I felt emotionless while I read. I didn’t care about any of the characters -and I felt like Kathy didn’t care about anything either right up until the end. Another part I didn’t like were the time perspectives. One moment you’re reading about Kathy as an adult, then she is 9, then 16, then 5 and it was just SO CONFUSING. It just drew me out of the story every time -if you understand what I mean. Lastly, I saw the end coming. I just felt like there was no point to this… 

I’m sorry to all the people that love this book. I really wish I would have loved it too. Maybe I missed something while reading it? I don’t know. Maybe someday I’ll reread it and fall in love.

★★★


outlander

Title: Outlander
Series: Outlander #1
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Published: 1991 by Bantam Dell
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
Rating: 4/5 stars

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I read this book in March along with Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense for a read-a-long we did. It as so much fun! I really enjoyed being able to talk about this book as I was reading it.

I really did enjoy this book -hence the 4 stars I gave it. However, I do think that this book is sometimes promoted wrongly. Let’s be honest and say that this is just an adult romance book -the time travel is kind of pushed to the side. It focuses a lot more on the romance. Not that there is anything wrong with that at all! You just have to know what to expect. 

What did I enjoy about this book? A lot. First off, the setting. I mean, all I want to do now is travel through the Highlands with a backpack -and I don’t think of myself as a backpacking kind of person. I liked the characters as well -hello Jamie Fraser! And of course, the storyline. This book is quite long so the story encompasses quite an amount of time and happenings, but I didn’t really feel bored. There was always something catching my interest, whether it was a place, a new character or an exciting twist.

What didn’t I like as much? The first 50 pages were a bit hard for me to get through. I felt like nothing was happening and I was just sitting there waiting for the time travel to happen. Once that did though, it really took off for me. The other aspect of the book I had a bit of trouble with it the obvious culture differences between the 1700s and our modern age. Women are viewed as incapable of doing anything -unless they are a witch and therefore killed- and are treated despicably sometimes. There were certain scenes where I was SO ANGRY at Jamie and I couldn’t understand why Claire would forgive him. But then again, that is what happened in that time so I guess that just makes the book more authentic? 

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I would say though if you are younger and uncomfortable with sex scenes and graphic descriptions -of anything- then this is definitely not a book for you.

★★★★

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5 thoughts on “2 Mini(ish) Reviews

  1. That’s a shame that Never Let Me Go didn’t resonate with you. Ishiguro is certainly an acquired taste, and not for the fan of linear structure and reliable narrators. At least you tried it!

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