Is it me?

Others Love Them More

I usually use this space to tell you about all the books I've loved. Today I'm going a different route. I just finished Gone Girl for my mystery book group and I'm not a fan. (We're meeting at South Madison this afternoon so I hope none of the group will read this before then.) The book is technically everything it should be but after plowing through the emotionally difficult journey the author created, I got to the end and was not happy with the resolution. Which aggravated me. And made me think about those books we read that others loved that just didn't work. So I asked some of my colleagues. What are the books that had you scratching your head and wondering what you missed?

For Barb T. the recent book that frustrated her was My Mother was Nuts by Penny Marshall. According to Barb "the prologue was the best part" and lured her into a book that became too self-agrandizing.

Mary K. agrees with me on Gone Girl but was also recently put off by Susan Elizabeth Phillips new romance The Great Escape. She's like other Phillips' books in the past but this one didn't match those and when she sent in her review her editor was surprised because so many others are liking it. 

Liz struggled with Lorrie Moore's A Gate at the Stairs. Even though this book was on many of the "Best Book" lists of 2009, Liz couldn't get much beyond page 50.

Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton wasn't one for Molly. Her review, and I quote, "blech". But I do give her props for sticking with the 50 Shades trilogy even though she wasn't loving it.

An oldie but not a goodie for Cindy was Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love.

Katie H. thought Ian Fleming's classic Casino Royale was awful - though she did think it had "the best description of a lovingly boiled egg that I've ever read". (Hey, that would probably make it worth it for me right there.)

Jaime couldn't get into The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at all. She also said she and her book group struggled with critical darling Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. She thinks the problem might be that the satire just didn't do it for them.

There's an old saying in the library world "every book its reader" and this list proves how true that is. How about you? What's that book that was beloved by all (most) but a wallbanger for you? Here's your chance to tell all.


So I mentioned Gone Girl as being the book others loved, me less so because I thought it was technically/intellectually very good but the ending left me so aggravated (we're talking wall-banging aggravation here). But after discussing the book with my mystery book group - several of whom were also frustrated - I've come to appreciate what the author was doing even more. So though I'm still emotionally unsatisfied by the ending, I do sincerely appreciate what she was doing. And I came away from the book discussion liking the book a lot more then I thought I had.