One of my goals for 2018 was to reinstate Sunday Quotables. So, here we go!
Meh. That pretty much sums up all my thoughts on this book.
I read this for the Read Harder Challenge 2017, and it was definitely that…a challenge.
Maybe it’s just because I read this slow-moving and ponderous novel after reading a LOT of YA and fantasy, which was fast-paced and easy to read, that I didn’t like Shantytown. Somehow though, after reading it, I still have no idea what it was I just read. My brain did not latch on to this story or its characters at all.
I finished this back in July and jotted down the above thoughts in all of two seconds. Then I decided to let it marinate a while before I published a review, thinking maybe with time I would gain some sort of insight into the complexities of the novel. But that didn’t happen. In fact, this novel was incredibly forgettable. I don’t even remember the main character’s name at this point. I still remember a few of the scenes. The author’s descriptive writing was very good, but I have NO idea what the point was.
Not going to recommend it.
Technically it’s Monday; I know. The long weekend has me a bit thrown off, but here’s a Sunday Quotable for you, on this lovely Monday morning. It’s a little snippet from Edna St. Vincent Millay that holds a lot of meaning for me — it’s been a crazy few months.
Here’s to those of us who are always burning our candles at both ends. Cheers!
Some of you guys have been reading for a while now, and some of you are brand new to my blog. Please just know, if you are reading this, I appreciate you.
Someone asked me awhile back why I was doing this? What did I get for it?
This person knew I was under a great deal of stress, and they assumed automatically that something that takes up so much of my time should be lucrative. Believe me, if I could get paid to read novels and write reviews of them, I’d be doing that! But I don’t get paid to do this. I do get copies of books, an item I value over many many others, but that doesn’t pay the bills!
So why do I do this? Why spend so much of my limited time engrossed in novels and anguishing over their reviews? Why? Because I LOVE books, literature, reading, the written word, authors, writers, characters, fictional worlds that I wish so hard were real.
I APPRECIATE the amount of time, effort, blood, sweat, tears, coffee (or tea), and mania that goes into creating these precious works of art.
I think authors, especially indie authors, deserve to have that time and effort recognized.
So what do I get out of it? The joy of finding a new favorite author — one I never would have discovered in a Barnes & Noble. (No offense meant to B&N — love that place!)
What do I get out of it? A myriad of world views that I never would have encountered otherwise.
What do I get out of it? Hope. Yes, you read that right. Hope.
Often times our world can seem so dreary, our options limited, our efforts ineffectual, and we may find ourselves screaming, “What is the point!?” These works, these bound bits of inspiration, represent a tenacity of spirit from people with unfettered creativity and a commendable work ethic. And I find that damn inspiring!
So, I will continue to read their works. And I will read them critically because that is just how I am wired. I will present the world with my opinions on these works and hopefully introduce, at least one person, to a brand new author who will open up a whole new world for them.
Do I sometimes get overwhelmed by this project I’ve taken on? Yes, and I’m going to try to be more honest with myself moving forward about what I can and cannot accomplish in a 24-hour day. I will falter. And I will fail. But I will keep doing this because I love it!
I guess what I’m trying to say is:
I’m back! Check for a brand new review next week!
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JK! I don’t have sponsors. Errrm, carry on!