Serves me right, really. Going on a book buying binge, even a small one, like I did the day before The TBR Double Dog Dare began. And buying two books by an author I’ve never read based on her reviews alone.
Karin Fossum has been getting a lot of praise around the book blog/book review world of late. Her Inspector Sejer mystery series has been compared to whatever big Scandinavian crime series you can think of at the moment. I’ve been on the look-out for a series I can read through for a couple of years now, since I finished all ten of the Martin Beck books by Sjowall and Wahloo.
But it’s not going to be Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer books.
I gave Don’t Look Back a generous 114 pages, that’s five chapters, but I just didn’t care who did it. A dead girl in the woods, carefully blanketed with a warm coat; a town full of secrets; a taciturn detective–that’s usually enough to keep me reading. But this time it was just ‘enough already.’
There’s no way for me to know if it’s the original or the translation, but the writing failed to grip me, the characters failed to gain either my sympathy or my interest, and I just felt like I’d seen it all before as far as the body in the woods and the town full of secrets goes.
Maybe I’ve been reading too much crime fiction lately.
I’ve got this new computer which has been fun. (Insert sarcastic emoticon here.) A couple of weeks ago I dropped my Chromebook once too often, so I went to my local electronics store to look for a new one. Post Christmas there were no Chromebooks and darn few laptops to be found. There was a really cheap laptop, which I bought and then returned three days later. Turns out you really do get what you pay for.
So I bought this one, which has been much better but is still something of an adjustment.
For example. why do computer designers design the keyboards in such a way that setting the palm of your left hand on a random key can accidentally change the zoom making it three sizes too small sometimes and three sizes too big at other times. This is not a design choice I would have made. I would make changing the zoom settings at least as difficult as switching to bold face font is in WordPress.
I’m still training my right pinky to correctly differentiate between the return key and the backspace key. I type very fast, something that impresses my students, but I make mistakes so I end up going backwards about as often as I return.
On the plus side, there was an ant on the screen early last week, that’s not the plus–wait for it–wait for it. When I pressed my finger down on the ant to kill it, I discovered that I have a touch screen. Had I been the salesman, I would have mentioned that, but it was a nice surprise.
I’ve returned the large stack of books I checked out on December 31, but I read enough of The Night Circus to see that I liked it, so I bought it for my Kindle. I’m not sure that I’m going to finish it though. I’ve read about 8% of it– Kindles have percents instead of pages since you can change their font size to suit your eyes. I’m not going to tell you just how big my font size is, not today.
The Night Circus is an entertaining book about two young people raised by magicians who are trained to compete with each other once they are both grown up and good enough. It’s set in late Victorian London. Their magic is real, though no one in their audience is aware that they are watching more than very good tricks.
I found it in the adult section of my library, but I would really characterize it as Young Adult fiction had I been in charge of the marketing.
I like it, but it reads like fan fiction a bit too much for me. Not that I have read much fan fiction but I did read the first 200 pages of Twilight which spawned a lot of fan-fiction and about 20 random pages of 50 Shades of Grey which started out as fan-fiction so I think I have the general idea. I do want to say that I think fan-fiction is wonderful, in theory. That so many people are writing their own version of their favorite story is wonderful.
I don’t have anything against Twilight or Fifty Shade of Grey either, I just wasn’t interested in reading either one all the way through. I will give The Night Circus one hundred pages or 15%, which ever comes first, before I decide.
But after that, I’m sticking with my pre-end-of-year-binge TBR stack. I’m hoping to read two books a week so I can get at least 24 books off of my TBR list by actually reading them before April 1 when The Dare ends.
Did you take the TBR Dare? How have you done with it so far?