Musing Mondays – Monday 23rd May


Happy Monday! Here’s another Musing Monday, courtesy of Books and a Beat.

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name a book you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.

Today I’m answering ‘I wish I could read____ but….’ and this is a toughie for me. I’ve interpreted the prompt a little differently than maybe you expect, but I’m going to talk about not enjoying a book (shock!!)

So I wish I could read ‘Find Me’ by Laura van den Berg, but I’m really finding it a struggle. I hate giving up on books and not finishing them, but I’m just finding this such a tough read. I don’t find myself intrigued by the plot or the characters anymore, and I feel like I’m only reading it to get it out of the way.

I don’t think I’ll write a full review of it, either, because that would be super unfair to the author. Maybe I’ll include it in my upcoming summer reads, as I have read about 80% of it. I guess it just wasn’t for me.

Do you have any experience with a book you just couldn’t finish??

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name a book you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.

Interesting question, because I thought to myself, why would you buy a book if you didn’t think you’d like it??

Having said that, I bought Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller, thinking it would just be okay. I bought it for Jodi, not for the plot, because, to be honest, I don’t really like reading Holocaust stories. I find them so sad and demoralising, and in some cases they can be quite repetitive. (An exception to this is, of course, The Book Thief, which is a work of genius).


However, maybe because of Jodi’s skill as a writer, or because of the multi-perspective narrative form her novels take, I found The Storyteller captivating and engaging throughout. It was a fantastic read in the end, and I’m really glad I read it. I remember staying up into the early hours of the morning to finish it – not a good idea as it was the day before New Years Eve!

So let me know your thoughts – have you read The Storyteller? And that closes up Musing Mondays for this week! Check out all the other responses on Books and a Beat’s page!

2 thoughts on “Musing Mondays – Monday 23rd May

    • I get that, but I do think she’s great. I wouldn’t start with The Storyteller, I’d start with one like Nineteen Minutes, The Pact, House Rules or Change of Heart – those are her best in my opinion.


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