Today is the first post for Recommend It Monday. Last week, several people gave me a bunch of authors to read. I made my list, headed to the library, and started reading. Today’s post will be a bit unusual (I hope) because the author I chose was Christopher Moore and his book Love Bites. I couldn’t get through it.
Now, this isn’t to say that there were no redeeming qualities about the writing style. There were a couple of times I found something clever or something make me chortle. The narrator was a teen girl, Abby Normal, and the writing made me feel like it really was a teen girl. And therein lies my issue with it. Its nonstop teen-ness. For some folks, that may not be an issue, especially if the person is a teen reader. I am not a teen person, though. I wasn’t a fan of teens when I was one, and I found myself wanting to smack my 13 year old son just on principle. I did not smack my son, nor would I. I’m just saying.
I only got about three chapters in, so I don’t know how the story progresses. Moore’s book Lamb was recommended to me as one of his great books, so I will be checking into that eventually. I’m currently torn between forcing myself to finish it and abandoning it entirely. Reading is one of my pleasures, but if the reading isn’t fun then there isn’t much point. I will probably abandon it.
Instead, I picked up Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb. This is not a recommended author, but I love her work and I adore this series. If you have not read her, do it. The first book is Naked in Death. If you didn’t know, J.D. Robb is a pen name for author Nora Roberts. The “in Death” series is my favorite of her work, but no matter which name she’s writing under, you’re bound to get a great story. I read half of my book the first night I started reading it and I can’t wait to get the free time available to finish it.