“It was 5:42 a.m on May Day, 1983, in the West of England, and a sliver of the sun had edged above the ridge. “First line in The Left-Handed Booksellers by Garth Nix
Hi, guys. I hope you’re all doing well. WWW Wednesday a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish?
- What do you think you’ll read next
What did you recently finish?
I finished my biggest disappointment of the year so far, The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix. There were so many things that didn’t work in this, but I think the most critical problems were how the world-building and the character development were handled. The character development was pretty much nonexistent, so I had zero connection to anyone. The world-building was really odd because the first half of the book does have a lot of it, but it funnily enough wasn’t about the stuff we needed to know for the second half to make sense. Generally, the book felt like I’d started watching a fast-paced movie but had skipped the first hour.
I also need to complain about the constant author-name-dropping because I think Nix decided to have this book be about booksellers just so he could mention all his favorite (old) popular authors. All the time. C. S. Lewis was mentioned three times while I lost count of how many times Tolkien popped up for no reason. Just… why?!? Normally, I wouldn’t have a problem with such references but this was excessive.
What are you currently reading?
I’m 58% into Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, and I really don’t know what to think. We follow Eleanor who, because of some unknown psychological trauma and loneliness, is incredibly inept when it comes to socializing. She’s unintentionally rude and so socially awkward. It leads to some funny comments from her because she’s so relentlessly blunt. It has definitely made me laugh out loud a few times. However, her social awkwardness and inappropriateness is also kind of triggering my social anxiety a bit (‘triggering’ is a strong word, but I don’t know what else to call it). I’ve never experienced this when reading before, so I don’t know how to deal with it. But it’s difficult for me to give my thoughts on the book so far because at the moment, everything is connected to me being slightly uncomfortable. I need to see how it ends and then take a few days to mull it over.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m continuing on with The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb, so I’m going to pick up Royal Assassin. I’d actually planned to wait a bit longer but I just can’t.