Good Monday morning everyone! I had to work on Saturday so it doesn’t feel like I had much of a break, but I’ve got a nice long 4 day week-end coming up and I can’t wait! Before that I have to get through year-end at work, and I think I’m in for a few pretty crazy days so it may be a little quiet around here until things get back to normal. We’ll still have The Lovely Bones Audio Book Giveaway and our March Book Club discussion of The Last Song going on though!
Like many avid readers, I have a fairly large TBR (to be read) pile since I’m unable to read at a pace that matches my book buying appetite. One of the books I have waiting for me is Noble Intentions, a historical romance by Katie MacAlister. Now, I’m not really a fan of historical romances, but believe I should like this book for two reasons. 1) It was a gift from my WAGB blogging partner Rae. Rae’s given me many books over the years and I’ve loved every one of them. And 2) It’s written by an author I really like. So, genre aside, Noble Intentions has the makings of a book I’ll enjoy. Except I’ve tried to read the book 3 times now, and I just can’t get into it. Granted, I often start a book only to find that I’m not feeling it, but will then finish and enjoy the same book at another time. (It took me three times to finally get going on Watership Down, which I adored.)
But I think the problem I’m having with this one is the historical aspect. I’m only understanding about half of what the characters are talking about, so I’m unable to really get into the story. I don’t doubt that if I were knowledgabele in the strange dialogue of the days of yore, this would be a tale that would have me LOL (Rae said it’s funny) and that I couldn’t put down. But it seems that whenever I read “Set in insert historical date here” in a book description, I immediately loose interest. I haven’t yet given up on Noble Intentions, but I do worry about our ability to connect.
I don’t mean to be a Genre Avoider. Ideally I’d like to be a lover of all books equally, one who can enjoy something from every genre. I’m sure there are many talented historical fiction writers and many wonderful historical fiction books out there, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to read them.
So, what about you? Are there any genres that you avoid? A type of book that no matter how hard you try you just can get into? Alternatively, have you ever thought you weren’t into a certain genre only to be won over by a wonderful book? If so, let us know which one!