Every now and then I come across a book I do not like whether it is part of a series like Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs or a standalone book like The Girls by Emma Cline. In this post I want to talk about what I do when a book lets me down.
Library of Souls Book Review
First I will start with Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. I loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and I quickly made my way through that book as well as Hollow City. I was captivated by the story and the setting and the pictures added a unique touch. However, when I started reading the hardback of Library of Souls, I did not experience the same effect. Even though Library of Souls picks up where Hollow City ended and follows Jacob and Emma as they rescue their peculiar companions from a guarded fortress, I did not like the story. Some parts of the story were interesting, but for most of the book I felt like I was forcing myself through it, and I ended up putting it down. That was back in 2017. However, I then discovered Libby and saw they had the audiobook of Library of Souls and I decided to give the book a second chance. I actually ended up finishing the book! The book was still slow-paced and it did not help that the narrator talked so slow that I actually had to speed up the audiobook! However, the book did get a little more interesting as the story progressed especially since there were new characters introduced. Since this book was supposed to be the final book of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy (A Map of Days was released in 2018 that follows a new story arc), I did feel like the ending concluded the series well, but I do agree with other reviews that stated it was a convenient ending.
If you have read the first two books of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, I would only recommend continuing the series if you are curious about how the trilogy is concluded.
$14.51 at Book Depository
The Girls Book Review
Now for The Girls by Emma Cline. I have seen other bloggers recommending this book, and I decided to listen to the audiobook on Libby. I did not like this book at all, but I decided to finish it since the other books I had on hold on Libby were not available yet. It took me a whole month to actually finish the audiobook even though it is only 10 hours long! It would normally take me half that time to make my way through an audiobook of the same length. The Girls is set in the 1960s and it follows 14-year-old Evie Boyd who spends her summer with a group of girls who live at the ranch and are devoted to a man named Russell. The book is inspired by the Manson Family and the murder of Sharon Tate, which makes this book interesting, but I felt like nothing actually happened in the story. The murders are not even discussed until near the end of the book. However, the book was a bit interesting since it described how Evie got caught up in the cult and also the rise and fall of the cult. However, the book was overly written and it felt like Cline would use every metaphor imaginable to describe one thing. Also the story switches to the present when Evie is older and reflecting on her time at the ranch, but I felt like the present perspective did not add anything to the story. I also felt like Evie constantly went on tangents that took away from the story and made it harder to listen to. I really do not know what I expected from the ending, but I found the ending less than desirable.
Overall, I would only recommend The Girls if you want to read a re-telling of the Manson Family and the murders from the perspective of one of the girls involved in the cult.
$14.13 at Book Depository
What Can You Do When You Do Not Like a Book?
I believe there are several options you can take when you encounter a book you do not like. You can:
- Put it down and move onto another book
- Pick up the book at a later time and give it a second chance (optional)
- Do not put the book down and finish reading it (not recommended)
Out of these options, I think the best one is to just put the book down and move onto another one. If you would like to give the book a second chance, I recommend reading another book first before going back to it. I do not recommend forcing yourself to finish the book because there are so many books out there that you would probably enjoy a lot more than this one book you do not like.
What do you do when you are reading a book you do not like?