The sheer amount of books in my towering TBR pile has made me rethink that policy. So today, I am going to talk about 2 books I abandoned recently. I’d love for someone to convince me it’s worth it to pick them up again!
First off, there is The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee. It is about a girl named Jennifer who is mourning the loss of her older sister Beth and tries to figure out why Beth died using clues found in a box of her sister’s things. Ok, so the premise isn’t that exciting, but Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief and my writing hero gave it an awesome blurb:
“Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished, just to stay near it. The Anatomy of Wings is one of those books.”
I started this one with high hopes which were quickly dashed. The first 20 pages or so are about Beth’s funeral and frankly, it’s tedious. There are far too many character introductions including tons of random cousins and aunties who travelled from afar to attend the event.
The second chapter starts with promise:
“This is the story of Elizabeth Day. I have pieced it together with my own two hands. I have made it from things I saw and things I did not see but later knew. It is made from the tatters of terrible things and the remnants of wonderful things. I have sewn it together before it fades.” (p. 22)
However, by page 50, I still wasn’t engaged and didn’t feel like reading more. So I put it down and started something else.
The Anatomy of Wings came out on Tuesday.
Then there is The Believers by Zoe Heller. I really enjoyed Notes on a Scandal so when I saw that Barnes & Noble was offering this as part of their First Look book club, I signed up immediately. The Believers is about a woman named Audrey who uncovers a secret about her husband Joel after he has a stroke. Both she and her grown children have to come to terms with the “unsettling discovery” during the course of the novel.
The novel starts with a prologue set in 1962 where Audrey meets Joel and agrees to marry him on their first date. Ok.
Fast forward 40 years and Audrey is a bitter woman set in her convictions and combative about everything. After a couple of chapters of her bad attitude, I didn’t really relish more of the same. Not even the “secret” could compel me to read further. I put it down at page 46.
The Believers comes out March 3rd.
Anyone else read these and think I should pick them up again? Or maybe you are struggling with a book or books that you just can't seem to finish?