Posts Tagged Books

Giving-up on a Book

I feel guilty this week because I gave up on a book half-way through.

It’s something I never used to do but as I get older I am gradually doing it more often. And every time I do it I feel bad. I don’t know why I feel bad – it’s not as if the author is breathing down my neck checking that I read every word or that I’m going to be tested on it at a later date.

Maybe it’s because I’m acknowledging that my choice of book was not up to scratch or because I’ve wasted my time getting as far as I did with the book – when I could’ve been reading something better.

I won’t name this book but the jacket is covered with glowing review excerpts from all the major newspapers. So I feel that I should have enjoyed it. Does that mean there’s something wrong with me?

I’ve just had a look at the book’s Amazon reviews, they are all 4 or 5 star except one. That single 2 star review makes me feel better – so at least I’m not alone in being unable to appreciate this book which the Guardian tells me is ‘a real page-turner’ and the Literary Review says is an ‘impressive piece of storytelling’.

How do you deal with books that don’t live up to expectations?

Finally, here are a couple of quotes that I’ve come across. Take them as a confidence booster. Forget all those ‘I’m not good enough’ voices in your head and just sit down and write!

To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong. Joseph Chilton Pearce.

I am the MASTER of my FATE. I am the CAPTAIN of my SOUL. William Ernest Henley.

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Books to be Won!

One of my goals for 2011 is to grow the readership of this blog – it can feel quite lonely sitting here, prattling away and Millennium Trilogy Booksnot knowing if anyone will read it!

I plan to do this in 2 ways:

  • Include information that can be ‘used’ (e.g. markets, competitions and writing tips etc.) in as many posts as possible
  • Hold a prize draw 

 The draw prize is the 3 best-selling books in the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. If you’ve already enjoyed these novels about Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, then they’d make a great gift for a book-loving friend.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is use the box to the right of this page to sign-up for email updates. This means that each post on my blog will be sent directly to your inbox. You can un-subscribe at any time (although I hope you won’t!).

Simply enter your email address at the Email Subscription heading to the right of this post. You will receive a confirmation email asking you to confirm your subscription and then, hey presto!, you’re done.

Everybody on the subscription list on Friday 4th February will be entered into the draw – including those of you that already subscribe. I will contact the winner via email and when he/she has confirmed their name and address, I will announce the result here. I will also give a plug to the winner’s blog, book or anything else (writing related) they wish to publicise.

Please note the books can only be posted to UK addresses (excluding the Channel Islands).

N.B. If you prefer to manage your blogs via RSS Feed you can still enter the draw. Just add this blog to your feed, contact me via the form on my ‘About’ page and I will enter you into the draw.

Another couple of things I’ve thought of since originally posting this:

  • If I can’t get hold of the winner within 14 days of the draw taking place then I reserve the right to re-draw (so let me know in advance via the contact form on my ‘About’ page if you’re going away).
  • If your confirmation email isn’t coming through – check your spam folder in case it’s hiding there 

Best of Luck!

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