Welcome again to Novel Mondays!
The novel of the week was The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling.
I was excited to read this book. I started reading it promptly Monday evening, and here we are, a full week later, and I’ve made it an impressive 15% of the way through the book.
Yes, I haven’t even made it a quarter of the way through the book. I tried. I really did try, but I found myself wanting to do anything but read this novel, and that includes sleep, which I normally have problems with.
I don’t feel like it’s a terribly boring book, but somehow I have been struggling. Rowling does utilize a number of lengthy descriptions for mundane things, which make it a bit difficult to keep pushing through. There is a wonderful tone to the novel, and it feels authentic. She’s crafted a town that feels real and characters with real small town attitudes. There are a number of interesting characters, but perhaps the number is higher than my brain is concerned with keeping track of.
All in all, this book is making me feel like a stupid, lazy reader. I’m going to continue with it this week, but I am also going to move forward with Novel Mondays. An update will be added here when I finish the book.
UPDATE (8/09/2014): Finally finished this book. It wrapped up neatly. It really was like reading the day to day life of a small town. Not much to add to my earlier impressions.
So, in moving forward, I’d like to announce this weeks book.
This week’s book will be…
Disturbed by Kevin O’Brien.
This is my first book from Kevin O’Brien. From the summary, it’s about a woman who becomes convinced her family is being watched, perhaps targeted by a killer. I really enjoy thriller novels, so I’m hoping this will be in my wheelhouse.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’ll be back Friday with a food post, and next Monday with a disturbing review. (Ugh, did I really just try that pun? Yes, yes I did.)