Friday, March 8, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday

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The question for this week is:
What is a book you didn't like that all your friends raved about,
or what book did you love that wasn't popular?

Okay, so please don't hate me for this, but I didn't care for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Having heard nothing but good things about the series, I started it and got about halfway through the first book before I set it aside. It wasn't bad by any means. I just couldn't get into it.

Another book I couldn't get into, which may not count because I love the series like most who have read it, is A Dance With Dragons by G.R.R. Martin. I appreciate gritty and bitter and hopeless, but sadly, Martin is taking some of my favorite characters into "I-can't-stand-you-and-your-story" territory. I couldn't finish the book, though I plan to when the next one comes out (probably four years from now if Martin continues on his current writing schedule).

On the other hand, one of my favorite books that isn't popular and seems to get mixed reviews leaning more toward the don't-like is We The Living by Ayn Rand. Taking place in the U.S.S.R., it's bleak and more character-driven than plot-driven, making it seem slow, depressing, and purposeless, but it's realistic. Something about it affected me profoundly and made me grateful and care more about the country we live in today. A story about communism would do that to anyone, I suppose, though I guess one just has to be in the mood to be slapped with the be-humble hand.

What about you? What books did not live up to the hype or should've gotten more in your opinion?
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  1. Great answer!
    I have yet to read those books, though. >.<

    Thanks for sharing.
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    New follower via GFC! :D

  2. Haven't read any either. Was skeptical about trying the Outlander series despite hearing so many good things.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  3. The only ook I have heard of out of those three is A Dnace with Dragons. The other two look really good though :)
    old follower
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  4. Hopping through. I haven't read the Outlander series. i really want to. I have heard some other people who didn't like it but I know so many who do.
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  5. I totally forgot about Outlander...I didn't like it either. I only made it to the fish tickling, then gave up. O.o

    My FF

  6. I haven't read any of these books, but now I'll have to look them up!
    New follower!
    My F&F

  7. I still haven't read the last in the Martin series... probably because I figure, why bother hurrying to read it when he's not hurrying to write them. That last wait was painful.
    New follower!

  8. I've heard good things about Outlander, it's in my TBR pile.
    I'm an old GFC follower, here's my FF at Rookie Romance

  9. I love your blog! its so pretty :D
    Here is the link to my feature follow; please follow me!:
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