Daily Archives: August 31, 2011

Half Read Books

Books I picked up and soon regretted.

1. The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate
Source: Publisher


Although the premise of this book was incredibly intriguing (about a young woman dealing with alcoholism in her family in the form of her father and brother), I found the characters to be flat, the plot to be sparse and the narration to be dry. I don’t understand why the author chose to tell stories of the other characters through the daughter’s voice, rather than giving each character his/her own voice and perspective. I read a little more than half of the book before setting it aside and moving on to something else. There was too much background and not enough plot to keep me interested.

2. The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Source: NetGalley

Rules of civility

I actually got into this book when I first started reading it. I read about a good 100+ pages in the first sitting. It’s an e-book, so its downloaded onto the computer. For some reason, I never wanted to pick the book up from where I had left it. Although I am curious to see what happens to the characters, I don’t feel partial towards any of them, and just feel as if they are listless and bored. Not boring, but just bored with their own lives, set in the early 20th Century New York. Towles writes beautifully and this is a good period piece of American history. I just don’t care enough about the characters to want to finish their stories.