I hate the book. Now what?
Posted October 8, 2010on:
Regular blog readers know by now that a group of my twitta sistas formed a virtual book club called Book Hungry. We each take turns nominating a book, and then review it, blog-fest style, on our blogs on the third Thursday of each month.
This month, we’re tackling Beauty, a retelling of The Beauty and The Beast, by Robin McKinley and I… well, I just blurt it out… I hate it. It’s dull, boring, meandering, and I feel horrible. It’s not often that I don’t like a book that I’ve read and when it does happen, I find myself ill equipped to handle it. I feel arrogant. Who am I? What have I written that gives me the right to so blithely criticize someone’s work?
Argh! I’m not liking myself very much right now. Maybe I need to give it another chance. Maybe I’m missing something.
What advice can you give me for reviewing a book I don’t like?