Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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Most Overrated Book
This one as soon as I looked at the title I knew exactly what I would put down. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I really just didn't connect with this book, and apparently a lot of people did... enough people, even, that they are making these books into a TV series.
I think I was enjoying it enough until maybe about 2/3rds in when the magic wore to a grinding halt. Let me quote a bit from my (as of yet not posted here) review:
"It's been a while since I actually read it but I remember the feelings of "What?" and "I am pretty sure I could have conveyed the exact same feeling/thing in about 20 less pages" pretty well. ...
One of the things I really hate when reading is a book that goes on and on after what is clearly the climax (my biggest problem with Kite Runner as well). I mean there were some interesting parts that happened after, but since this was already going to be a series, why not just move it over a book and end it with the reader feeling invigorated and not "end already!"
I feel like I am in the minority in the dislike. And going back to some notes I took while reading it, I was enjoying it. But I have this feeling that if I pick up the next books in the series, I will hate myself. "