Blog: Summer Reading

September 21, 2017

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There is something special about summer reading. Sitting back in the porch rocker with a glass of iced tea sweating on the table next to you…heaven!

Now imagine this– you are completely immersed in a book. You cannot put it down. You have totally unplugged yourself from the television, phone, and computer. You deprive yourself of sleep so you can read just one more chapter. And then you get to the last page. And you hate the ending!

I recently found myself in this situation. I wish I’d stopped reading the book about 85% through because it was such a wonderful story, until the end. Has this happened to you? Does it turn you off to that author? Would you still recommend the book to a fellow reader because it was terrific until the last 50 pages? We want to know what you would do or what you did in this circumstance. It would be great to hear what you're reading, too.

P.S. I did start another book by this same author. If it happens again, I’m done with her!

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Yes the ending leaves alot to

Yes the ending leaves alot to be desired on the Nicholas Sparks books, but I keep going back LOL
The latest book that I read and loved was this big coffeetable biography of Diana Vreeland(Fashion editor of Harper's Bazarre and Vogue, also curator of the Fashion Institute at the NY Met. Museum of Art). I think it was titled D V , and it had a red cover.

I often have just the

I often have just the opposite problem. I have to drag myself through the boring beginning of a book, with all the character introductions, before I get to the "meat" of the story. However, sometimes ending are disappointing.

I agree--and relate! I just

I agree--and relate! I just read Jodi Piccoult's book, "Change of Heart," for a summer book club.  The ending was SO lame. (I knew the ending half-way through the book, too.) I'll give her another chance, but she didn't break a sweat on that one. 

I would recommend it once,

I would recommend it once, then give up on a 2nd book! I'm now reading the revised edition of "The Stand" by Steven King. It's a long read, but I'm near the end!

This has happened to me too

This has happened to me too many times to count, if I liked most of the book but not the ending I do recommend it because someone else may love the ending.
You didn't mention the book's title that fell short at the end. For me on of the biggest disappoints was the end of Shogun, I was expecting the epic battle scene that was being built up throughout the book and it never happened, after 1200 plus pages I wanted to tear the book in half.


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