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Why is it so difficult to find a good book?

Discussion in 'Book club' started by littlejackhorner, Oct 26, 2019.

  1. littlejackhorner

    littlejackhorner Occasional commenter

    Is it just me or do others find it difficult to find a really good book? I love it when a story really grabs me and I feel empathy with the characters. I cherish moments reading a book like this but also dread it coming to an end. The problem is I have to wade through lots of drivel before finding the perfect book and I also think I am becoming far less tolerant of poor writing. I have just finished " The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes " and thoroughly enjoyed it but am now at a loss. I am picking up and rejecting other books because they don't match up. Is it just me or do others feel like this?Any recommendations out there?
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  2. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I'd say be less demanding of your reading matter. You cant expect every book to entrance you but you can read book reviews and choose things other people have praised. I'm in a book group and read lots of things that aren't really my sort of thing but its really interesting to hear what other people enjoy. Recently I've really enjoyed books by Elif Shafak, Ian McEwan, and Patrick Gale but I just don't expect every book to be as absorbing as some books by these authors are for me. At the moment I'm reading Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark - quite a strange book, and I'm looking forward to finding out what the others think about it. I'm glad I've read it.
  3. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    If in a bookshop, I read the first page to see if the book grabs me. Of course, not all books are so instantly engrossing so if not grabbed immediately, I'll have a flick through a few more pages to see if I want to continue.

    With amazon you can often see a few pages online free, even if you then decide to buy a paper version from an independent bookseller.......

    I spend ages browsing online and lots of time in bookshops.
  4. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    I’ve just finished reading Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran - lovely, easy read with recipes included!
  5. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    One man’s meat .... blah blah blah. I am gobsmacked o_O at what passes for ‘ laudable literature ‘ * these days especially those ‘ten a penny ‘ psychological thrillers with ‘ a twist you ‘ll never see coming ‘ - ha ha ha ! ( *and very dubious recommendations from peers to boot ). Just awful .I am screaming silently ‘who reads / writes this stuff ? ‘ :eek: Maybe you just need to be of a mindset where you win some / lose some :rolleyes:
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  6. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    It s not possible to recommend a book to somebody you don't know with the expectation that they will enjoy it because you have yourself.
    Have you tried using this website (link below)-it functions in many ways. I love to read reviews of books i have already read on it, and i love to hunt down new things, also reading reviews of unseen stuff. I am also a prolific contributor to the review aspect. It is my favourite website of all time; if you like to read, you can spend hours on it-here-

    My main criticism of the site is that if you are new to it, it is not immediately apparent how you can use it. They layout is bitty and the most important functions of it are understated.
    For yourself, you can use it to generate recommendations based on some of the best things you ave read, and then you can read the reviews on those recommendations.

    Interesting challenge-think of a book which does not appear on the site.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2019
  7. littlejackhorner

    littlejackhorner Occasional commenter

    Thanks all for the responses. Yes I know I probably need to be less fussy but when something is badly written I focus on that rather than the underlying story. @sbkrobson thanks for the website. I will have a look.
    Just started the tattooist of Auschwitz and I think that will be a good read.
  8. SayItLikeItIs

    SayItLikeItIs Occasional commenter

    Take a look at some of the reviews of 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens. It's just been released in paperback. I noticed a Waitrose near where I live are selling it.
  9. littlejackhorner

    littlejackhorner Occasional commenter

    I've just bought this as a stocking filler for my Mum. I'm sure she will pass it on when she's finished it!
  10. 576

    576 Established commenter

    I live in South East Asia where bookshops wrap books in plastic.
    Not only can you not read a page to see if you fancy it, you can't even tell the font size.
  11. bookeater

    bookeater Occasional commenter


    Book recommendations are a bit like going out for a meal with a group of friends. One wants Italian, another Indian, another doesn't care as long as its veggie and so on........

    • What books do you prefer... ?
    • Are you open to try new genres...?
    • Are you a kindle user (you can get a preview)?
    • What do you hate ? (No misery books for me life's miserable enough)
    From my personal point of view, I have far too many books to read. Work gets in the way of reading.
    I have been reading outside my usual comfort zone now for about 5 years and you have to

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