Quick post, because I’m really eager to actually participate.
YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday is a weekly prompt for young adult bloggers. They supply a topic, you answer on your own blog and join the ‘blog carnival,’ so to speak.
Click here to see the post for this week, or read on to see my response.
What’s the best book you’ve read this month?
A bit of truth: I didn’t finish any book this month.
I borrowed three books from the library. The first I picked up was The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge, and I made it 60% in (according to Goodreads) before I set it down.
I loved the world, I loved the magic, I loved the technology, I loved the Gothic feel, and the writing was excellent in comparison to a lot of the young adult novels I’ve read as of late — most likely because Caitlin Kittredge has experience, being a writer of adult novels before she delved into young adult — but I couldn’t get into it. Whether because I didn’t like the dialogue or the characters themselves or the slow pace, I’m not sure. Maybe because I don’t like old-timey steampunk — which is, yes, I’m aware, the main kind of steampunk there is.
I tried so hard to finish it! Normally, I read a novel in the span of a week. With The Iron Thorn, I had it on my nightstand for a full month before I gave up. I picked away at it before I went to bed. I picked away at it when I woke up. In the end, I just set it down and walked away to do something else.
In the end, if you are Caitlin Kittredge or a fan of The Iron Thorn, I want you to know something: It’s not you. It’s not your book. It’s me.
(I will write a proper post on why I have such issues with steampunk — it’s just taking me some time to find the right words.)