Road Trip Wednesday #85

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.)

10 thoughts on “Road Trip Wednesday #85

  • Kristin

    I won't lie – your review actually made me want to go check out this book. Personally, I'm a fan of old timey steampunk, haha. 🙂

    • Ley

      I definitely would recommend it to people! Especially fans of steampunk. It's a gorgeous book, it's just not … for me.

  • kat owens

    sounds like an honest and very human response.

    I haven't read this particular book, but I've thought a lot lately that my favorite books OF ALL TIME are almost always in one genre.

    Clearly, that doesn't mean the only good books are in that genre!

    It is such a personal thing, and each of us has our own reasons for clicking with a book.

  • Kaitlin

    It's always hard to put down a book you aren't enjoying. I've had to do this a couple times and it makes me sad. But there are so many books, sometimes you just can't keep slogging through one you don't love.

  • Stephanie

    What a thoughtful review (and such a common experience). I don't know much about steampunk, so I'll be interested in reading your thoughts on the genre.

    • Ley

      That post should be up shortly! I'm more of a cyberpunk enthusiast, so maybe that's my main issue.

  • Miss Cole

    I was thinking of picking this up! I hope it'll work for me.

    Can I just say I *love* your blog design and title? So pretty!

  • Sarah

    It's always so hard for me to admit when a book just isn't for me, and to actually put it down. But what you describe (picking it up, reading a couple paragraphs, finding something else to do instead) is exactly what I have to look for. At that point I just try to think of all the other fabulous books that deserve my attention.

    But this one does still sound interesting—I like when you can recognize something is still good, just not your cup of tea.

    • Ley

      I feel so guilty not being into The Iron Thorn, though I can recognize there's nothing about it as a novel that I dislike. It's just … not my cup of tea, like you said.

  • Ley

    I hope it'll work for you too! And thank you so much! 😀

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