Bored in the woods, raconteur’s something something, just like sadness? Books I didn’t finish
In an effort to be time-sensitive this year (or uh keeping a toddler and baby alive), I am trying to be brutal when it comes to finishing books. If I don’t think it haves what it takes to win it all, I stop reading. I’ll admit that I can be too harsh and am willing to revisit some of these titles… if you can convince me to!
GONE TO THE WOODS: SURVIVING A LOST CHILDHOOD
I love Hatchet as much as anyone, but I just couldn’t get into this title. The descriptions bogged me down, the retrospective narrative was too rambling for me and I was just bored.
THE RACONTEUR’S COMMONPLACE BOOK: A GREENGLASS HOUSE STORY
The multiple perspectives jumped around too much for me and I felt like I needed to reread the other Greenglass house books to understand everything better.
I’ll be honest. This one was way too sad for me, I simply could not handle it.
I thought the characterizations were very strong, but I wasn’t buying into the time travel. I felt like the science fiction took away from the powerful realistic aspects of the novel.
I know this post is negative and I want to reiterate that I am very open to revisiting any and all of these titles, I just need a little convincing.
So, convince me otherwise!
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About Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Emily Mroczek (Bayci) is a freelance children’s librarian in the Chicago suburbs. She served on the 2019 Newbery committee. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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