Lets set the stage: A novel set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead. A totalitarian society, where women don't have power. Some women are force to be concubines. Sound interesting? Some say yes, but I say no. I never found The Handmaid's Tale to be interesting. Why am I bringing this up? A couple of days I jumped into a Twitter discussion. The topic: 'Books others liked but I didn't." From the posts I read, I was alone in my dislike for The Handmaid's Tale. I didn't read this book by choice, it was assigned to me. I think it was college, but the more I try to remember I think it was my high school Advanced Placement English class. If it was high school, I'm pretty sure I didn't have a taste for dystopian/science fiction novels at 17. Even now I don't have an appreciation for books like that. A little fantasy here and there isn't bad, but I like my books closer to reality. Is it just me? What does everyone else think? What are some widely-praised books that you didn't like? Hmmmmmm????
Notes: A review of The Recipe Club will be coming later today. A review of Based Upon Availability and a recap of an appearance by Alix Strauss will be posted late Friday. Stay tuned!!