01 July 2010

Booking Through Thursday: Disappointment

Name a book or author that you truly wanted to love but left you disappointed. (And, of course, explain why.)

I wanted to love The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. I read a feature on it in the paper and thought it sounded fabulous. I waited ages to get my hands on a copy from the library, during which time I cast many wistful glances at the shiny new copies in the bookstores. Finally I borrowed it, and if you actually could judge a book by its cover it should have been wonderful. I couldn’t wait to curl up and enjoy it.

Several days later, I was thoroughly fed up by spending so much time with such unpleasant characters. I hardly liked any of them! Big historical novels are the sort of book I usually love but the people in this one ruined it for me.

My review of the disappointing book is here.


  1. That is so sad. Luckily I haven't had that experience in awhile.

    Here is my Booking Through Thursday.

  2. I know how you feel. I have had a few bad experiences with books that just were not my type of reading.

  3. I bought this one for $2 from a used bin so I will still give it a chance at some point but I will go into it prepared to dislike the characters. :)

  4. I like historical novels when they are fact more than romance, you have me curious about this one so now I will have to check it out!!!


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