Reading David Mitchell

Last year, I read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell at the suggestion of my boyfriend and I really enjoyed it! However, I liked the movie more. This year, I decided to read The Bone Clocks, also by David Mitchell.

Now that I’ve read two of his books, I’ve noticed a trend. I love the beginnings of the books, I loved the ends of the books, but somewhere in between I get hopelessly lost. Now with Cloud Atlas, it switched up narrators more often and I was definitely a fan of some sections more than others, so it was more of a trend throughout the book than just the beginning and the end. However with The Bone Clocks I ended up skimming a lot of the middle chunk because I was not hooked at all.

I don’t know if it’s just the style of writing that he uses for certain narrators or if it’s the stories themselves but I get so bored reading over half of his novels! I definitely wish it wasn’t like this because I really do enjoy the books in entirety. The stories are so thought provoking and interesting and I love finding out how all the stories connect in the end.

I’m not big on not finishing books, I usually stick it out to the end, and with these reading to the end is worth it because everything tends to pick up once all the middle is out of the way.

I guess this is my way of brining up hard to finish books. What is your criteria for not finishing a book? For me, I usually DNF a book by page 200, sometimes sooner if I just really don’t like the book. My reading tastes have changed pretty drastically in the past few years and I’m also a lot more selective with what I read. I DNF a lot more books than I used to and I’m quick to judge.

I’ll be honest with you all, I’m definitely a person that judges books by their covers. I’ve stopped reading a lot of contemporary because their covers make me cringe. I’m not a fan of mass market books, because of bad covers and I’m very very picky with YA books. I definitely have to be in the right mood to read certain genres, actually make that all genres. If I try to read a book when I’m not ready to read that genre I will not enjoy the book.

So what kinds of books do you guys enjoy reading? I’m a really wide reader, I like anything from contemporary to high fantasy, nonfiction to science fiction and just about everything in between. What keeps you reading a book if it’s not the best and do you guys DNF books at all?

I have a huge stack of books that I got for Christmas/bought myself (I just found out last week that there’s a Half Price Books about 20 minutes away from my house) and I’m super excited to read them! (I also have a box of books that I’m planning on selling to the store as soon as I have a chance to get back there).

Well, my experience with David Mitchell books has been quite interesting. I like the books, but at the same time I don’t. I keep reading them simply because I know there are good chunks that I know I’ll enjoy. Books are weird and I find it interesting that with these books being narrated by multiple characters I feel like that definitely has an influence, some of these narrators are awful! And their storylines aren’t that great either.

Hope you all have a great day.

Sincerely,

Meagan

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2 thoughts on “Reading David Mitchell

  1. I read ‘Number9Dream’ by David Mitchell (and also reviewed it on my blog). I couldn’t put it down, it hooked me all the way through, so I guess I have different preferences to you. But generally I give up on a book if I’m not hooked by around page 50, unless it’s a short book and really easy to get through 🙂

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