Hello my lovelies! 🙂
Today is my blog tour stop for While You Were Reading by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus. Keep reading for all the details of this new piece of Aussie fiction as well as my review. Be sure to check out the other participants stops through to July 12th! And thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review!
Title: While You Were Reading
Author: Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus.
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Publication date: July 1st 2019
Synopsis from Simon & Schuster Australia:
Words are messy. Love is messier.
A hilarious, insightful new novel from the creators of Books on the Rail
Meet Beatrix Babbage – 29-year-old dog-earer of books and accidental destroyer of weddings.
After ruining her best friend’s nuptials, Bea relocates to the other side of the country in search of a fresh start, including meeting new people, living life to the fullest and finally pulling off balayage.
But after a few months, life is more stagnant than ever. Bea’s job is dead-end. Her romantic life? Non-existent. And her only friends are her books, her barista and her cleaning lady.
Then Bea stumbles across a second-hand novel, inscribed with notes. Besotted with the poetic inscriptions, Bea is determined to find the author … and along the way, she finds herself entangled in one hell of a love quadrangle.
Funny, poignant and insightful, While You Were Reading reveals that there’s no such thing as perfection, the value of true friendship and, most importantly, the power of not living in fiction, but still reading it … Often.
A love story for book lovers that celebrates much more than romance.
I was excited to receive this book and was expecting to really enjoy it, given that I have been really into romances lately and I knew it centred around a book and a love for reading and all things bookish. However, I am sad to say this was not completely the case for me.
This book actually took a fairly long time to really hook me. In fact, I was feeling a bit meh about the whole thing until about chapter 19. Really the only things that kept me going were some of the book references and the character Dino. Seriously Dino is the best character in this book hands down. Apart from that for the first 19 chapters I disliked many of the characters, they weren’t relatable or likeable or were just annoying. Even the main character Bea while having some traits and moments where I liked her and could relate to her, also annoyed the crap out of me and came across pretty childish half the time. I also felt that cramming so many bookish references and things such as bookstagram came across a little try hard to start with.
However, after those first 19 chapters things really got a lot more interesting. I started to like Bea a little more, I think she grew up a lot and had major character growth which allowed me to relate to her more. There was a bunch of plot developments and drama that changed the pace and drew me in. And the idea of the use of bookish references and bookstagram, writing, publishing etc. felt a lot less forced and actually really added to the story and had my bookish fan-girl squealing.
In conclusion I am rating While you were reading a solid three out of five stars. It really was half and half for me. The beginning was a struggle but by the end I rather enjoyed reading about these eccentric characters and enjoyed the journey they had been on.
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Have you read this one yet? What about The Book Ninja? Do you enjoy books where characters have the same hobbies as you? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading!