Friday, 14 September 2012

Follow Friday

Gain New Blog FollowersFollow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read & Parajunkee. This week's question is:

What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?

I hope nobody is going to hate me for this, but I really thought The Mortal Instruments weren't that amazing. I don't know what I was expecting, but it's not as awesome as some of the fans make it out to be, for me anyways. I do admit I started reading it because Jonathan Rhys Meyers is going to be in the movie and he rocks my world, but after reading the first book I had to ever so slightly force myself to read the others. I reviewed 'City of Bones' quite positively because I hoped perhaps it would slowly pick up in the other books, but I was ever so slightly disappointed. I mean, after the third book I had sort of hoped for a little more knowledge of the setting of the books. I haven't read 'The Infernal Devices', so perhaps that's why I lack more knowledge, but I got really sick of Clary and her inexplicable actions. The entire sibling thing also bothered me, not because I think it's wrong to use; George Lucas did it ages ago and better, but because it felt really contrived. I quite liked Jace and felt he was the only character who was allowed some kind of development, whereas the rest stays the same. I also thought Sebastian's character could've used some work although I liked the idea of him. Perhaps I should read the others too, just to be able to decide at the end whether it was a waste of time or not. 

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 by Freda's Voice. I am going to review this book tomorrow, so I decided to use it for these two memes: 'Franny and Zooey' by J.D. Salinger.
'THOUGH brilliantly sunny, Saturday morning was overcoat weather again, not just topcoat weather, as it had been all week and as everyone had hoped it would stay for the big weekend— the weekend of the Yale game.'
Sometimes it's just one of those days, you look outside and realize you are going to have to bring a coat when you'd rather have left it at home. I quite like Salinger's writing style, I liked 'Catcher in the Rye', but his writing style is a bit long sometimes, as if he wants to make something clear and decides to take 3 pages rather than 1 for it. I mean, there is one scene in the bathroom which takes up a third of the book (admittedly, it's a short book).

"I didn't say good, I said courageous. Let's keep on our toes here, buddy. The morning after it's produced, everybody in the building'll go around slamming each other on the back in an orgy of mutual appreciation."
Zooey, who is a man by the way, is talking about a play he is in. Just like 'Catcher in the Rye', there is a lot of observation and judgement in this novel, again of intellectuals. I like this description though because I do feel a lot of people are very appreciative of what they themselves do. 

So, does this sound like your book? And has a book not lived up to your expectations and its hype?


  1. The Mortal Instruments have been on my TBR since so long! I don't know... Dunno if I should or shouldn't read it now. Hmmm... Let's see!

    Here's my F&FF post.

    Old follower here!


  2. I liked Catcher in the Rye, though never understood what all the hype was about. About 56 Sometimes it is the hope of appreciation that gives us courage to go ahead with our plans.

  3. The Mortal Instruments first books was fun, but - IMHO - a little is lost with each new book... the most recent really dragged. I do like The Infernal Devices though, the first was really interesting and the second was fab...again, IMHO :)
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    Katja @ YA's the Word

  4. I never got into that series myself either. My friend did, I think. But it just didn't appeal to me when I read the cover back and read a review or two.

    Oh well.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  5. I actually still never got around this series although I am planning on soon ;) But thanks for sharing this with us :D Happy Friday!

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    xoxo, Mariam @Book-A-Holic

  6. I actually haven't read J. D. Salinger yet, but that's about to change. I bought The Catcher in the Rye to read during Banned Books Week.

    I may just have to explore his others, too....thanks for the excerpts.


  7. The Mortal Instruments is actually a series I love- well, the first three books, anyway. The fourth and fifth aren't as brilliant but I still enjoyed them :)

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  8. You are not at all alone! I totally agree..didn't like that series at all!

  9. I forgot to mention I am new follower..looking at your blog we have a lot of book interests in common!

  10. I've never read Franny & Zooey. I read The Catcher in the Rye at the insistence of one of my friends in high school (many moons ago) and I'm afraid it didn't do much for me. I enjoyed his short story collection (Nine Stories) a lot more.

    Here's my Friday Memes.

  11. TMI was a fun read but I agree, not earth-shattering good - not as good as they make it out to be!
    My post - FF #1
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  12. Well, I recently read the first 3 books in TMI and... it was a let down for me too, I did like the 3rd book, when the sibling thing was reversed and explained, but I wont read the rest. And I havent read the Infernal Devices either...

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  13. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.
    I haven't read The Mortal Instruments or any of the other books in the series, so I can't give an opinion on them. I have read Franny and Zooey, but it's been years. Maybe I should read that book again. I enjoyed your Beginnings and Friday 56 posts. That's a great word picture of people congratulating themselves.
    Here's my Beginnings/Friday 56 post.

  14. some books are like that ... sometimes the timing for reading is all off!

  15. I haven't read The Mortal Instruments so I'm not in a position to comment. Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the series.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am now returning the favour and following you back.

  16. Old follower.

    I've only ever read the first book, and it will probably stay that way for quite a while... even if there is a ton of hype around these books, *I'm* not feeling it, LOL. Thank you for the really detailed info on it!

  17. Hey,
    Thnx for stopping by my for the FF and ofcourse for the follow.
    Following back. ;)
    Hmm I thinkI might have been of those people how said really good words about the mortal instruments haha. I really liked them But that only shows the difference in all of the people, which I really like.


  18. I have seen several people say they didn't like the 'Mortal Instruments' series..I read one of the books and I didn't like it at all!

  19. Hi!
    This is my second Feature and Follow :-)

    I'm following you now. Here is my post

    Happy blogging!


  20. I haven't read the TMI series yet. It keeps getting pushed lower and lower on my TBR list. Thanks for stopping by my FF this week. I'm following you back via GFC.

  21. Thanks for stopping by.
    Returning the favour.

  22. I haven't heard of that book so I can't offer a comment on it.
    New follower and new to FF.