Let’s Talk Bookish: July 23rd

Hello! Hope you all are doing well as we inch closer to August…I can’t believe that is happening. I feel like it was March a month ago!

…Anyway…

 Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky@EternityBooks and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.


DOES HAVING A POSITIVE MESSAGE AUTOMATICALLY MAKE A BOOK GOOD? (RUKKY)

If you see good representation in a bad story, do you still consider it a good book?

No, I will give credit where it is due, but if there were no good characters, too many plot holes, and a TERRIBLE storyline, I will NOT say that the book was good. I’ll say that the message in it was good, but that was the only worthwhile part.

Are you more lenient with an ‘okay’ book if it has an important message?

I try and rest on the positive in all things, even in my book reviews…so, maybe I will be a LITTLE lenient…but, still, like I said, I try to give credit where it is good. For instance, The Wilderking Trilogy’s message is great for it is allegorical…but the books aren’t really that good. I say that in my reviews even! Okay, the first one was good, but the other two…meh.

How do you deal with a book that you disliked/hated if you think it still has an important theme?

Do you think we should actively recommend books with positive/important messages even if we personally didn’t like the book?


I’m still freaking out that it is getting really close to August…like, what the heck? Do y’all have any thoughts about this topic? Let me know in the comment section! Thanks for reading! God bless!

Ciao.

Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.

Wiz Khalifa

15 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: July 23rd”

  1. How can any love a book without any good characters? I am more of a character-driven person- to love a plot, I have to love the characters. It is their story after all- it can harder to even recognize themes in a book if we aren’t even enjoying it

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    1. I know!! 99.9% of the time I’m the same way. I am very tempted to put the book down if the characters are bad…but the story has to be also be trash. Thanks for reading, Meg!

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      1. When it comes to any story- we have to form an emotional connection to both the characters and plot. If the emotional connection is nonexistent, then the emotions we feel will not matter at all- as in, we will not have a reason to want to feel them

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  2. I agree with you. If the characters and plot are horrible, a book cannot be saved by a good message. And so often, even a good message told in a blatant and unrealistic way makes a book less enjoyable as well.

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  3. A poorly written book is a poorly written book, no matter what the message of the book is supposed to be. For example, I have decided not to read a certain novel because I know that the author misrepresented historical events (and I know this, because I knew someone who was actually involved in these events, and his story contradicts just what I read in the blurb of this book). Although the story of those events is a very important one to tell, I was offended by the concept of this novel because this author has started with a blatently incorrect premise. It is an insult to my former colleague and the memory of his survival and the memories of those who didn’t make it out.

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    1. I’ve never been in such a situation, but that is a perfect representation of what I’m talking about! What book was it that isn’t historically accurate? You should request your colleague write his story! Thanks for reading, Davida!

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      1. Unfortunately, my colleague died several years ago. The book is the new Pam Jenoff novel, about the Jews hiding in the sewers of the Krakow ghetto. My colleague actually LIVED in those sewers as a boy. After the war (where he miraculously survived almost being killed three times), he moved to Israel, but Krakow was always at the back of his mind. He finally decided to move back there and worked to help the Jewish Community in Poland, while trying to help get stolen Jewish properties (like synagogues, businesses, and homes) restored to those who survived and continued to live there.

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