Friday 11 August 2017

Friday Books - The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

New resolution - share the book you have been trying to read for the last four weeks. That one that you thought you'd love, but every time you pick it up, you shrug "nah" and reach for something else.  That's the one. Maybe if you share it, someone will inspire you to finish the damn book.

Hello again. It's time for...

BookBeginnings, hosted by Rose City Readerand The Friday 56 - hosted by Freda’s Voice

Both host sites for Friday link ups, where we discover more books, and make friends. Both involve sharing excerpts from a current book - the beginning and - you guessed it - page 56.

You are not going to believe the book I'm struggling with, people....

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Here's My Beginning..

She lived in the graveyard like a tree. At dawn she saw the crows off and  welcomed the bats home. At dusk she did the opposite."

Such a pretty cover (click it for the blurb), such a lovely looking book. And by the author who won the Booker for The God of Small Things. What's wrong with me? 

I did go and list it on Goodreads as "currently reading", didn't I? So it pops up and mocks me everytime I log on. Then it asks me how far I am. Can you feel my pain?

Here's My Page 56

"On his prescription pad Dr Bhagat wrote in tiny, neat handwriting: Patient formerly of outgoing, obedient, jolly-type nature now exhibits disobedient, revolting-type of personality."

I'll ask you, then - What is wrong with me? Why can't I get into this book? Why can't I even really try? Seriously, I need help.

Thank you for listening to my rant.    What are you sharing today? 


Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

Sorry to hear you're struggling with it. I've not attempted so far. I didn't hate The God of Small Things (we read it for uni), but then I didn't adore it either, so I'm in no rush to acquire this new one.

Unknown said...

It actually sounds interesting to me:) I sometimes struggle to start a book. Often, I'm pleasantly surprised by it when I finally do:)

My Friday 56 from The Great Zoo Of China

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

A beautiful but haunting cover. I'm left wondering who she is. Vampire, spirit, someone who spends way to much time hanging around the graveyard. ;-) I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine!

Kathy Martin said...

This doesn't sound like a book I would ever choose. I hope it picks up for you. This week I have Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. Happy reading!

fredamans said...

You have me curious for more! Happy weekend!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I am not convinced that I would enjoy this one, especially if you are struggling. But I love the cover! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE IDENTICALS”

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

Don't chide yourself. Maybe it isn't the right book for now. If you set it aside and come back in a year, it may work then. Please visit my Friday Quotes Page.

Roberta said...

Sometimes it isn't the right time to read a book. I'd always heard great things about Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle, but had it on my shelf for years because I couldn't get past the first few pages. Then I decided to try a few weeks ago. I finished it in one sitting and just loved it. But -- for a couple of reasons-- things had changed since I tried last and it spoke to me as it hadn't before. Maybe this one needs to wait.

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense said...

Absolutely gorgeous excerpt. Thanks for sharing that one. Happy Friday!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Those snippets definitely make me want to know more. :)

Lauren @ Always Me