Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Come Back Later: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Source: publisher (Scribner)

Great book, wrong time. As I received my ARC from the publisher (either in a giveaway or for review, through Shelf Awareness), I feel like I need to write something about this novel, though I haven't finished it. Yet.

Reasons for not continuing reading:
1. School - I have, at most, an hour a day to read, and this comes late at night. Sometimes it's hard to justify reading for pleasure rather than doing homework.
2. Interest - The Dovekeepers isn't boring, but when I have limited time to read, an exciting book is going to get me to read more than a less-exciting book.
3. Literary-ness and reading time - In one week I managed to read less than 200 pages of a 500-page book, and I haven't even cracked the cover this week. Hoffman's writing is great, but it's literary, so it takes me longer to read it. Not good when I don't have much time to read.

As soon as school lets up some, I will go right back to reading this. As I've already mentioned, Hoffman is an awesome writer, and I love the blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and Jewish beliefs. I love how Hoffman incorporates said Jewish beliefs into a novel without making it seem like most religious-associated fiction - trying to preach to you. The stories Hoffman is telling are amazing and interesting, but at this point it's going to take me at least a month to finish the book, and it deserves way more than just 2% of my attention.

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