There is nothing worse than being in a book rut. When you read book after book IN A ROW and neither of them pull you in and are both just kind of blah. Welcome to the current state of my life. I HATE when this happens. First there was this book. And now…this one. Book rut. The worst. I need to get OUT of this asap! Someone please give me a great book suggestion that you KNOW will save me. I cannot read a 3rd book in a row without finishing.
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A few months ago, I stumbled upon the Indian Trails Public Library’s #givereading table located in a local community building (you can read more about my experience HERE). I loved the idea of the program and was so excited to handpick a book to bring home with me.
After carefully looking though all of the books, I selected this one. I had never heard of it but had heard such great things about Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and this was written by the same author!
Fun fact about me: Since I have been a little girl, I have always been particularly drawn to learning about Indian Culture. I have always found it so beautiful and interesting! So much so that when I was getting married, apparently my bridesmaids even discussed throwing my bachelorette party as an Indian themed event.
So naturally this book JUMPED out at me. I was so excited, it sounded fantastic! All the makings of a great story AND it takes place in India??? Clearly this was the book for me. Done.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni, a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking “good” sister married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life.
On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. After a trip to India with her mother long ago, Rajni vowed never to return. But she’s always been a dutiful daughter, and cannot, even now, refuse her mother’s request. Jezmeen has just been publicly fired from her television job, so the trip to India is a welcome break to help her pick up the pieces of her broken career. Shirina’s in-laws are pushing her to make a pivotal decision about her married life; time away will help her decide whether to meekly obey, or to bravely stand up for herself for the first time.
Arriving in India, these sisters will make unexpected discoveries about themselves, their mother, and their lives—and learn the real story behind the trip Rajni took with their Mother long ago—a momentous journey that resulted in Mum never being able to return to India again.
(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)
2 weeks ago I started to read it. I read until page 133…and called it quits.
I liked it. I did.
The IDEA behind this book is so interesting but the execution was just so…not.
The characters were interesting, their stories were interesting, and the setting was interesting. The problem? Somehow all of these interesting pieces came together and I’m not sure how but…the finished product was actually pretty boring.
The author also kept alluding to situations where things happened in the past but didn’t describe them. Obviously this is a tactic used to keep the reader interested in learning more as the story goes on but instead it just made me frustrated.
The main reason I stopped reading? I found myself never wanting to pick this book up. I was doing everything else during those times when I usually love to read.
When catching up on my dvr suddenly appeals more to me than picking up a book, something isn’t right (although I do love me some Sister Wives and I Am Jazz)…
There are too many books out there to keep reading one that I’m not loving…so…I’m done. Time to move on.
I DO think this book has serious potential to turn itself around…I’m just not willing to stick around to find out.
Which book should I read next to get me out of this book rut??? Comment below!!! I need to read something awesome…thanks in advance 🙂
Did you read this book? What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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