lisa's reviews

Reading is the only thing in the world I am good at. A lifetime of reading, fifteen years of working in bookstores, and libraries, and an obsession with the written word makes me qualified enough to talk someone's ear off about books.  Now I am getting more ARCs than I have room for in the house.  Let me get back to reading them!

The Woman Upstairs - Claire Messud I can't quite believe I made it through this book without throwing it aside in disgust, but I did. The whole book annoyed me; the characters, the story, the narration, etc. I kept waiting for the story to begin, but after a hundred pages I realized that there was no story, just some woman whining about her sad life. It was a bit of a let down after I had heard such good things about this book. The thing I kept waiting to happen only happened in the last four pages, and that's where I felt like the book should have started because it was only then that I cared about what might happen next, only then the book was over. I kind of feel like I wasted my time. I should have just put it aside and read something I would enjoy.