Earlier this month I received in the mail an Advanced Reader’s Copy of a book called “The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives.” I remembered having seen an ad for this book in Shelf Awareness, but I had no recollection of requesting it. “Oh well,” I thought, “it could very well be interesting. I should at least add it to the list.” So I did. And on Friday, its number came up. It is being released on September 9th, so I thought it was time to read it.
So I started the book. The premise is that 13 women in their 50s and 60s each put in about $1200 to buy the 15+ carat necklace pictured on the cover. And evidently it changes their lives. This is so not my kind of book it isn’t even funny. It is a little chick-lit-y (although it is a memoir, I guess) which is not really to my taste. Plus, I can’t find that I really relate to any of these women, perhaps partly because they’re twice my age, and partly because they have an extra grand lying around with which to buy a diamond necklace. Although I think the biggest problem is that it is just not. my. kind. of. book. – which is why I didn’t request it (I checked, no outgoing email, I guess Random House just thought I might like it, they were sending me a ton of other stuff at the time anyway). The first 50 pages or so were very well written, I just wasn’t interested – although I think some of you might be.
Since this is an ARC and I won’t be reading it, I would like to find someone who would like to read it. Tell me why you would like the book and I’ll either pick the best/most compelling reason or just use a list randomizer, depending on how I feel. All I ask is that you agree to read and review this book sometime in the next few months, because that is what it is out for. I will choose my winner right before I leave work Wednesday afternoon (September 3rd at 5 p.m. Central Time) so I can get the book out by Friday. U.S. only in this case, please. I usually open my contests up worldwide, but I want to get this book sent and received A.S.A.P. since Random House did send it out as an Advance Copy for a review.
In other news, I am actually reading a non-review book right now! Actually I’m reading two books, and ONE of them is not a review book. I find that I sometimes have difficulty picking a new book after something I’m just ‘eh’ about or after abandoning a book. Nothing on my review list seemed to fit my mood, so I decided on something relatively mindless:
Yes, that is correct, I have crawled out from under my rock and am FINALLY reading some Stephanie Meyer. I figured that something written for teens would be fun and engaging and a good mental break – especially as the other book I’m currently reading is one of Shakespeare’s history plays: Henry VI, Part II! I have heard over and over how whiny and smitten and annoying Bella gets after falling in love with Edward, and it is entirely possible I’ll want to kill her, but Meyer’s writing definitely fits the bill for fun and engaging so far. Since I’m engaged in a direct comparison I can say with confidence that ‘Shakespeare it ain’t!’ but I think it is a good choice right now. Plus, I have to see what all the hype, both postitive and negative, is about.
The real news here, though, is that after reading nothing but ARCs and books sent to me for review for 2.5 months, I have actually chosen something from my ever-growing TBR pile. It is a miracle!