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Reading Diary: Monday, 11 February 2019

08.46 – Good morning! I promise I will try and be a bit better blogging this week, plus I really want to catch up with all of your posts as well. Apologies for not really being present lately!

Anyway, I thought I would do a reading blog this Monday. I am 84% into The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on my Kindle. I have to say, so far I am slightly disappointed. Everybody has been raving about this book and it’s good, but not that great! I clearly went in with too high expectations. I do like a good chick lit book, I do like the hate-to-love trope every now and then and overall it is done pretty well, but I just cannot quite get behind these characters for some reason. I simply do not understand why they do what they do sometimes!

I expect to finish The Hating Game this morning. I am also reading Centaur as my non-fiction book. I am about 90 pages into that one. It’s really quite interesting, from a sports and a personal point of view, but it’s a pretty niche book. Declan Murphy was a top jumps jockey in England and broke his skull in a dozen places when he took a fall and a horse behind him ran over him. He was at death’s door, but he survived to ride again. The book is actually written by Ami Rao from Declan’s point of view. So far it is a pretty good read. Declan’s voice is pretty cocky, but nice about it!

Thorne, Sally - The Hating GameAnyway, back to The Hating Game!

12.43 – Well, I finished The Hating Game this morning and posted my thoughts on it. Basically, it was a good read, but I did not think there was anything extraordinary about it. I gave it 5 out of 7 stars in the end. I don’t think it is a book I would read again.

Bardugo, Leigh - Siege and StormThen I pottered about for a bit, cleaned the stables and picked my daughter up from school for lunch. I have just picked up Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo from the shelf to start later. I think I am ready to dive back into that world.

21.04 – I did not read as much I would have liked this afternooon. I read 10 pages of Centaur and 20 pages of Siege and Storm so far, which is pretty disappointing. Oh well! I read Shadow and Bone quite a while ago and it took me a few pages to remember what happened in that one. It is slowly coming back to me as I read though. I hope I will enjoy it.

22.50 – Watched the final episode of The Haunting of Hill House tonight with the hubster. It was weird! Not sure what I thought of that series as a whole. Some episodes were pretty good and others not so much.

I will post this now, before I suddenly go to bed and fall asleep and have it sitting in my drafts to finally be deleted, like so many of my reading diaries before today.

Goodnight, you lovely bookish people!

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: The Hating Game (Sally Thorne)

Thorne, Sally - The Hating Game

★★★★★☆☆

Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre: Fiction / Chick Lit /Romance   Pages: 387
First published: 2016
Edition: Kindle e-book

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

So I finally read the world’s favourite chick lit book. Did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? No, and here’s why.

First, the positives. I do like the hate-to-love trope when it’s well done and in this book it is done pretty well. I thought the office setting was pretty fun and the character felt pretty well developed. They felt pretty real. I liked the contrasts between our two main characters, Josh and Lucy.

I think where it did not quite work for me was the interaction between the two characters. Too many times I rolled my eyes at the dialogue or their actions. It was simply too cringey for me at times. Neither Lucy nor Josh’s behaviour made that much sense to me and that was a little frustrating.

I think for me this book suffered from the hype. I had seen it everywhere getting rave reviews and it set my expectations very high. In all honestly, I did enjoy this book; it was a good time, but it did not blow my mind.

5 out of 7 stars