In my post on January 9, 2016, I gave a list of authors that I have avoided reading for one reason or another. So far I have made it through a James Patterson, a Danielle Steele, and a Robert Galbraith without much trouble. Then came April.
For April’s author, I chose Diana Gabaldon. Oh how I wish I hadn’t. I have twice tried to read Outlander. Both times I gave up. I just couldn’t get into it. Since I didn’t want to try again to read an 850 page book that I have given up on twice or listen to the 32 hour and 43 minute audiobook, I decided to try one of Diana Gabaldon’s smaller tomes. I chose to listen to the 9 hour and 24 minute Lord John and the Private Matter. After 1 hour and 4 minutes of listening to Lord John try to get a peek at his niece’s fiance’s schmeckle (yes, I said SCHMECKLE!) to see if he has the pox (aka syphilis), I couldn’t take it any more. I give up. I just can’t do it.
I am not a “you read that tripe?” snooty reader. If you enjoy Outlander and the rest of Diana Gabaldon’s books, I’m glad for you. As for me. I tried but I just can’t…
Thanks for reading.