Still Here sounded interesting (I’ll leave a full synopsis below) and I really really wanted to like it. Still Here is very different from any other book that I’ve read before, so I was excited to get started. I put off reading this book for awhile after I received it, simply because I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. But I finally picked this one up.
**I received Still Here from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest book review, all opinions are my own.**
And I read the first chapter, then the next chapter, and the next. I read about 70 pages before I had to stop. It wasn’t that this book wasn’t interesting because it was, but it wasn’t what I was looking for at that moment. As I said before, I liked the idea of this book more than I ended up liking this one. A few years ago when I was reading one of Gretchen Rubin’s books I read something that stuck with me, if she doesn’t enjoy a book, she stops reading it. No regrets, no guilt, just moving on.
I recognize that I’m not going to like every book out there. I also realize that because I love to read, I want to read a lot, and I’d love to be spending the time reading books that I truly enjoy. Still Here was good, but it didn’t do it for me. I tend to read up to page 50-100 if I’m not loving a book before I decide to keep going or not. I’d like to finish this book at some point, but right now just isn’t the right time for me.
Why then, you might ask, am I writing a review? Mainly because I feel like it’s going to be awhile before I get around to reading this book again. I plan on keeping it but saving it for later. When that will be, I’m not sure, but since I received this book from Blogging for Books a few months ago, I felt that I should write my review even though I haven’t finished the book.
A few reasons why I didn’t finish Still Here:
- I just couldn’t get into the story. There was a lot of background information which I felt we could learn more as the story went along
- The beginning was very slow for me and being in a reading slump, I wanted (needed) something that would pull me in quickly.
- I got bored. I didn’t want to, and as I mentioned, I think I’ll actually like this book, now just isn’t the time to read it.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A profound and dazzlingly entertaining novel from the writer Louis Menand calls “Jane Austen with a Russian soul”
In her warm, absorbing and keenly observed new novel, Lara Vapnyar follows the intertwined lives of four immigrants in New York City as they grapple with love and tumult, the challenges of a new home, and the absurdities of the digital age.
Vica, Vadik, Sergey and Regina met in Russia in their school days, but remained in touch and now have very different American lives. Sergey cycles through jobs as an analyst, hoping his idea for an app will finally bring him success. His wife Vica, a medical technician struggling to keep her family afloat, hungers for a better life. Sergey’s former girlfriend Regina, once a famous translator is married to a wealthy startup owner, spends her days at home grieving over a recent loss. Sergey’s best friend Vadik, a programmer ever in search of perfection, keeps trying on different women and different neighborhoods, all while pining for the one who got away.
As Sergey develops his app—calling it “Virtual Grave,” a program to preserve a person’s online presence after death—a formidable debate begins in the group, spurring questions about the changing perception of death in the modern world and the future of our virtual selves. How do our online personas define us in our daily lives, and what will they say about us when we’re gone?
I do hope to finish this book at some point in time, but right now, I’ll be reading a bunch of fantasy novels since they have captured my attention recently! What have you been reading this week?
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