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Books and Reading Wednesday: Books on my Bookshelf

I struggled to write my mid-October review this month, though I will try again and maybe put it up middle of next month. But for now, have another post from my new series, Books on my Bookshelf ๐Ÿ˜€

(Books on my Bookshelf is not a review, just my personal memories and feelings on the books I own).

The book this time is Odalisque by Fiona McIntosh.


I wasn’t given this book and I didn’t buy it, it was a book that was in one of the bookcases in the house and I was looking for something different so picked it up, now it sits in my bookcase ๐Ÿ˜€

I have to be honest and say itโ€™s not a book I remember fondly. I didnโ€™t really enjoy it and what I most definitely remember is that it was a slog to get through!

Itโ€™s a book I read a few years ago, when I was trying to better my reading habits. Mostly I think I lay in bed, glancing at the clock and hoping my one hour reading slot was nearly over as I read it. I did finish it, but only because I forced myself to.

There is one scene particularly that I remember from the book, and is the main memory I have of it (SPOILERS for those who plan to read it or are reading it).

It was a scene where the mother of the new king (emperor, tsar? I canโ€™t remember), takes the sons of the other women in the harem and lures them outside saying they are going to play. She makes them all crawl into red velvet bags and then has elephants trample all over them.

Now, Iโ€™m sure this wasnโ€™t all that uncommon in reality in ancient times (killing of rivals, etc), but still, itโ€™s a scene that stuck out to me and not for good reasons.

There was also another very detailed, gruesome scene about a man becoming a eunuch. Not so nice.

Though I have to say, I didnโ€™t realise there were different types of eunuchs, so it taught me something! ๐Ÿ˜€

Overall, itโ€™s not a book that has me remembering much, I actually donโ€™t even remember what the story was about.

This is just my opinion! Iโ€™m sure there are loads of people who loved it and thatโ€™s great too!

Random quote: โ€˜Seeing his friend so broken had sickened him sufficiently that when he had strode from the balcony he had actually lost his morningโ€™s meal into the bushes not far from his chambers.โ€™ (Hm, lovely!)

Favourite thing about the book: The setting. I did love the setting, the deserts and the kind of Persian/Arabian feel it had to it.

Least favourite thing: Unnecessary detail. Felt like a lot of it was in there just to gross people out.

Something I took away from the book: Not every story suits everyone, even if you enjoy the genre!

So there you have it, another book from my bookshelf!

Do you have a book that you don’t remember fondly? Have you ever forced yourself to finish a book you weren’t enjoying?

Progress Report:

Status of sixth manuscript: Writing first draft.
Word count: 2503 (Total word count: 26,006).

Books read: 2/4.

End of October Indie Review: Reading.

13 thoughts on “Books and Reading Wednesday: Books on my Bookshelf

  1. …. I genearally don’t force finish read a blook. If it has not captured me by the first few chapters I put it down…

  2. An interesting post. I might have to find that book and check it out.

    As far as a book I don’t remember fondly… hmmm… I’d have to say HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad. It was about how man might react if the laws of man were discarded, and it touched on a few truths too close to home in my opinion.

    • It’s good to be honest, and I don’t enjoy every book. Though I always feel horrible saying I don’t enjoy a book, I’m not sure why ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you so much for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’ve never heard of this book. From what you’ve said, it certainly seems graphic. I don’t think I’m likely to read it, but it was interesting to get your thoughts on it and understand what I would be letting myself in for! I like that you shared what you learnt from reading the book. We all have those we struggle to get through.

    • I find it harder to recall memories about books I didn’t enjoy reading! The books I love, I remember exactly where I read them and where I got them. I tend to forget that with books I didn’t like, but they are still memories I try to recall! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you so much for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hmmm… I was just thinking how interesting it looked from the cover… and then I read what you said! Just goes to show that you really should never judge a book by its cover lol!

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