(Books on my Bookshelf is not a review, just my personal thoughts, feelings, and memories on the books I own).
Another book for this series 😀
This week I have chosen, Magic Kingdom for Sale- Sold! By Terry Brooks.
I actually didn’t realise this was the first book in a series until recently, so I might have to g check out the rest.
I got this book for free because someone I knew quite a few years ago was having a big turn out, and I saw this in his pile of ‘rubbish’ and it caught my interest.
Not only because the title looked great fun, but because of how well read it looked! I figured any book that looked like it had been opened over and over again had to be a good read.
So he let me have it, and it sat on my bookshelf for a couple of years longer until I finally got around to it.
One of my main memories of this book is that it was a major slog to get through the first few chapters. I mean, seriously a slog. It probably wasn’t like that for a lot of people, but I’m not very good with books that don’t start the story or action within a couple of chapters. I lose interest with all the scene setting and background setting.
I get that it has to be done sometimes, especially in series, but it didn’t help that the main character’s background that was being set up was really rather depressing!
But, I managed to churn my way through the chapters and I’m glad I stuck with it! It was a great read, and was packed with a great deal of fun as the cover and title hinted at.
I also have to say it’s one of those books that really inspired me to want to write my own books. I love those stories where someone goes from a hum-drum life and is thrown into a new world of adventure and excitement (that also might have something to do with all the fairytales my mum read me as a kid, it really spurred my imagination!).
Those books where an ordinary person is thrown into another world just is such a great parllel to readers.
You pick up a book and, as the reader, you’re like the character being thrown into this whole new world and story to enjoy. And sometimes it can be just as confusing, but also incredible!
But that’s what books do and why we read them, right? To let ourselves be taken somewhere else for a few hours, away from the hum-drum of everyday life.
So, yeah, it was a book that I definitely remember for the slow start, but also the incredible adventure that lay beyond it.
Random quote: “Ben grimaced. Wonderful. Just tap the red shoes together three times and repeat, ‘There’s no place like home.’ Off he would go, back to Kansas. Just wonderful.”
Favourite thing about the book: The story of the ordinary being thrown into the extraordinary. It was definitely one that got my imagination and creativeness pumping!
Least favourite thing: The incredibly slow start. My word. Ugh.
Something I took away from the book: That I shouldn’t be afraid to write the story I want to, even if it seems outlandish. You just got to write it!
Have you read any books with a slow start but a great story? Do you enjoy these kind of fish out of water tales?
Status of sixth manuscript: A bit up in the air!
Word count: … Don’t ask.
Books read towards goal: 1/50
Currently reading: The Creative Writing Workbook by Matthew Branton.