Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Friday, January 21, 2011

Slaughterhouse-Five- Kurt Vonnegut

Purchase:  Amazon | Chapters
Published:  1969
Pages:  215
ISBN:  9780440180296
Genre:  Satire/Sci-Fi

Start Date:  Jan. 19, 2011
Finished Date:  Jan. 21, 2011 (DNF, 53 pages in)

Where Found:  Chapters-Indigo
Why Read:  On TBR list

Read For:  Back to the Classics Challenge & What's in a Name 4 Challenge (will be changing titles)


I won't go into much detail here because it's difficult to explain but I simply had enough of the book by Chapter 3.  I liked the previous pages and the stream-of-consciousness type style, but once the story became about Billy, I just lost interest.  It's not a confusing or difficult read, and I don't find anything about it offensive or antagonistic, but in this case, it's simply a matter of taste.  I don't dislike the book, but it's just not for me.  I'm not much for books about war.

As for its double entry in my 2011 challenges (ouch, it's too bad that it had to be this book that has to go), which of course no longer counts in my challenge totals, I will be replacing this with these books:

Back to the Classics Challenge--Banned Book:
Cujo by Stephen King (overlaps with Stephen King challenge)

What's in a Name 4 Challenge--Book With a Number:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Rank:  (DNF)- Did Not Finish, Don't Recommend


  1. I didn't really like this book either. Something about it just didn't work for me. Oh well. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

    -Emily @ Reading While Female

  2. Oh that's too bad that it didn't suit you! I was so fascinated with his writing style that I wanted it to go on forever.

  3. I've wondered aobut this book, and it is on my wish list. I think I'll push it back a few spaces! Thanks!

  4. I am sorry this one didn't work for you. Usually when I give up on a book it is often because I'm bored with it and just don't care what happens next. I just don't see wasting my time on a book that becomes a chore to read, you know?

    Hopefully your substitution books will be more enjoyable! I really liked Fahrenheit 451 when I read it.

  5. Emily~ Ditto :)

    Melody~ I know...Before I gave up on it, I remembered that you reviewed this recently & I reread your take on it to see if I should keep going. Tough decision, but see Literary Feline's comment for my bottom line.

    Sharon~ Well, it's just my opinion. See Melody's review @ Fingers & Prose. She gave it 5/5. It's a love it or hate it kind of book in the blogosphere.

    Literary Feline~ I am too. I completely agree & have the same bottom line for myself. All of my DNFs were due to boredom or complete dislike. I'm also excited to read Fahrenheit 451!

  6. This has been on my lifelong reading list for many years but I have a hard time picking it up. I've started it a few times and then always peter out. It's one of those books that you feel you have to read, but then you ask yourself, why? LOL.

  7. Ti~ He he...I had a similar trepidation about the book, and re-read Melody @ Finger & Prose's review of it, then dipped back into it & finally had to stop, basically because it was not working for me. Sad but unfortunately it happens from time to time.

  8. I believe Slaughterhouse five is a novel geared towards a older audience, with a better comprehension level that that of someone who has not yet entered high school. I think high school is the youngest a reader should be because the constant jumping text is hard to follow at times. Actually, the way it's written sometimes reminded me of flipping through the channels on the television, and watching each channel for one or two minutes at a time. I believe the title is poorly chosen based on the fact that the slaughterhouse plays a minor role in the story. If it were up to me I would probably name the book along the lines of The adventures of Huckleberry fin, but incorporate Billy Pilgrim. I believe this because the entire book is told about Billy's life, and not so much about a slaughterhouse