A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Book 29/30.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I bought this book on a whim for KES 100 (less than USD 1) because I thought the cover was really pretty. Not long after I bought it I came across it on a Goodreads list of 100 books to read by Women of Colour and I felt extremely validated because it being on the list meant I was likely enjoy it. Right?


It has, ironically, taken me 29 days to read the 29th book in my reading challenge and the ONLY reason I am giving this 2 stars instead of 1 is because of Nao’s chapters. They were incredibly interesting to read, full of honesty, humour and heartbreak.

Ruth’s chapters, on the other hand, were SO! SOO!! SOOO!!! BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!! The minute Nao’s chapters ended and we switched to Ruth’s POV:


Ruth, her husband, her friends, her neighbours, even her island with its shitty weather and blackouts that lasted days were all sooo goddamn BORING!!! Fuck!!! All I can say is I am so glad to be done with this and it is highly unlikely I will ever pick up another novel by Ruth Ozeki.

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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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