In the information jungle we live in, it’s hard to make the right choices. This weekly column will help you with that. I won’t be telling you what to read, because you get enough of that already. Instead I’ll be telling you what not to read, because these books are not worth your time.

18949650David Mitchell published yet another endless story that has something to do with time. Doesn’t sound like a must read to me. Reading the synopsis on Goodreads also didn’t do me any good:

“Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.
For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder”

After reading this, I still have no clue what this book is really about. There are a lot of characters and a bunch of shocking events? That’s all? Isn’t that almost every novel out there?

I might be biased as I already tried to read several novels by David Mitchell but never made it past the first 50 pages. It just wasn’t for me. Now, I know that some of you really love Mitchell’s work so If you still really want to read his last book, put it back down now! Continue reading, as some Mitchell lovers have lost all their love for his work after reading The Bone Clocks, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Maybe you didn’t read his work, but only watched the excruciatingly endless movie Cloud Atlas? If you liked it, you might decide to wait for this book to be turned into a movie as well. Well, you don’t have to do that either. I will save you a lot of time waiting for a movie that might not even be made by sharing some reviews that are spoilerific and give away the ending. You can find them here and here. No need to read the book or watch the movie whatsoever.

Now you have time to read the new Hornby novel or one of the migration book picks. You’re welcome!
Written by Charlotte de Heer. Book Club sister #1 with way too little time on her hands.
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Charlotte de Heer is the oldest of the founding sisters. Even though she's too busy for her own good, she'll find the time to write about books she's reading and places she's going.

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