Dreampad - Jeff Latosik | Book Discussion

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Pages: 128
Publication: McClelland & Stewart
Release date: March 27, 2018
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: N/A

This is going to be a bit of a different "review" post, which is why I'm titling this as a discussion. I tend to stray away from reviewing books on my blog when I don't finish the book for the sole purpose of not completing the entire book and I usually leave a short review on Goodreads instead. However, I want to try this out, I think it'll be a good way to include the books I can't get through that are sent to me for review. I'll still be able to give the book enough attention and feature it on my blog in a different tone? Maybe. It already looks like a review but titling this as a discussion makes me feel better about it all. I also don't rate any books I don't complete. If you review books (or not), do you rate books you don't finish? 

Anyway, Dreamland by Jeff Latosik is a collection of poetry that I was really excited about because it's supposed to be poetry focused on the relationship we have with technology but I didn't get that reading it. The poems are wordy and to simply express my feelings to this book, I couldn't relate to any of the poems that I read. Honestly, for the most part, I either didn't understand what I was reading or the relevance of the poems to the theme. I ended up sending a couple of the poems to two of my friends to discuss if it was me and what I was missing or if the poetry collection just wasn't the strongest and, at least in both their opinions, they also didn't really enjoy the types of poems (I asked my friends separately) or find them impactful.

Some of the thoughts that went through my mind were am I (or we, if including the friends I asked for their opinions) not the target audience? Am I too young? Am I not smart enough? Just kidding I don't believe that one. Whatever the case is I decided to not finish it and move on to a book I know I'd really enjoy.

But let me know, if you're a book reviewer in any way do you rate books if you can't get through them? Whatever your answer is I'd love to know the reason why. Years ago when I started using Goodreads someone commented on my review/rating of a book I couldn't finish and I think it scarred me as a young teenager. Now until this day, I leave unfinished books unrated but I still like to add my two cents to why.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review*

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