Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
WHEN YOU DON’T *QUITE* GET IT
You may or may not know this — but when Chaya and I don’t like a book that we’ve read or been sent, we generally just don’t post about it. We fully appreciate that reading is hugely subjective — and whilst of course there are those books that are held dear by many, there may be others who simply haven’t enjoyed those same stories.
Where The Crawdads Sing was published in 2018 and has sold over four million copies worldwide. I got myself a hardback on the day it came out because there was hype right from the get go. And do not get me wrong here — I did enjoy it (if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be posting about it). But, in all honesty, I’ve never got the hype. This is the book that I am so often asked about — did I love it, I surely loved it, how could I not love it. But the fact is, I didn’t. It’s just never been one of those books that, after reading, has stayed with me. That I’ve picked up to flick back through. And I’ve always felt a little — I don’t know, almost part guilty, part embarrassed — for saying that.
But there you go, I’ve gone and done it now. So consider this a little bit of a cathartic post for me. And, all this being said, I’m most definitely going to be seeing the movie set for release in the summer of 2022 produced by @reesewitherspoon and starring @daisyedgarjones as Kya. Obviously.
What did you think of this book? And are there any others that you’ve read where you simply just didn’t get the hype?