Book Review: These is my Words by Nancy E. Tucker

30 Apr

these is my words

These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901, Arizona Territories by Nancy E. Turner

Why do I own this book? Did I buy it because I’ve been trying to read more Westerns while living in Texas? Did it get recommended to me? It is currently getting a 4.37 score on Goodreads with more than 36,000 ratings (!!!). Maybe I heard about it there? I have no idea, and yet it’s been sitting on my bookshelves for the past year.

Written as a diary, this book details Sarah’s life as a pioneer in Arizona. Not only does she detail the day-to-day drudgery of the life, but she also matter of factly (sometimes too matter of factly) tells of  Comanche raids, stagecoach robberies, murders and attempted rapes. And, of course, there’s a love story.

I gotta say, I don’t understand the general Goodreads adoration of this book. It’s fine. It goes quickly. There’s always lots of general pioneer-y stuff happening. But does it really grip you? Well, it certainly didn’t with me. I find Sarah to be just a shade too unlikeable to really enjoy being in her head. The love story is aggravating as it seems so unnecessary, but maybe that’s just because I’m a grumpy lady. The diary style gives the author permission to just jump from event to event without ever having to put together a satisfying narrative.

I don’t get it. I think I’m in the wrong here…but meh.


One Response to “Book Review: These is my Words by Nancy E. Tucker”

  1. Laura Rowsell (@LauraRowsell) May 3, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    Oh man, it’s never good when you have a book that you have NO IDEA why you bought it and then it turns out to suck. It’s like someone’s put it there to TRICK you! So, this one won some awards and stuff, which more often that not means a book isn’t actually that great to read, if you ask me (I am still bitter about kind of hating Doris Lessing…)

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