I Was in Love With a Short Man Once And Other Tales From a Crazy Southern Irish Gal By Kimberly Dalferes

21 May 2016




I'm always dubious when someone refers to themselves as "Crazy". I don't know why but it always makes me cringe when someone says "I'm just so crazy!!" So I started to read this book with trepidation and I have to say I think the title tainted my whole experience of the book.

Having said that I did enjoy most of the stories. I liked the way the author set out the stories with a bit of character background to add context, then the story and finally a wise word or two of advice.

She shares some deeply personal moments like the loss of Grumps, which are tinged with sadness and her troubles a junior high, which are written in such a way that you feel privileged that she shared them with you making the author much more personable 

I have to say the are some funny moments in this book and the author is, as she claims, to be a storyteller and quite a talented one

But, I couldn't quite put my finger on it but the book struggled to keep my attention I didn't find myself thinking about the book when I didn't have a chance to read it and I wasn't making excuses to stay in and read.

For me, although a well written collection of stories about growing up it didn't captivate me.

However, that could say more about me and the genres I tend to read than a criticism of this book




Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.  All opinions are my own.

11 comments

  1. I love the title of the book, though not sure it is one I would enjoy, I am a Thriller Killer kind of girl x

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    1. I'm getting more and more into thrillers now after Girl on the Train! LOVED that book!

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  2. I agree with you on cringing when someone refers to themself as crazy. It's a shame the book didn't grab you x

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  3. I need to read more but blogging takes up my time! Ha, what a title!
    http://www.clairejustineoxox.com/2016/05/parkrun-fun-in-gedling.html

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  4. Don't think I would pick up a book with that title, reading your article has made me realise I need to read more its just finding the time

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    1. I know! It feels sometimes that reading is almost a bit indulgent doesn't it when theres so much else going on!

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  5. Lol it seems like a cringey read to me, I don't judge on a title alone though but the genre just seems like a cringefest. Still well done for sticking to it.

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  6. I am not sure this book appeals to me either. well done for persevering

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  7. Ooo so kind of hit and miss then, I definitely need books thst can keep my attention lol struggle to read them at it is. Xx

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  8. I love the title of the book. Shame it didn't capture you. I'm not sure it would capture me either. Always love reading book reviews x

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  9. I am more of a romance genre kind of reader but i do occasionally enjoy personal stories etc. Shame the book was not captivating

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