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I think I need to quit buying these; not a quality issue
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2018
This review is more about my thoughts on the Big Nate series as a whole; not this book in particular.
As odd as it may seem, I'm a 34 year old who likes this character for some reason. I think Lincoln Peirce's character Big Nate is better than Jeff Kinney's Greg Huffley from the Wimpy Kid books, but I think the fact that there are 2 to 3 Big Nate releases each year is part of the reason I'm a little burned out on these books. I think I have around 27 of these now (can't believe it's that many already!) and I've had so much trouble finding the motivation to read the last few I've purchased.
I can't say it's a time issue because anyone can get through one of these books in maybe a half an hour. But at the same time, I don't find myself re-reading any of these books. In fact, I don't think I've reread ANY of these books. I think a child would be much more apt to re-read these, even with the idea that their attention spans are supposedly shorter than adults. I mean I get it; I'm not the target audience here.
So, while I still love the characters and the world Lincoln has created, I feel the need to stop buying these. Additionally, I talked to a co-worker at work who has a grandchild and offered up my backlog of Big Nate and Wimpy Kid books to her grandchild. That was kind of awkward to ask without feeling and seeming kind of creepy, but I honestly think a child can get more out of these books than me given they just sit on my bookshelf. Am I ashamed to own these books given my age? No, I don't think so. Again, I think the quality of Perice's characters and world can be appreciated by anyone of any age, but I think the medium of prose is holding me back.
This isn't to say I don't want to read, but in the last few years I think music has become the most important form of media to me. Compared to movies, video games and books, music can be enjoyed passively while doing something else. That's incredibly important to me these days because I'm usually multitasking in general. Again, I have free time, but I don't want to be glued to one thing extensively. Additionally, music has become important to me because some of my leisurely activities center around music. I love writing about the songs and albums I enjoy so music ends up killing a few birds with one stone for me.
So, yeah, I think I'm going to stop buying these. It's neither a quality issue nor gripe against the author. I hope the series goes on to live a lengthy lifespan. It's just a choice I have to make in regards to which media I get the most out of.