Life of a Doctor’s Wife asked me yesterday if I ever had books I couldn’t finish.
I’ll admit that generally I will slog through a book if it is not just unbearable unbearable torture because I hate to leave a book unread and also, if I’m far enough into it, it’s generally worth it to me and my false sense of accomplishment to chalk another book up on the completed list.
But sometimes, if a book is just completely clogging up my reading (meaning, I feel like I’m choosing not to read anything because I feel bad about not reading this particular book) or if it’s just too foul or I just can’t stand it, I’ll give it up.
Most of the time, when I start reading a book, I list it on Goodreads in my “currently-reading” category (which shows up on the right sidebar of my blog), and then, if I don’t finish it, it goes into my “Unfinished” category. It’s not a perfect system, because sometimes I give up on a book before I’ve added it and so I forget entirely that it’s a book I haven’t finished, but here are my unfinished books I do have on record as since the beginning of 2008:
Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynn Truss
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do by Tom Vanderbilt
Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant #2) by Derek Landy
The Devil’s Breath by Emily Kimelman
The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Fat Kid Rules the World K.L. Going
Hamlet: A Novel A.J. Hartley
From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges Between Young Adult Literature and the Classics by Sarah Herz and Donald Gallo
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Horns and Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Flemming
I, Coriander by Sally Gardner
More than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson
Libyrinth by Pearl North
Some of these I feel genuinely bad about not finishing – they are insanely popular and people who I trust love them, but for some reason they just did not do it for me (The Knife of Never Letting Go – I tried so hard!!! I gave it at least 200 pages and it NEVER picked up for me).
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Any books you just couldn’t get through?