This post is in two parts. Part 1 is the discussion, part 2 is mini/half reviews of some books I couldn't finish (seeing as it relates to the discussion topic).
Here’s the thing: I have a major book addiction, which I guess is probably something you lot can relate too seeing as you’re reading a book blog. But anyway, because of that addiction… my to be read pile is insane. I built up a new book case for my TBR pile and all the books didn’t even fit in it (that’s just the TBR ones, not all the books I own).
I used to always force myself to finish books because sometimes I’ll be reading a book and it can take me about a third of the book to actually get into it and by the end I love it. But until I reach that point where the book gets good? It’s like nails on the chalkboard of my mind… I hate forcing myself to read a book that just isn’t doing it for me, it takes the fun out of reading.
When I'm forcing myself to read a book I don't really like, my reading sometimes comes to a grinding halt completely. I sometimes read multiple books at once, but when one of those books is one I don't want to finish, it makes me not want to read any books at all -- it's like it creates a book traffic jam.
And now, because of the insanity that is Mount TBR, I’m beginning to realise maybe I should stop doing that. I have a lot of books to read, so I shouldn’t feel bad about being unable to finish some.
And sorry for that long intro, if I do another one of these posts ever then I can leave that part out - I just wanted to explain what this post is about.
1. What do you do when you can't get into a book? Do you force yourself to finish or just give up on it? (Do you feel the same way I do about it?)
2. Out of curiosity, is there anyone who felt the same about the books I mention below (the ones I couldn't finish)?
Here are the half reviews of the books I couldn’t bring myself to finish and I’ll try to give my reasons (some of the books on this list may surprise you -- Harmony and Julie seemed horrified at a certain book on this list):
Tell Me No Lies by Malorie Blackman
I think this is the first book I ever gave up on. It was a few years ago and just… I couldn’t stand the characters, the plot wasn’t that great from what I read and it almost bored me to tears. I have heard great things about Malories other books, particularly the Noughts and Crosses series, but this book made me reluctant to try them.
Verdict: I will never finish reading that book. I totally give up on it.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
I tried reading this one a bunch of times over the years and I really, really wanted to like it. I mean, I own the entire trilogy and I’ve heard such fantastic thing’s about the books but it just bored me really. I didn’t care about the characters, I didn’t even really care about the plot and it’s one of the historical fiction books where the historical element does nothing for me at all. Books like Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare manage to be historical in an awesome way… I just wasn’t feeling that with this book.
Maybe it would get awesome if I stuck with the book till the end or read the sequels, but I really don’t want to anymore. Reading it was so dull, like being forced to read a boring book in school.
Julie did not approve when I officially announced I was giving up on the book to her on MSN a little while ago, she loves this series.
Verdict: I don't see myself giving these books another chance any time soon. I even talked to Julie about maybe giving away my copies (something I never do unless I have doubles). Finishing the book = highly unlikely.
Logic of Demons by H. A. Goodman
I was sent this book for review just after Christmas, I think, and I actually do like the book (I’m not just saying that). But I’ve dragged out reading it over a few weeks… I’m a fast reader usually, if I’m into a book then I’ll finish it in a couple of hours. At the most, sometimes I drag it out over one week… but this book? Any time I put it down, I just didn’t find myself wanting to pick it up again.
I enjoyed the book while I was reading it (from what I‘ve read right now, I‘d give it 3/5 stars), but the story and characters didn’t have me hooked to the point where I needed to know what was happening.
Verdict: This isn’t a definite “I completely give up on this book”, I will finish this one at some point but right now it feels like it’s blocking me from reading other books and it’s really frustrating me. I have a lot to read, like I mentioned and this one is kind of causing a traffic jam in my TBR pile.
I’ll leave it at that for now… there’s a few books that I started reading, put them down and then a year later, I still haven’t gone back to them. They haven’t made the list because I actually did/do intend of finishing those, they just didn’t get me hooked fast enough.
I keep the books, so maybe one day I’ll give rereading them another try, but for now I’m going to get into the habit of letting myself give up on books if they’re not working for me.
Please note: with all of these books, these are just my opinions. Just because they didn't work out for me doesn't mean you won't like them. I've been known to have unpopular opinions on certain books that everyone else seems to adore (one was mentioned above, another is Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes - that book bored me, I really didn't like it but other people seem to absolutely love it).