I tend to stay away from potentially “negative” bookish lists (like “books I will never read”) because I think there is so much negativity on the internet that I don’t want to drag my favourite thing (reading) into it. I decided to do today’s Top Ten Tuesday after all, by virtue of not all my reasons being entirely negative. And ALSO, you get to vote on which one I should try again! So for Ten Bookish Things I Have Quit: here are ten books I “Did Not Finish”.
1. Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
The first book I remember DNF’ing. I was eight years old and on a Roald Dahl TRIP, devouring every thing of his that I could find. I found Boy, and it took me a while to figure out that this was not your usual Roald Dahl book. I don’t think I had the intelligence or desire at the time to read someone’s memoir, so I hastily returned it to the library (thank God I didn’t find one of his adult anthologies, eh). I recently bought the audiobook for my dad, and he loved it. So I’ll definitely be trying this (therefore, you don’t get to vote on this one :P).
2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – I listened to the audiobook during my daily commute earlier this year. It made me physically sick (although, it was at the same time that I had an IOD, so maybe it was the ARVs). At any rate, I found it horrifying. I live in South Africa and I’m a medical doctor so I see and hear of horrifying events all the time, but for some reason this was so visceral and awful. Also, the narrator REALLY annoyed the crap out of me. If I were to try this again, I would read it the old-fashioned way.
3. Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China by John Pomfret
I read this shortly before embarking on Semester at Sea and the only reason I did not finish it was because the time came to travel onward, so I had to return it to the local library. Boo. I’ve been meaning to check it out again, but you know how it goes.
4. By the King’s Design by Christine Trent
I feel half bad about this one because I won it in a giveaway. This book just did not grip me at all. I guess regency novels just aren’t for me. I really tried to stick it out, but gave up the good fight by page 100.
5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Allegiant is written in two points-of-view: Tris (as in Divergent/Insurgent) but also Four’s. Something about it turned me off and I felt the writing was really subpar compared to the first two. I also accidentally stumbled upon a (THE?) major spoiler, so now I just really don’t want to pick it up again. I will watch the film, though.
6. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
I liked this book up to the point where it became a romance and Marie became a simpering girl. Could it not just be about a strong, powerful businesswoman? Does the story really need a love-interest to make it worth it? I don’t have anything against a good romance, although I don’t often read them; but I wanted to read a cool story about MADAME TUSSAUD, not her boyfriend.
7. Heist Society by Ally Carter
The biggest thing that turned me off about this book was that the dialogue felt very childish.
8. The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe
For one, The Way We Fall felt to me like it did not really need a sequel. I was happy wondering. Secondly, I could not really gel with the writing style in this one. It felt very whiny and all over the place. I missed the journal style of the first book – it worked well. Also, Kaelyn is another one of those characters who becomes very weak in the presence of a boyfriend and it does not sit well with me.
9. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Don’t shoot! I know this book has a massive following. I don’t know if I was just going through a reading slump but I was not gripped by the story. I really wanted something thrilling and I waited too long for the thrill so I gave up.
10. By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
I’m not particularly sensitive, and mental health is very important to me, but I was not so sure about all these excerpts about ways to successfully off oneself and… I just felt like it was a bit insensitive, really. And I’m not convinced that ingesting ammonia will result in muteness given the fact that the larynx is in the respiratory tract and not the digestive tract. I looked online for case studies but was fairly unsuccessful.