Saturday, December 28, 2013
Some Books I Ditched this year
I got this idea from Sarah Sloat's ( blog: The Rain in My Purse) post about her abandoned books.
I don't even remember all of them... but in no particular order, here are the ones I do remember:
Dean Koontz The Darkest Evening of the Year... haven't read any of his books for a while, though I loved the Golden Retriever in Watchers. This book also has a wonderful Golden Retriever, but the rest of the characters... well, after about 100 pages I could tell that the bad guys were just going to get worse and worse. So I left it.
Gillian Flynn Dark Places... I read Gone Girl, and have talked about it in an earlier entry. I tried this one and just couldn't get into it. I don't like the extreme self-consciousness of the narrator.
Neil Gaiman Good Omens... I loved The Graveyard Book, but I left this one after about 50 pages. Just didn't grab me.
Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall... I was really looking forward to reading this, but I just was not engaged by it; left it after about 50 pages.
Barbara Kingsolver Flight Behavior... I loved The Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer, and I know I will love this one when I really read it... but just couldn't get into it this year.
Claire Messud The Woman Upstairs... tried and gave up. Didn't like the characterizations.
Jessica Anya Blau Drinking Closer to Home... very picaresque... too much so for me.
Paul Harding Tinkers... heard wonderful things about this book from readers whose opinion I look to, but still couldn't get into it. Found it slow.
Mary Karr Lit... way too much backstory for me.
John Elder Robison Look Me in the Eye- My Life with Asperger's... really wanted to like this, but didn't.
I know there were more. Sorry I didn't keep a list. I'd borrow them from the library --- most of them downloaded onto my ipod --- and return them without much of a second thought. Too many others to read and love. Most of them I have already talked about here.