September 5: This week we’re talking about the books we struggled with in some way.
There are so many, but I’m going to keep this to books that are more popular. I could probably get to a list of 20! But I am also looking at a lifetime of reading, instead of just this year.
- Dante’s Inferno. It seems like it’s a magazine article spouting out hatred for all the men that screwed him over. Great revenge tactic, and extremely imaginative but, I hated every word.
World War Z. I read this before the movie came out but could not deal with it. I know everyone loves it so it is definitely something that is a hiccup with me. I could barely stand to finish it. Funnily enough, I loved the movie!
- Anything by Kim Harrison. I don’t know why but her writing just kills me. I know she’s loved and I have a few of her books that I’ll try again, but for now, she’s my top author for not being able to finish one of her books.
- Secondly is the dear Neil Gaiman. I struggled with American Gods. I only read it because the show was coming out and then I still had to push myself.
- In my family’s book club we read one of Joe Nesbo’s books and I had to set it aside. I couldn’t even finish. In his defense, I think it is number eleven or something. I need to try to start at the beginning!
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Another book club book. Everyone loved this and I wanted to stab my eyeballs out. It was not a good time.
- As a fan of Mira Grant, I was devastated that I did not enjoy Symbiont. It didn’t have the same ring, for me, that her Newsflesh series has. I finished the books, but it was difficult.
- The Twelve by Justin Cronin. I struggled with book one, but there was enough to keep me going through it. When book two finally came out, I immediately purchased it, and haven’t read past page 100.
- I listened to Splintered by A.G. Howard, through audio, and maybe that was the problem, but I just couldn’t get with the program. I listened to books one and two and decided I didn’t want anything else to do with the series.
- I tried Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis. Any time I read a retelling of a fairy-tale, I whine and cry and bitch. You think I would learn but I love fairy-tales so why wouldn’t I love the retelling?! I keep trying but I haven’t found one I like yet.
What books have you struggled with finishing?