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Thursday Ten: Books I did not finish

*sighs* I didn’t realize that I’ve neglected this top ten thing.

There are books that I’ve forced myself to finish because of the somewhat intriguing plot twist, books that I skimmed through to get to the end, and then there are the books that I just couldn’t finish. I know this is a top 10 list, but at current, I can only list 8 books. The thing with reading/exploring different genres is that you get a sense of what you really like, what you don’t, what you need to stay away from, and what to give a second chance to.

1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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I can’t believe that this book won a Pulitzer! This book has such terrible writing style! This book does not even deserve a place on my bookshelf and I don’t think I’ll ever attempt to read another book from this author.Β 

2. Power Play by Catherine Coulter

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Catherine, what happened to you? You used to give me better stories than this drivel. I am sorry, but I have to put your books down.

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen

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I tried. *sighs* I really tried. Then I tried again…

4. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

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…and then I give up on this author as well. A woman can only try so many times! I am done with her for she keeps wasting my sweet reading time. I finally accept that she is not my cup of coffee because I find her books unbelievingly boring to the point where I want to strangle the book, so I’ll let Mark Twain speak for me:

I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop everytime I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.

– Letter to Joseph Twichell, 13 September 1898

Yes, even Twain knew how I feel. Wait, do I even like Twain’s books?

5. A Mercy by Toni Morrison

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This is literary garbage. The summary of the book is misleading, I feel as if I was dumb down while attempting to read it, and the different characters narrating chapters with no initial knowledge of who’s speaking? Please, leave this to an expert like James Patterson. This stream of consciousness style was annoying. Incredibly boring and if this was my book, I would’ve set it on fire. Doesn’t deserve to see the light of day and I don’t care if it’s a bestseller.Β 

6. A Bit of a Difference by Sefi Atta

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Not my style and the writer was rambling as if talking to a friend and not addressing the reader. I couldn’t even make sense of the character.

7. Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan

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Talk about mediocre writing at its best! We have a heroine who is divorced and decides that she wants nothing to do with men for a while. She goes to her aunt’s house to recuperate and immediately, she spots an attractive jogger (he happens to be a doctor) and well, she likes what she sees. This woman is the mother of two brats (I still don’t know what’s so funny in authors making brats out of every single kid out there) and no redeeming qualities about her. This doctor should’ve jogged the other way.

Books like this end up in my trash can because they’re not fit to even wipe my feet on.

8. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

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Nice try, Jojo. Nice try. This story was predictable and unbelievable. I was thoroughly disappointed and before I burst into tears from being bored, of the corny dialogue, I calmly put it down for the book did not belong to me. Had it been my property…

Are there any books that you’ve started and just couldn’t finish? Disagree with me? Feel free to share in the comments down below. πŸ™‚


24 thoughts on “Thursday Ten: Books I did not finish”

  1. I’ve been slowly working my way through Emma written by Jane Austen. Her writing, when dealing with conversation (which is a lot of boring stuff, in my opinion) reminds me of the conversations in Jane Eyre by one of the Bronte sisters…Charlotte, no, maybe? I’ve read Jane Eyre twice because overall it’s an interesting story. And I like Emma, but those conversations of blah blah blah lol!!

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    1. Well, I hope that goes well for you. I can’t finish one of her books so I won’t be going back there. Yes, it’s Charlotte, for I remember her saying that she, too, cannot stand to read Austen. I’ve never read Jane Eyre, but I’ll give it a try when I start doing the classic reading challenge.

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      1. If you’re interested in Dickens I was surprised by Oliver Twist. It was the first book he write and he did it in installments, I think for a newspaper. It does get a little violent toward the end though, nothing graphic, but I was surprised.

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      2. I remember reading Oliver Twist… but that was so long ago that I don’t recall the ending. I’ll definitely put this one on the list.

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  2. I feel you here. I thought it might be a good idea to read a few Young Adult books since I’m writing in the genre, and I was so disappointed. I don’t know if I just picked out the wrong books or what. The cursing and mature themes, and in one, the characters annoyed me so much on top of that – I couldn’t finish. I think I’ll stick to old books and Christian books from now on. I have quite a few that I can’t wait to dig into this December. (Because I won’t have much time for reading with NaNoWriMo happening! XD )

    I was surprised that Jane Austin books were on your list because I’ve heard so many good things about them.

    Hope you find some books that you like! πŸ™‚

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    1. I was disappointed with the YA selections too. I admit that YA is not my thing, but after reading the ones I chose, I was out off. So it’s just not you. Even on Wattpad, I noted that they are recurring themes and they’re the ones that get the most read, but I am not going to stoop that low just to get an audience. And that’s why I was excited when I saw your brief summary. You give me hope to read YA again.

      Yes, Austen is just not for me. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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      1. I know, right? The few I’ve found that I do like are Sierra Jenson series and the Jenny McGrady series. They are clean, and are by Christian authors, I think. (I have reviews on my blog somewhere.)

        Yeah, me either.

        Aww, thank you! πŸ™‚


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      2. To save you some time, here is a link to the Sierra Jensen review:
        And here is the one for the Jennie McGrady series:

        I’m 2 books in on the Jennie McGrady series, and 4 books in on the Sierra Jensen series. The Jennie McGrady series is a mystery series, while the Sierra Jensen series has a little more romance mixed with an everyday life aspect. πŸ™‚ Both were written in the 1990’s, I think.

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      3. I’m going to read the McGrady review now. My phone gave up on me while I was reading blogs last evening, so I have to log into the laptop. Thank you for the links,

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