I don’t always participate in Top Ten Tuesday, which is a blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, but this one caught my attention. I’m not the kind of reader who doggedly slogs through a book that I’m not enjoying. If I don’t like a book, or if it just doesn’t grab me in the first fifty or maybe one-hundred pages, I set it aside. Most of the time, it’s with the promise that I will return to the book when my narrative taste buds hunger for something else, but sometimes, I just don’t go back. I’ve even been known to (only once!) throw a book in the garbage (gasp!) because I really, really didn’t like it. (Book lovers, I promise that it was only once and I –probably — won’t do it again).
So here’s a list of books that I (sort of, maybe) promise to return to. You know, one of these days…
- Jane Steele, by Lindsay Faye – Reader, I’m sure this is a great book, but I didn’t make it past the first few pages.
- Origin, by Dan Brown – Will God survive science? I have no idea… I got about half-way through and just… I don’t know. I figured that he’d save the world, I just wasn’t sure that I cared how he did it this time. Sorry, Professor Langdon. Maybe I’ll join you on your next adventure.
- The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins – Bizarre alien-like angel things! A mysterious library! A murder mystery! And yet… I set it down after the first two chapters. This is one that I might actually pick up again. #lies
- Hausfrau, by Jill Alexander Essbaum – Hausfrau might have been described as “Madame Bovary meets Fifty Shades of Grey,” but I never quite made it past the Bovary parts.
- The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling – I found the lack of Harry Potter disturbing.
- The Death Cure, by James Dashner – It was better when they were being chased by weird, creepy aliens in a maze.
- Catch 22, by Joseph Heller – This one is a mystery. My husband reads it once a year and laughs hysterically.
- Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo – I started this one on the plane ride home from Norway, but…maybe I was just too tired to finish it.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant might be completely fine, but I found the plot just a bit too slow at first.
- The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss – I started this one three times, each time only reaching the very start of the story that Kvothe tells. Then, one day I got stuck on a long car ride through the fog and suddenly, I was hooked. When I finished it, I was glad that I did. Maybe this one doesn’t count officially as a DNF, but it makes me think that there is still hope for the other books on this list…
Sorry books that I DNF! I might just come back to you later…
What books have you left on a shelf in favour of something else? What makes you set down a book for good?