Thursday, March 7, 2013

The book chat - Abandoning Books


It's Thursday. Thursday is my favorite blog day! Why? The book chat! Today Jessica from Sweet Green Tangerine and Lindsey from Lounging with Lindsey are talking about abandoning books. 

I haven't left too many books unread. I try to read book samples before I buy a book online or I'll read a few pages before bringing one home from the library or book store. I usually know what I'm getting into BUT sometimes things don't go so well. 

Books I WISH I had abandoned

This was awful. I read it as part of a book challenge. I chose this book and once I started I just wanted to hurry up and finish so I could mark it as read. It had the potential to be funny but it ended up being very cheesy and irritating.

This wasn't a terrible story but when I finished I felt like I could have spent my time reading something much better. There is a baby in the story. The baby writes its own chapters about its life and view on was just very odd.

Books I have abandoned

I just did not like this book. It really is like being trapped inside the mind of a crazy person. It is confusing at most parts and just weird at others. I think I read about 1/4 of the book and then put it down because I thought my brain might explode if I didn't.

This book really bored me. I thought it was going to be pretty funny and it could have been. Luckily I got it from the library so it wasn't really a loss to me.

Pick it back up!

I read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre in high school. I pretended I didn't like them and groaned along with everyone else over the reading assignments. Loving them was my secret. No one could know that I actually enjoyed reading! I really don't think that there was any required reading that I did not enjoy. 
A few years ago I bought this collection of stories. Several times I've opened it, started reading, and put it down. I am going to pick it up again and read the stories...not all at once of course! 

So what about you? Do you abandon books?
Will you pick them up again?


  1. Your wish I had and did abandon books sound crazy. I've never read a book from a baby's point of view and I'm strangely curious.

  2. I loved Wuthering Heights and hated Jane Eyre!!! I loved reading in HS and everyone knew it. So they'd come to me and asked what happened in the assigned reading. Lol.

  3. Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights... swoon! 2 of my faves! :)

  4. Aww I hope that call center book wasn't for my challenge! If it was, I'm sorry you didn't like it haha.

  5. I've gotten pretty good at knowing whether or not I will enjoy a book before I really read much of it but I don't mind setting them aside. Too many good books out there to worry about the ones that I don't enjoy. Interesting seeing which books are on everyone's list.


  6. You officially have the one list where I recognize NO books... Other than the complete Bronte novels! I wonder if I'd enjoy those. I've never been very keen on classics. I feel like such a bad book nerd, lol!

  7. I have to finish a book even the crappy ones I dont want to! Something inside me thinks it may get better, even though it never usually does!
    The End of Mr Y I picked for my bookclub and it was voted the worse book I was so embarrased. You can read my not impressed review here :)

  8. I also remember pretending not to like some assigned reading in school but secretely enjoying it :)

  9. I just recently chatted about this on my blog about how "it takes courage to do what you love," or some similar title. Basically my view is that we have one life so I no longer try and finish books just because they are short and will only take so long or because they are popular, or "classics." If I'm in a bookclub that's the only exception I make to the finishing rule because I made an obligation to that club. Otherwise, if they don't have my attention in some form or fashion in the first 50 pages then in the abandoned pile they go. I even created an abandoned shelf on Goodreads to support my "do what you love" motto, by letting go and not wasting time with those you don't enjoy.


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