Jump to content
Forums forums
PRIMETIMER
Athena

Books We Never Finished

Recommended Posts

On ‎3‎/‎29‎/‎2016 at 5:23 PM, wallflower75 said:

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.  It bored me to tears and I gave up about halfway through.

Yeah on this one. I did finish it but I have NO idea what it was about.  Did it involve a basement somehow?  Anyway, it made me feel inferior because it was so critically acclaimed.  I now believe that, most of the time, critically acclaimed books are to be avoided.

I bailed on 50 Shades of Grey.  I was visiting my home town and I always stop by the independent book store there and go on a buying spree and I was talked into buying it. Pure, unadulterated SHITE.  SO badly written.  After about 10 pages, I dumped it into my recycle bag and felt dirty somehow.

I guess this is more of a Book I Never started but I've given up on Lisa See, and it seems she's given up, too.  She keeps churning them out but they're no longer enjoyable, just formulaic.

Edited by Oosala · Reason: To add last paragraph.
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Please tell me it wasn't a bookstore employee who recommended it! (I haven't read any of the books, but Jenny Trout quoted extensively from them in her recaps, so I have still seen firsthand how terrible the writing is.)

We have a Authors You Used to Love But No Longer Read thread if you have any others you'd like to share besides Lisa See (whom I've never read, though I recognize the name).

Share this post


Link to post
26 minutes ago, Black Knight said:

but Jenny Trout quoted extensively from them in her recaps, so I have still seen firsthand how terrible the writing is.)

Jenny Trout's recaps are the only good thing about 50 Shades.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
5 hours ago, Mabinogia said:

Jenny Trout's recaps are the only good thing about 50 Shades.

Right?! And now James has written another book for Trout to mock. I'm spending my weekend catching up on the most recent chapters...

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
1 hour ago, Black Knight said:

Right?! And now James has written another book for Trout to mock. I'm spending my weekend catching up on the most recent chapters...

And it is somehow worse than the original. I guess it counts as a book I never finished by virtue of being a book I never started? lol 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I decided I needed to read more classics, so I got 1984 and East of Eden from the library. Quit both of them. And I read a lot - a book or two a week. These just didn't do it for me.

Share this post


Link to post

Quote

After about 10 pages, I dumped it into my recycle bag and felt dirty somehow.

I felt the same way about The Crimson Petal and the White. After about three chapters, I started to feel not only dirty but bored silly. I chucked into the recycle bin. My DH was shocked. He'd never seen me do that before.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I haven't quite given up on it yet, but I'm seriously considering putting down Pillars of the Earth and never picking it up again after some 200 pages.

I managed to keep going after the

Spoiler

"my wife died literally just a couple of hours ago and I'm starved half to death and have been wandering the woods looking for the baby I abandoned but oh, hey, here comes that hot woman I met earlier" sex scene that nearly made my eyes roll out of my head.

But I just don't want to spend any more time in the point of view of William Hamleigh having to read about

Spoiler

how turned on he is by the idea of raping women and causing people physical pain.

The only thing that's been keeping me going is that Ellen and Aliena are interesting characters so I kind of want to see what they do/how things work out for them.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
7 hours ago, Wouldofshouldof said:

I decided I needed to read more classics, so I got 1984 and East of Eden from the library.

Never read 1984 but did read East of Eden and I totally get it. My friend made so much fun of me because I was stubbornly determined to complete it, to the point I think it took like three months.

But what I found was that the first part is really hard to get through but once all the backstory, character relationships, etc. gets set up, the second part of the book is a really easy read. And by the end I actually kind of liked it. Not enough to read it again, lol. But enough to gain somewhat of an appreciation of it. 

Right now, my struggle is Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. And the tough thing about this book is that it's not that it's necessarily bad. And there is stuff happening. But I just can't seem to care about said stuff. I think the biggest factor hurting the story is my indifference of the main character.

I think for a book like that and what seems to be a plan to make it a series, you have to care about the main character. And I just can't seem to feel anything but passing interest in Alex, which means I only have a passing interest in the big mystery and where the story's going. It's the same reason why I didn't love The Magicians. I found Quentin to be so insufferably annoying. Alex at least isn't annoying but I'm just so meh about her.

I'm meh about the whole secret societies and their supposed magic and just all of it. And what's frustrating about it for me is that on paper, it sounds like a book that I would love. Mystery, murder, magic, etc. And yet I'm 2/3 of the way in the book and I'm still just left feeling "eh, that happened".

Share this post


Link to post
20 minutes ago, truthaboutluv said:

Never read 1984 but did read East of Eden and I totally get it. My friend made so much fun of me because I was stubbornly determined to complete it, to the point I think it took like three months.

I loved East of Eden.  Won't say I loved 1984, but I did read it.

Right now, I'm struggling to make it through Memoirs of a Geisha.  I'm about half way through and I'm going to finish if it's the last thing I do.

Edited by Katy M
  • Like 2
  • Laugh 1

Share this post


Link to post

Anna karenina by Tolstoy...Deep and detailed.   Took me 2 months to finish it..but realized contentment was as difficult to obtain back in 19th century Russia as it is now lol

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
20 hours ago, Steph J said:

I haven't quite given up on it yet, but I'm seriously considering putting down Pillars of the Earth and never picking it up again after some 200 pages.

I managed to keep going after the

  Reveal spoiler

"my wife died literally just a couple of hours ago and I'm starved half to death and have been wandering the woods looking for the baby I abandoned but oh, hey, here comes that hot woman I met earlier" sex scene that nearly made my eyes roll out of my head.

 

And he's one of the good guys!  Honestly, all the characters are written with such broad strokes and lack any subtlety; the bad guys are all devious mustache twirlers to the point of parody, and the good guys are all clever and saintly, but it's a junk food read.  Good for when you don't want to think too hard.

I had to read East of Eden in high school in the Middle Ages .  Loved it but never reread it.  Memoirs of a Geisha is a beautiful book.

Edited by Haleth

Share this post


Link to post

I don't think I ever finished The Mists of Avalon. Not because I didn't like it, I really did, but it was just so LONG. I always meant to finish it, but now so much time has gone by, I'd have to start it over and the thought of that is so daunting.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
1 hour ago, kariyaki said:

I don't think I ever finished The Mists of Avalon. Not because I didn't like it, I really did, but it was just so LONG. I always meant to finish it, but now so much time has gone by, I'd have to start it over and the thought of that is so daunting.

I tried to finish this book about three times over the space of 5 years and couldn't do it. This was back to when I was a completionist so I really tried. However, I got quite bored of it and didn't feel engaged by the characters. I had to throw in the towel.

 

17 hours ago, Katy M said:

I loved East of Eden.  Won't say I loved 1984, but I did read it.

Right now, I'm struggling to make it through Memoirs of a Geisha.  I'm about half way through and I'm going to finish if it's the last thing I do.

 I loved East of Eden too. Yeah same about 1984.

Memoirs of a Geisha was nice but not essential reading or any favourite of mine so don't feel too pressured. It's not universally loved 🙂

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
2 hours ago, kariyaki said:

I don't think I ever finished The Mists of Avalon. Not because I didn't like it, I really did, but it was just so LONG. I always meant to finish it, but now so much time has gone by, I'd have to start it over and the thought of that is so daunting.

 

11 minutes ago, Athena said:

I tried to finish this book about three times over the space of 5 years and couldn't do it. This was back to when I was a completionist so I really tried. However, I got quite bored of it and didn't feel engaged by the characters. I had to throw in the towel.

 

I did like The Mists of Avalon when I read it almost 20 years ago, but I will never pick that or any book by MZB ever again.  There are too many good books out there written by authors who don't condone the sexual abuse of their own children for me to read.  

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
1 hour ago, Ohiopirate02 said:

 

I did like The Mists of Avalon when I read it almost 20 years ago, but I will never pick that or any book by MZB ever again.  There are too many good books out there written by authors who don't condone the sexual abuse of their own children for me to read.  

Yes! I remember trying to read another book from her too after trying Mists, but I couldn't get through the first chapter. I just don't like her writing. When I read about how she had been complicit in her children's abuse, I was glad I had given up on them. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
On ‎02‎/‎17‎/‎2020 at 11:22 AM, Ohiopirate02 said:

 

I did like The Mists of Avalon when I read it almost 20 years ago, but I will never pick that or any book by MZB ever again.  There are too many good books out there written by authors who don't condone the sexual abuse of their own children for me to read.  

Finding out that about MZB and her husband cast an entirely different light on a lot of what happens in Mists.

Share this post


Link to post
On ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2020 at 1:22 PM, Haleth said:

And he's one of the good guys!  Honestly, all the characters are written with such broad strokes and lack any subtlety; the bad guys are all devious mustache twirlers to the point of parody, and the good guys are all clever and saintly, but it's a junk food read.  Good for when you don't want to think too hard.

That's Ken Follett's style, as far as I can tell. I read the first two books of his Century trilogy - the first about World War One, the second about World War Two - and found all the characters to be very thinly drawn, over well known tropes.

Plucky working class lad with integrity, stuck-up toff who women adore but is secretly a coward or villain, no-nonsense woman who inevitably falls for the stuck-up toff before later realising that she prefers an honest, working class lad with integrity. The thing is, this exact pattern plays out in both of the books. I didn't read the third, which is apparently about the Cold War, but I imagine there will be another variation of that theme.

Edited by Danny Franks
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

I'm going to duck down to avoid the rocks, but I just quit on The Color Purple.  My gosh, it was so horrible, I don't see how it won so many awards.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
15 hours ago, Katy M said:

I'm going to duck down to avoid the rocks, but I just quit on The Color Purple.  My gosh, it was so horrible, I don't see how it won so many awards.

I haven't read it. In what way is it horrible? If you mean the abuse and racism is horrible, I get that, having read Beloved. Or do you think it's just terrible writing?

Share this post


Link to post
1 hour ago, peacheslatour said:

I haven't read it. In what way is it horrible? If you mean the abuse and racism is horrible, I get that, having read Beloved. Or do you think it's just terrible writing?

Yes, the abuse is bad.  But, it's also that I can't find a character to root for.  Sure, I feel bad for Celie that she was raped by her father and abused by her husband.  But, I just don't like her.  And, I'm not crazy about the writing style.  It's a series of letters to God from Celie.  "Us went to church."  I spent a bunch of pages trying to figure out what "dadie" was.  Apparently clam is the past tense of climb.  It was just kind of hard to read.  But, my main complaint is that everyone is just so amoral and disgusting.

  • Like 3
  • Useful 1

Share this post


Link to post

i never finished Jude The Obscure.  I made it through other Hardy books and even liked them, but when I got to the part where 

Spoiler

The kid kills his siblings

I was out. Instead I began reading Dorothy Parker and determined I would not waste my time reading books I did not like just to finish them.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Customize font-size