I very rarely give up on a book. I keep on going despite the fact I may not enjoy the writing, the plot line or the theme. There are also those very rare occasions where I just do not connect with a book. Whether it be too slow starting, tedious, way too many characters to keep track of or just not in that reading headspace we readers take for granted.I have listed my top three books that I shamefully abandoned in the hope someone will also agree with my sentiments or at least tell me why I ought to pick them back up and persevere!
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: I normally enjoy a slow burner but this was frustratingly slow.
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: The war was tedious and there wasn’t enough peace to keep me going…
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel: it just got to the point where I was thinking ‘so, is this tiger on this boat or what?!
In 2013, Goodreads conducted a study on What Makes You Put Down A Book and shared a fantastic infographic (small section of it below) with their findings of their study. I have yet to read the top five abandoned books – have any of you? If so, what kept you going?
Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoyed it!