Confession: Abandoned Books

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.giphyI 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!

  1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: I normally enjoy a slow burner but this was frustratingly slow.
  2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: The war was tedious and there wasn’t enough peace to keep me going…
  3. 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?

I would love to know what books you have given up on and why or why I should pick the books above up and give them another go!

Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoyed it!

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3 thoughts on “Confession: Abandoned Books

  1. I have never read most of those books. Although, I did try to read The Lord of the Rings when I was a kid. I remember being pretty pissed that Bilbo wasn’t in the first few chapters so I put the book down…forever. I did read Fifty Shades and I think you should probably just skip that one all together. Not only is it a an acquired taste, but the heroine is a bit ridiculous. (she constantly channels her “inner goddess” *eyeroll*) The movie is much better.
    I thought the same thing while watching The Life of Pi, if that makes you feel any better. ?
    Great post!

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    1. Morning Karen, thanks for this comment!

      I’m in your camp re LOTR but that’s because of the spider…I can’t deal. Haha. I know it’s only in for a little bit of the book but…no, just no. That to me is scarier than any Stephen King novel (unless that novel has a spider in it!)

      Fifty Shades never really appealed to me as I understood the writing to be quite tedious and now that you’ve said the heroine channels her “inner goddess” it’s definitely not one to buy! Eugh.

      Life of Pi however, yes, perhaps I’ll give the movie a go – good shout.

      Thanks again for the thoughtful comment and taking the time to read my post. Hope to hear from you again!



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