Book Journal, Bookish Tuesday

Books I Couldn’t Finish

My reasons for failing to finish a book are wide and varied. Below are some of the few I actually feel guilty about abandoning.

1. Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I feel guilty about this one. I wanted to finish it, I wanted to know what happened. But I just couldn’t connect to either side of the protagonist’s life – and while I want to be able to recommend this book to many, when they ask if I enjoyed it, I don’t know what I’ll be able to say.


2. And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer

This is a book that I just wasn’t in the mindset for when I started reading it and alas, I have not returned to it as I promised I would. It is one that I hope to finish one day, just not anytime soon apparently.

And After the Fire

3. Beartown by Fredrik Backman

My coworkers love Backman, the bookstore customers love Backman, everyone loves Backman. The first of his books that sounded like it would appeal to me was Beartown, because, ice hockey. Sweden. Dreams of Henrik Lundkvist. Sign me up! It wasn’t entirely what I was expecting and falls into the same category as And After the Fire – I hope one day I’ll finish it.

Beartown (2)

4. Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman

When I told my sister my husband was getting a motorcycle, she freaked out and started quoting safety statistics (well, not really, but her concern was warranted). Then, I made her sit down and watch one of her favorite actors, Ewan McGregor, ride motorcycles around the world. Wouldntchyaknow, now she loves the idea. She loved this book, I would rather watch the adventure than read the book.

Long Way Round

5. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I enjoyed Uprooted and I love the Rumpelstiltskin tale, but alas, I could not get into Spinning Silver. I had promised a rep a blurb about it and unfortunately had to disappoint. It comes out in July and I’m sure lots of book bloggers will be raving about it, I just won’t be among them.

Spinning Siver

6. The Rules of Me by Melanie Moyer

Last but not least, the one I feel most guilty about. Melanie is a friend of mine and this is her debut novel, fresh of the presses. She went the traditional route, is not self-published (which is important to me), and I couldn’t finish her book because I couldn’t stop crying. She tackles something very big, something that I have come just shy of experiencing, and she does it so well that I couldn’t get past the past memories. So this book, I will enthusiastically recommend, even if I cannot finish it myself.

Rules of Me

2 thoughts on “Books I Couldn’t Finish”

    1. Alas it was less a matter of enjoyment, and more of connection. I enjoyed as much as I read, but in order to keep reading, I need to find a connection to the book and that was what I struggled to do.

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