To not to read tag

Post AtoZ I’ve been trying to mintain a regular schedule, building up some new envelopes, starting a new type of post, all the usual business of blogging, but the blogosphere seems to be conspiring against me – albeit in a good way.  James Pailley nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award, and now’ve been tagged to talk about books that I haven’t finished.  Whilst I can understand why people say that they don’t do these sorts of games anymore, I am not yet totally jaded.

I don’t normally do book reviews, here, but in some part perhaps that’s because I haven’t been nudged in that direction yet…  So, without further ado: thank you  to the Orangutan Librarian for tagging me (don’t think that I’m going to forget this…).

I used to be one of those people that smugly said that they read everything and didn’t DNF (did not finish, forgive the double negative) a book.  One book, mentioned below, broke me – it was extremely bad.  Since then, life has only got more complicated, and I find that I am less inclined to finish average books, or books that I ma just not enjoying.  I find that, <hushed tones> I’m inclined to skip to the end and see if I’m interested enough to go back and find out what led to theis point </hushed tones>.  I find five star ratings a bit limiting – there are books that I like that have deep flaws, but which are in other ways very good.  Hence, there are many that might be considered 3* that I would recommend wholeheartedly.  For the most part the following do not fall into that category.

RULES:

Thank the person that tagged you (See above!)

Include ping-back to creator of tag (Icebreaker694)

Answer questions (See below!)

Tag other poor souls to do this

Easy right?

Oh and only use books that you DNF as your answer hence the “to not to read” part

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO FINISH?

 

The Glass books of the dream eaters by Gordon Dahlquist and The Tube Riders by Chris Ward.  In both cases I got distracted in the middle and needed to read other things in a hurry and then never quite got back to them.  But I will finish them. Probably.

A DYSTOPIAN BOOK THAT YOU PUT DOWN.

Does Stephen Donaldson’s Gap Series count as dystopian?

A BOOK THAT YOU JUST DIDN’T WANT TO FINISH AT ALL.

Colin the Librarian by Tony Keaveny.  This was the book that broke me.  I wanted to like it, but it was just very bad.

 

A SEQUEL.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.  (Slight Cheat – I haven’t even started to read this, but don’t think Iever will).

A BOOK YOU’LL NEVER AGAIN PICK UP.

Hmmm…I’m going to go with A quest of heroes by Morgan Rice.

A BOOK WITH TOO MUCH HYPE.

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. I could not get past the first couple of pages.

A HAUNTING READ.

I have to say, I can’t think of anything for this one.

A CONTEMPORARY.

 

Possibly I don’t delve enough in this area… I did not enjoy the Children Act by Ian MacEwan and skipped through a lot of the middle.

A BOOK YOU WERE UNSURE OF

I did have a vague thought about this and it has gone again.  Like the Oragutan Librarian, there are one or two books that I’ve started several times, but for the moment I can’t think of them… I will say that whenever I read the Hobbit, I always seem to get stuck in Mirkwood for a while – I always have to come back to the book after a day or so away.  Bt I do always coe back and finish it off.

I TAG:

Debs’ Despatches

Redheaded Booklover

Ceolsige

JS Pailly

Sue, The Great Raven

 

 

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7 thoughts on “To not to read tag

  1. Aarrgghh! I may have to kill you …
    Actually, this is going to be interesting as the number of DNFs in my life is ridiculously low. I shall be having to pad massively. Although I’ll be interested in reading other people’s DNFs!

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  2. Hmmm… I’m not sure if I’d be able to do this one. I have a rule that I will force myself to finish a book, even if I’m not enjoying it, no matter how bad the book is. As a writer, I believe I can learn a lot from a poorly written book… specifically, I can learn what not to do.

    So I can only think of two books that I started and didn’t finish. One was a book about the publishing industry, which I realized after a few chapters was horribly out of date. The other was a book that I tried to read in high school. I don’t remember much about it, except that it went way too far with description, to the point that it took three pages for one character to open a door and enter a room.

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      1. Not that I can think of. Obviously I don’t read everything that comes my way, because nobody has time to read everything, but I can’t think of anything that I flat out refused to read.

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  3. haha that’s actually a good idea to skip ahead to find out if it’s worth finishing!! Ah I’m the same about 3*- if I give a book 3* it usually means I enjoyed it has problems. I’m not a fan of Dan Brown or McEwan- so I can relate to this!! Glad you did this 😀

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