Today’s suggestion is from Cereal Box Reader
I would enjoy reading a meme about people’s abandoned books. The books that you start but don’t finish say as much about you as the ones you actually read, sometimes because of the books themselves or because of the circumstances that prevent you from finishing. So . . . what books have you abandoned and why?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
An abandoned book has been taunting me for almost six months now. That’s my fault, really, because I was fool enough to leave it out where I see it several times a day, so that I could keep deluding myself that I’d go back and finish it. I’ve heard and read so much praise of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, and I’ve found parts of it riveting. But it has backstory upon backstory, and it jumps around a lot – I’ve just found that tiring. I left it at the point where yet another backstory was introduced, because even though I do believe she’ll bring the threads together in the end, I was just out of patience with all the distractions.
I was in Starbucks with the book back in the spring, and the barista asked me what I thought of it; he said he’d been reading it too, and had a hundred pages left. He’d had them left for a year. I understand that now.
I really don’t abandon books very often, though. If I do, it’s usually for a reason like this – I just run of out patience. Sometimes it’s because it’s just not the right time for me to read it, or it isn’t really what I expected or wanted it to be. And sometimes – well, it’s just a poorly-written book.