Over the past few months, I’ve gathered quite a lot of books. Some of those books I start with really good intentions, but put down and never pick up again. Today I thought I’d chat about a few of those books- but not all of them because I could probably actually read some of them in the time it would take me to write all that.
The Passage by Justin Cronin
I picked this book up in Waterstones after it was one of the books with a little ticket on it with someone’s recommendation. I need to stop myself from being swayed by those. Anyway, this book is fairly sizeable, which doesn’t usually put me off but one of the reasons why I didn’t persevere with this one is because of the length. The other reason is because I picked it up thinking it was a thriller, or a horror. Why, I have no idea. It turns out it’s actually vampire fiction. Now I was obsessed with vampire fiction when I was a teenager, and I’ve read more YA vampire fiction than I ever care to admit, so I definitely don’t want to read more. That being said, I stopped 127 pages into this book, and I still haven’t a clue what’s going on. Nothing supernatural has actually happened yet, and the character referenced in the inside of the book, presumably the main character, has barely been introduced. 127 pages in. Yikes. Anyway, this gets really good reviews from a lot of people, so I do want to see what it’s all about, but it’s such a struggle so far. And the vampire fiction aspect is just not something I’m particularly interested in anymore.
The Circle by Dave Eggers
I bought this without actually knowing anything about the book, drawn in by the pretty coloured cover and the promise of some edgy sci-fi. I’m 99 pages into this one, and it’s not that there’s anything specific that I don’t like about this book. I just found myself forcing myself to read it, and when I looked at it I just couldn’t be bothered, and all I wanted was a page turner. I’ve promised myself I will pick this one up again because I rarely read any sci-fi and I still think it sounds like an interesting concept, so we’ll see. Someone send some motivation my way please.
Based on a True Story by Delphine De Vigan
Okay, so the book is called Based on a True Story. But is it actually a true story? At this point I have no idea! It follows her and her hatred of people (basically) and the woes of being a writer. And then she meets someone called L (which made me think of Death Note more than I care to admit) and suddenly her world is turned upside down. At least that’s what I’m assuming, I abandoned it at a mere 51 pages in. Now, the reason for that is because I feel like it’s very draining. It’s a lot of woe is me, a lot of complaining. Maybe I’m just not that sympathetic, maybe I just don’t get it. But what I do know is I’ve tried it twice already and I’m still only at 51 pages in. I just don’t know, you know?
A disclaimer: I have nothing against the books and/or the authors who have written them. I do actually intend to finish them, it’s just that something else caught my eye over them. I have three shelves of my bookcase dedicated to unread books, and a kindle with hundreds more unread on it. I’ll get there eventually. Send any motivation my way please.