It was a hard lesson for me to learn, but learn it I did:
It’s okay to not finish a book.
And, along with that:
It’s okay to change your mind about a book. It’s okay to not like a book that someone else likes.
There are so many books out there, it doesn’t make any sense to read a book that you’re not interested in. Reading is a personal thing. Deeply personal. And spending your time reading a book that you have no interest in or aren’t enjoying takes away from the time you could be reading a book you will enjoy.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested in Reading
1. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
I added this to my TBR because it was promoted as the Breakfast Club which I completely love. But, looking at the synopsis now, I really don’t want to read about teenagers killing each other.
2. The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
I love the concept of this book. A mail order bride shows up and it’s clear she isn’t the woman who is expected. The synopsis says, Who is she really? What happened to the woman who’s identity she stole? I’ve started this book a few times but just haven’t been able to get absorbed enough into it to keep reading.
3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman’s work is weird and intriguing. I’ve read a few of his novels and they always leave me thinking. This book is apparently amazing. I have a copy of it from a friend. But I’m just no longer interested in this one. There are so many other books on my TBR that appeal to me much more.
4. After You (Me Before You, #2) by Jojo Moyes
I really enjoyed the first one. It was an interesting read, very emotional, and a book that I waited ages for at my library. When I first heard about the sequel, I was excited to see what Jojo would do. Now, it’s been five years since I read the first book and I have no desire to see what happened to that character whose name I can’t event remember.
5. Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief (Alfie Bloom #2) by Gabrielle Kent
I do not remember adding this to my Goodreads to-read list…and yet here it is. I haven’t read Alfie Bloom #1, so I’m not sure why this book is on my list… removing it now.
6. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
I got this book for Christmas and I started reading it last month. I just wasn’t enjoying it. The voice, the style are just not for me. I’ve set it aside for now. We’ll see if I try it again in a few years.
7. The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling
This is another book that I started and put down. I just didn’t like the story. I really have no desire to try it again.
8. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
This is another book that I started and just didn’t want to finish. I tried reading it for Tome Topple last year and found the style and language difficult for me to dive into. It’s a prize-winning book but just too dense for me for pleasure reading.
9. King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard
I enjoyed the first book in this series. I read the second book, but don’t really remember what happened in it. Because of that, I don’t really feel a desire to read this finale in the series. Perhaps I’ll remember and feel like reading this conclusion one day.
What books have you removed from your TBR?