Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Books I Wish I Did Not Finish

Life is short, and getting shorter by the minute. If you're not enjoying a book, you might as well give up on it. I'm bad at that though. Once I've started reading a book, I tend to want to finish it. My friends think I'm a bit of a cynic -

(You are a bit of a cynic.)

- But I just can't seem to let go of the hope that it'll get better.  

Sometimes, it does. Other times, not so much.

Here are ten books that I wish I'd never finished.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6878032-ghostgirlGhost Girl by Tonya Hurley

You know how most books aimed at children and teenagers are about how you shouldn't try to fit in? Well this one is about how being popular in school is the most important thing, even if you're dead. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/578651.The_Catcher_in_the_RyeCatcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The only reason I made it all the way through this is because I read it for a book club and felt obligated to finish it. I hated Holden.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/844705.Bleak_HouseBleak House by Charles Dickens

I read this over summer for a module on mystery fiction. The module was brilliant. One of the best ones on the course. This book was not. I couldn't stand Esther (Dickens cannot write women) and it just has so many plots and characters but at the same time it feels like nothing happens.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3336798-the-mystery-of-marie-rog-t The Mystery of Marie RogĂȘt by Edgar Allan Poe

This is a detective story based on a real murder that was never solved. Guess what? It isn't solved in the story either. There's no pay-off and I was bored.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/812836.Enduring_LoveEnduring Love by Ian McEwan

Not only did I finish this, I read it twice. It was an A-level coursebook and I really needed that A. The first chapter is good. After that it goes downhill fast thanks to an utterly contemptible protagonist and a four page rant about the Hubble Telescope.

This was the worst book I had ever read, until I read...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3245379-pamela-or-virtue-rewardedPamela by Samuel Richardson

This is undeniably the worst novel ever written. Try and refute that - please try and refute that - and I will prove you wrong. It has a terrible plot. Even making allowances for the time period it was written in, this is not something that can or should be stretched over 500 pages. 

Technically, I had to read this for my course. Well. I had to read up until the marriage. After that I could have dnfed it, but I felt that finishing it was the right thing to do as a responsible student.

(She wanted the right to criticise it.)

I wanted the right to criticise it.

No mercy! What's the worst book you've ever read?