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!

Most of the times I will finish a book because I hate to give it up halfway through since I have already spend half of my time reading it. However, there are times that I find it is just impossible to carry on reading so I will just give it up. This is the case where I find the story is going to nowhere (e.g. the plot drags and/or beating around the bush) or when I find the plot doesn't interest me anymore. And finally the last reason is that the book just isn't my cup of tea.

Two examples of the latter will be:

1) Paulo Coelho's Veronika Decides To Die (I just find the story depressing.)

2) Stephen King's Cell (I admit I wasn't interested about zombies story.)

Don't get me wrong. Although both of them are great talented authors and I did enjoy some of their other works, it was just that the above stories didn't hold my interest. I'm sure there are some other books which fits in this category but I couldn't recall them at the moment...

20 Responses
  1. Julia Says:

    I have never read any of these books you listed. However there were many time I did tempted to buy Stephen King's CELL...

    Happy BTT, I will have mine up shorty :)

  2. The Cell was depressing. And ended badly. Be glad you gave it up!

    Happy BTT!

  3. Jodie Robson Says:

    I used to hate to leave a book unfinished, but then I realised there wasn't enough to time to read everything I enjoyed, and decided that in future I would be ruthless!

  4. Debi Says:

    Oh no...I've got Cell sitting on my nightstand right now waiting to be read...

  5. Marg Says:

    I hate to leave a book unfinished as well! I managed to come up with three examples over the last two years!

  6. The only Stephen King I've read is the Shawshank Redemption which I really enjoyed but most of his books just don't appeal to me at all, I wouldn't even try to readthem!

  7. Amy Says:

    The only King book I have successfully finished is "It" and that was years ago. I tried "Cell" and "Lisey's Story" and abandoned both. Guess I am just not a fan but I can't say I didn't try. ;)

  8. teabird Says:

    I haven't read the Coehlo you mentioned, but I did hate The Alchemist...

  9. John Mutford Says:

    Wow, Coehlo is certainly taking a beating today!

    I read a lot of Stephen King books up until the mid 90s, but have rarely read many since. Though knowing that The Cell is about zombies oddly does appeal to me.

  10. Good answers Melody! I actually admire your ability to quit a book, I don't seem to possess that. I normally don't start books I don't think I would finish. Stephen King falls in that category, as does Tom Clancy. Too much to invest in their books, I think :)

    Happy Reading!

  11. Jane Says:

    You didn't miss anything with "Cell". I finished it and was very unsatisfied. Are King's best writing days behind him?

  12. Stephanie Says:

    I haven't read the Paulo Coehlo book, but I did read Cell. Certainly not one of his best works. But I liked it ok. Then again....I have a thing for Zombies!!

  13. pussreboots Says:

    I haven't tried either book. Happy BTT.

  14. Donna Says:

    I couldn't get through King's Pet Cemetery. It started to give me nightmares!

  15. Melody Says:

    Hey Julia! Perhaps you will think differently of the book, who knows? LOL.

    Hi Marianne! I'm glad I wasn't the only one who felt this way, hehe.

    Hi Geraniumcat! I too hate to leave a book unfinished, but I decided there are so many good books out there and I shouldn't waste my time on a book I don't really like. Time is too precious for me nowadays! ;P

    Hey Debi! Don't let my comment stop you from reading it. Go on, read it. Everyone of us have different opinions anyway. ;)

    Hi Marg! Three unfinished books over the past two years doesn't sounds so bad IMO. Hehe.

    Hi Crafty Green Poet! I have never read that one though... hmm... perhaps I have overlooked.

    Hi Amy! I enjoyed "It"! I haven't read "Lisey's Story" though, because I read some poor reviews and am still skeptical...

    Hi Teabird! I think I will skip "The Alchemist" since most readers didn't really like it.

    Hi John! Thanks for visiting. It's strange that I don't really mind watching a zombie movie though, LOL!

    Hi Stacy! I try not to chuck a book unless it's really really boring or bad IMO. Nowadays I tend to be more picky with the books I'm reading, hehe... and I must also thank to all the recommendations from my bloggie friends. :) They really help a lot!

    Hi Jaimie! Yes, I agree I still prefer King's earlier works. They are real classics IMO.

    Hi Stephanie! I don't mind it when it's a movie version though... Weird, I know, hehe...

    Hi Pussreboots! Thanks for visiting! :)

    Hi Donna! I don't mind "Pet Cemetery", had even watched the movie version!

  16. I have read only one book by Stephen King till date. That too a collection offour novellas. And after reading The Alchemist, I am not going to read any Coelho ever again

  17. I read the Cell and wasn't all that impressed with it, Melody. I found it more amusing than frightening. I am not a huge fan of gory horror novels, I guess.

  18. Melody Says:

    Hi Gautami! I haven't been reading any Stephen King's books lately... probably I still prefer his older works.

    Hi Wendy! I agree with you about that book that it is more amusing than frightening. I think I'm ok with the gory horror in books but not in movies! ;).

  19. Alice Says:

    I like Paolo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die despite its depressing story line. I don't enjoy the suffering but more like an eye opening experience, to be able to feel the pain of another person even though it is fiction. Sometimes, fiction is reality. I think I have read a few others such as the ones by Ray Kluun (Love Life) and Lolly Winston's Happiness Sold Separately. I'm not sadistic or anything like that though.

    The recent one which I abandoned is Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss -- the plot just doesn't interest me. I don't know what to do with the book...

  20. Melody Says:

    I understand your point, Alice. :)

    As for Kiran Desai's book, I haven't got the chance to pick it up yet. I have heard both good and bad remarks about it though.

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