Read with Abandon? October 25, 2007
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?
I’ve abandoned a few books this year. Here is my list:
1. Bel Canto by Anne Patchett
I can’t for the life of me figure out what anyone sees in this book. I was bored to tears. Every other line is devoted to a flowery description of the central character’s fabulous voice. I get it! She’s amazing! No need to pound me over the head with that fact! I gave it 200 pages to do something for me, and it didn’t.
2. Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
Now this is an author I like. My Sister’s Keeper was terrific. But there were just too many coincidental things happening here to make it even remotely believable. I didn’t care about the characters. I lost interest and never went back to it.
3. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
This is a classic, written in 1940, and chosen by Oprah for her Book Club. Lots of prose, not plot driven at all. I tried to like it. I may go back to it. Probably not.
4. When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
Very sappy and predictable. Too manipulative. Would probably do well on the Lifetime channel.
5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-
I know, I know. I will give it another try.