Five For Friday – Unfinished Reads

It’s pretty unusual for me to start a book and give up, even if I’m not enjoying it I will normally persist to the bitter end! However once in a while this does happen (shock horror). This weeks Five for Friday is all about those books that I started but still haven’t managed to finish, for a variety of reasons.

1.Outlander by Diana Garabold

How far did I get?
249 out of 863 pages

Why is it unfinished? 
I really tried hard with this novel, I loved the concept and I really wanted a new book series to love. Everyone at bookclub ranted and raved about how amazing this book is but I just didn’t see it. Apparently there are loads of raunchy sex scenes in it but 249 pages in and I haven’t read any. How much do I have to get through to get to the good stuff? Also the main character slightly annoyed me she just seems a bit whiney and irritating.

Will I continue reading it?
I would love to finish this book but it’s been 5 months and I still haven’t picked it back up. Think its a solid MAYBE. (I may cheat and watch the TV series, don’t judge me)


2. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

How far did I get?
85 out of 433 pages

Why is it unfinished?
Obviously I didn’t really give this book much of a chance. I was given this as a secret santa present at a book club I attend. I have only ever heard good things about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels. The story just didn’t grip me straight away and I have had so much that I have wanted to read that I felt I would enjoy more. So for now I have given up on this one.

Will I continue reading it?
I have good intentions to but I think it will be a NO

3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
How far did I get?
80 out of  pages 372

Why is it unfinished?
I wanted to love this book, it’s got so many amazing 5* reviews so I assumed I would. I struggled to get into it, I think partly because of the writing style, the plot seemed slow moving and I just wasn’t into it.

Will I continue reading it?
I won’t be trying to read the rest of this book, unless someone persuades me otherwise. A NO from me.

4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
How far did I get?
To the beginning of Part 2

Why is it unfinished?
To this day Lolita is a very controversial book, based around the character Humbert Humbert who has an obsession with the 12 year old Dolores Haze (Lolita) Basically it is narrated by the thoughts of a pedophile . It’s one of those books I just felt I HAD to read, I knew it was controversial and I was prepared to be creeped out. I got about half way through the novel, I didn’t particularly like the writing style but I plodded on with it. At first Humbert’s attraction to Lolita is mainly just fantasies and thoughts, but as soon as he started to want to touch her and she began to allow him, I really got creeped out and no part of me enjoyed reading it. It made me feel so uncomfortable and I knew things would just get worse. I understand why it was banned I don’t understand why this is such a classic.

Will I continue reading it?
100% NO

5. The Selected Works of TS Spivet by Rief Larson
How far did I get? 
About half way through.

Why is it unfinished? 
I found this book in a hostel when I was travelling. I really adored the film so was excited to find the book. It’s about a 12 year old cartographer and genius who gets a phone call to say he has won a very prestigious award for one of his inventions. He decides to leave home on his own and travel “like a hobo” on a freight train to claim his reward. Along the way he documents everything, which is also documented in the novel, drawings, quotes, illustrations are all intertwined with the novel and I loved it! The reason I didn’t finish this book wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy it, but I was flying to Australia,just me and my little backpack and the book just didn’t fit. It was a really large square heavy book. I really need to buy this so I can finish T S Spivet’s adventure across America.
Will I continue reading it?
I would love to, I just need to buy it 🙂 YES

Do you think I should persist with any of these books? Which ones do you think I should just give up on? Have you got any unfinished reads at home, will you neglect them or continue to finish them? I would love to know your thoughts, thanks for reading. Katie x

5 thoughts on “Five For Friday – Unfinished Reads

  1. thebookwormdrinketh says:

    “Outlander” definitely has a SLOW start…. I can understand getting frustrated. It does pick up and I eventually really enjoyed it! But, I can understand it being daunting when nothing is happening!! (I hear the show is REALLY good!)
    I can understand you not being able to get through “Lolita” …definitely weird and off-putting content…

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  2. FictionFan says:

    Definitely ditch Lolita – I can’t see why it’s considered a classic either. Not only did I find it unpleasant, but it gets so dull in the middle. Plus his writing style is so pretentious. I did enjoy The Kite Runner, but I actually preferred one of his other books, And the Mountains Echoed… 🙂

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