Since I've been dong this blog, most of my posts have been either memes or reviews of books I've finished. I realized recently that I haven't given any time to the books I couldn't finish. There are so many books to read, and so little time to do it in, that I feel like dropping a book because it's boring or poorly written is often the best idea. That is why I'm starting my Giving Up and Moving On posts. In these posts I'll tell you which books I couldn't finish, and explain why I dropped them. Instead of a rating, I'll give a quick summary of what made me give up on that particular book.
The Vampire Lestat
After a long break, I have officially given up on The Vampire Lestat. This book just couldn't hold my interest long enough. I got about 150 pages in, and pretty much nothing had happened yet. Like the first book in the series, Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat is filled mostly with overwrought descriptions and lots of angst. Since this book isn't exactly a classic, it needs a plot to make it interesting, and without that it just becomes a long and boring string of the kind philosophical musings you'd expect from someone who is really high. I just couldn't make myself read one more angst-filled page.
Why I dropped it: To put it simply, it was boring.
I had mixed feelings about Remarkable Creatures going into it. On one hand, I'd heard lots of good reviews from many wonderful book bloggers, and I've always been interested in Mary Anning. On the other hand, the other book I'd read by Chevalier, Girl with a Pearl Earring, was incredibly boring, simplistic, and sometimes downright bad. I was hoping that the interesting character she had to base her story on would help make this one more exciting. Sadly, that wasn't the case. I got a ways into this one. Fossils had been discovered by the time I left, and yet I still didn't feel like anything was happening. The character development was non-existent and the plot was crawling. There were parts where I knew Chevalier intended to be meaningful or deep, but they just came off as contrived or cheesy, like something somebody would write rather than something somebody would actually think or say. With this book being as much of a failure as the last, I have officially given up on Tracy Chevalier.
Why I dropped it: It was boring, and the writing wasn't all that good either.
So that's what I haven't been reading lately. How do you all feel about giving up on books? Do you always push on to the end? Is there anything you've given up on recently? Anything you wish you had?
Have you read either of these? How did you feel about them? I'd love to hear what you have to say!