Five (Popular) Books I Couldn't Finish!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013
I was trying to think of a post to do today, different from anything I've ever done before, and decided on this! I've never really talked about any books I've not finished so, hopefully, you'll enjoy this little change! Just so you know, I am most definitely not trying to bash any authors, offend any people that have already read these books and loved them or encourage anybody not to read them! On the contrary, I'd love to know your own opinions - whether you share the same feelings as myself or are the complete opposite and loved some of these books! So, without further-a-do, here we go! :)

The Glimpse (The Glimpse #1) by Claire Merle:
There are actually a few reasons I didn't really enjoy this one and I'm pretty sure one of the main reasons will make you laugh. That reason, you ask? Well, it was the age gap between the main character, Ana and the love interest (Ana being 17/18 and Cole, 24, I think). It sounds so strange but it really got on my nerves for some reason! I also found the writing to be too slow-paced for me - plus, nothing that exciting was happening to keep me hooked! So, after a while, I decided to call it quits. :(
Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle #3) by Christopher Paolini:

Now, I'm sure most of you will know that these books have a very... shall we say, advanced writing style. It requires a LOT of concentration. I actually read these a few years back and managed to struggle through the first two in the series before admitting defeat a little ways into the third book. The writing style was just too much for me and the pacing I found too slow. I felt like pretty huge chunks of the book could've been cut out... There were also a lot of places and people mentioned over all three books and in Brisingr I just couldn't remember who was who and where was where etc. So it just took all the enjoyment out of it for me and I put it down.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson:

Remember a couple years back when this book was at the height of it's popularity and everyone seemed to love it? Well, I just couldn't get into it. True enough, even I'm not sure I read enough pages in to say I gave it a fair go but I just could not get into it one bit. I couldn't empathise with the main character, Lennie or see any sort-of promising foundation in her and Toby's relationship... But, you never know, maybe I'll try it again some day and see if I can get more into it! :)

The Repossession (Repossession #1) by Sam Hawksmoor:

I won this one in a giveaway from a bloggy friend who'd absolutely loved it. So I cracked it open preparing to love it too but, alas, I read quite a good bit into it and had to give up. The plot was really strange and the writing wasn't hooking me enough that I was constantly wanting to continue reading on. I also didn't see the 'wow-factor' in Genie and Rian's relationship... So there was really nothing there to keep me entertained.

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl:

I remember reading 246 pages of this before finally putting it down. The pacing was too slow, as much as the main character, Ethan was a nice guy, I couldn't empathise with him and nothing much happened in the majority of the book I read that made it look promising. There wasn't any action to keep me glued... Not much going on at all. So, unfortunately, I ended up not finishing it.

What about you? Did you like/love some of these books? Why, what did you enjoy about them? Or were you the same as me and didn't really enjoy them and had to put them down? Comment below with your thoughts!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo


  1. I couldn't finish Beautiful Creatures, either, but you made it much farther in the book than I did! The characters made no sense to me, and the male narrator sounded very much like a six year old girl. :/

  2. I haven't read all of them but I heard that Christopher Paolini's books are indeed heavy (my friend said that). I've heard a lot of negatives for Beautiful Creature so I haven't given it a try xD you know that I just DNF a book right? (Linked by Imogen Howson) speaking of negative review... I suddenly have this terrible feeling that I was too rude on my review of it :/ I definitely tried not to be rude but still as honest as possible.

  3. But! But! I love The Sky Is Everywhere!!! The Lennie + Toby relationship WAS frustrating.. I just loved the writing and the overall story :)

  4. Great post! It is such a shame you put these books down, but it has definitely happened to me before. I can see why you didn't like Glimpse, a 7 year age gap isn't really ... ;) I have Beautiful Creatures on my TBR pile but I keep putting off reading it for the reasons you said. Slow pacing is NOT my thing and I have a feeling that I'll mark it as a DNF too.

    But I LOVED The Sky is Everywhere! The language is so beautiful and I love the poetry. Thanks for sharing, Rachel! :)

  5. I really liked The Sky is Everywhere, but I agree with you about Beautiful Creatures. I only got through about 100 pages before giving up. It really surprised me, since I'd picked it up because of the fact that I hadn't read a single bad review of it! But I just couldn't get into it. I guess it's not my thing. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one, though!

  6. I really liked The Sky is Everywhere so I'm sorry you didn't like it :( I wasn't a huge fan of the Inheritance series either so I totally agree with you there! Beautiful Creatures just irritated me, I don't remember why since I read it ages ago but I remembered disliking it enough that I actively avoided the movie too - good thing since I heard it was awful! :p

  7. I've heard that BC wasn't great and neither was the film, so I haven't picked it up, but it's on my shelf. My brother told me about The Inheritance Cycle, we've got them all, and they said it's good, but soooo loonng. Apparently there's a whole chapter on making a sword--which no one cares about. Lol.

  8. Thank Heavens I'm not the only one who didn't enjoy Beautiful Creatures. I couldn't even get past the first few chapters.. I'll probably try it again as it was $20 but I just found it boring.

  9. I read Beautiful Creatures, and I totally agree with you. I read it because of all the hype surrounding it, but I found it to be a bit wordy. It would describe a setting with EXCRUCIATING detail. Like, I get it! I like when an author can paint a picture with words, but... let's not overdo it. I will say that the ending was a lot better than the rest of the novel, but still, I wouldn't say it made up for the rest. Great post!

  10. I haven't read any of those books before, and to be honest I don't think I will because I think I'd dislike them because of the same reasons you stated. I didn't really like The Fifth Wave and everyone else did, so I kinda feel left out there! Interesting post!


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