Thursday, July 7, 2011

Let's talk about Books Sharon Could Not Finish

Before y'all get bent out of shape, this is just a few of the books that *I* couldn't finish. Just because I didn't like them doesn't mean that someone else didn't.

I tried really hard to get through this one. I really did. I just couldn't. The noir thing just doesn't do it for me and I really didn't see a lot of teen appeal. Plus, I had trouble following the story and caring about the characters. I think I got about halfway through this one.

I picked this one up because the kids were raving about it. I don't know if it's my age or what, but I just can't read books that have *that* many different fonts. I could barely see the emails let alone understand them.

I think I got through 2 chapters. I'll take the kids word for it!

I tried listening to this one because a friend recommended it. I got through a little more than half of it before I gave up. The problem is that I just didn't care. I didn't know for whom I should be rooting and why. And in the end, I decided that I just didn't care to see what happened.

I tried this one before I gave up trying Printz winners just because of the seal. I got through about a chapter of it before i gave up. I just couldn't follow the jumble of events. Maybe I'll try it again later. Or maybe not.

I tried this one mainly because it looked funny. It was a while ago, but I remember thinking that the author kept saying the same thing over and over again to explain the plight of vampires. Blah blah. Who else is sick of vampires? I think I got through 5 chapters.

Does anyone else have a list of shame like this? :)


Brandy said...

I really liked Jellicoe Road, but it does take FOREVER before the story comes together.

Wish You Were Dead, I made it all the way through because (a) I had to review it, and (b) it brought me back to my RL Stine (Fear Street)/Christopher Pike 8th-grade self, with that sort of Teen Thriller vibe. I'm unreasonably proud that the blurb for the audio excerpts a line ("hits all the right notes of a teen thriller") from my otherwise-mediocre review.

My Shelf of Shame is mostly grown-up books, but also Witch & Wizard (James Patterson) because the writing was just terrible, The Bar Code Tattoo (Suzanne Weyn) because the dialogue was mostly of the "As you know..." variety that also plagued the more-recent XVI, and The Omnivore's Dilemma For Kids due to sloppy, shoddy research and no citations.

Alissa said...

How far did you get in Chime? I really liked it (but it was really the last third of the book that sealed it for me) and I wouldn't be surprised to see it get some Printz buzz.

Sharon said...

I would have finished You Killed Wesley Payne but I felt like there were so many other books I could be reading instead. :)

I didn't make it to the last third of Chime. I just didn't care. It figures it'll get Printz buzz...