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It has happened to me too. I have often tried to read on and regretted it, because the story kept haunting me, not so much giving me nightmares but leaving a sense of unease that didn't lift for a while. And just that was what made me decide I wouldn't do that - read on- again. So I applaud you for this decision. I consider it a way of compassionate self-care. Happy reading and a lovely weekend Danielle.


Yes, this has happened to me, too. Always a little disappointing, but there’s always another book around the corner ;) Hope you enjoy your weekend reading. I’m planning a reread of We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but will probably wait until October for that.


Yes, it has happened to me as well. I used to plod on and on, but, no longer do. I know I'm in the minority, but just could not get through The Goldfinch, which we read last year in our book group. We all agreed, years ago, that we would discuss the book AND its ending, even if someone hadn't finished the book.


I would like to check this one out and have just read another review of it. I don't mind unlikeable narrators but I still have to have something that is calling me to read the book. If it's not working out, well move on to another read.


Finally, someone else who didn’t like The Goldfinch. I thought I was the only one! I thought The Girl on the Train was highly overrated too.


Knowing when to stop reading a book is a good thing, I think. You can't love everything, right? And with so many books out there there are so many that would be better fits, so I am glad I didn't force myself through it even though it was a book club book. I hope you are well, too, Cath!


When you are thinking longingly of some other book while reading one that doesn't quite work, that is a sure sign it is time to set it aside and let it go to another reader! I loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I wouldn't mind rereading that one some time as well! It is starting to feel like fall, which makes writers like Shirley Jackson so appealing.


I don't mind knowing the endings on books like these--it isn't a spoiler if you don't plan on finishing/reading it anyway. I kind of want to know how it went, and I did take a peek at the end. I still don't think I missed anything! I have not tried The Goldfinch--I did buy the little mass market (well not so little really--lol) paperback edition of it. Will have to try it at some point!


I haven't read The Goldfinch, so I can't offer an opinion on that one, but I have to agree Girl on the Train was not my cup of tea either and the movie not much better. I am so tired of all the comparisons of suspenseful novels/thrillers to it and often I will shake my head no to a potential read if the blurb makes the comparison!


It has gotten lots of good reviews and I was very keen to try it. I do like a good creepy novel, but the voices were too disconcerting to me. I never want to persuade any other reader not to try a book, however! You'll have to let me know how you get on with it if you do pick it up!

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Some books just aren't for me- I'm not a fan of Steinbeck (though that might have a lot to do with how much I hated Robert Mitchum in The Red Pony, watched at an impressionable age, and Of Mice and Men struggled through at school). Even worse I'm distinctly ambivalent about Shakespeare- though I keep on trying with him. The last book that I ended up abandoning because it was so bad was the last but one Jilly Cooper (terrible on every level). It used to bother me more, especially with books I thought I should like, now I just happily move on.


There are authors (or types of books) I steer clear of, too. It think it is a good reader who knows her likes and while willing to try new things also doesn't get caught up in slogging through something that just isn't working! I approach Shakespeare with a lot of hesitation. I just don't get him most of the time and know I need time and a lot of effort to make it a good experience. I am much better these days about not feeling guilty about abandoning a book. There are just far too many out there that I want to at least try! :)


Definitely of the opinion that abandoning a book is sometimes necessary. Usually it's because I actively dislike the characters and don't care what happens to them. Now and then, it's the writing that gets to me. (I tend to avoid things written in the present tense...for some reason I find that irritating.) As you say, there are just too many books out there calling my name. I read primarily for enjoyment, so if I'm not enjoying the book, there has to be a really compelling reason to stick with it.


This is one I really did not feel bad about abandoning, and more--returning for a refund. I think if the story is for you, it is one a reader would like, but I was not the right audience. I have little aversions to some stories/styles, too, and that present tense is one I don't generally like either. There are just so many unread books that I am sure would be better fits, and that I might love. Why waste my time on something that is not giving me any sort of pleasure right??!

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