Musing Mondays – DNF

This week’s Musing Mondays asks

Is there a particular book that is your nemesis–the book you’re determined to one day finish?

One day I will read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. One day.

In general, though, I’m pretty quick to abandon a book without too much remorse. I might put it back on the shelf if I think it deserves another go when I’m less disposingly disposed.

And last week’s:

What was the last book you could not finish and why?

At time of writing, I haven’t abandoned Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman yet, but am likely to do so within the next 40 pages or so; I cannot abide a protagonist who does stupid, unpredictable things, and she’s just done exactly that – run off from her friends and climbed a few gates running away from them. For no reason, just because she felt like it. And then she climbed under the bed. I don’t understand!!

Most recently reviewed, Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg – it was so unbearably bleak.


5 thoughts on “Musing Mondays – DNF

  1. Janet 19 December 2012 at 3:18 am Reply

    Just gave up on The Elephant Keepers’ Children by Peter Hoeg. Made me wonder if I had lost my love of reading! What a relief to find I haven’t. I haven’t read Miss Smila and thought I’d try this one. Oh dear.

  2. Alex 19 December 2012 at 10:50 am Reply

    Do you usually get stuck in a particular point? I had to try three times before deciding to skip Tom Bombadil. After that it was full speed ahead.

    • readingwithtea 19 December 2012 at 10:56 am Reply

      Well, I try to stick out 100 pages or 25% whichever is shorter; I’m just writing a review right now of The Edible Woman which got a DNF at page 100 because nothing really seemed to have happened yet, the story is incredibly slow to get going.

  3. Charlie 19 December 2012 at 12:39 pm Reply

    One day I’ll read the second and third LOTR. But like you, one day. I found The Hobbit and first Rings so tedious, but they are so famous it’s difficult to say never. Characters that do weird things for a reason are okay, suddenly and without reason, difficult!

  4. lheskey 23 December 2012 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Yes, The Edible Woman was a weird one- I read it through to the end and will post a short summary of my thoughts soon. It was very slow paced- also agree with you there. I read The Hobbit a few weeks ago and I plan to read LOTR in 2013- we’ll see how I go with those…

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