Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson: I made it 70 pages into this book and just couldn’t go on. I heard so many great things about it, was excited to read it, the plot sounded great on paper, but I just couldn’t get into it. It moved so slowly, had a lot of superfluous details, and the relationship between the Major and Mrs. Ali wasn’t developing fast enough to hold my interest.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin: I only made it about 50 pages in. Maybe I made the mistake of reading it while I was watching the show, but it just moved so slowly. There was also a ton of excess details and I just wanted to find out what was happening. I really wanted to love it and maybe I’ll pick it up sometime in the future, we’ll see. But it’s also really long and I had to return it to the library. Everyone said this is the best fantasy series out there so I’m a bit disappointed because I’ve yet to find some great fantasy reads.
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward: Everyone’s been talking about this series so I decided to give it a go. I got it from the library but it had pages missing so I requested another copy. 60 pages in and I was done. The names of the characters were just so cheesy and I know it’s not meant to be a great work of literature, but I just couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t enough to hold my interest or make me care about the main characters. The world seems really interesting and well thought out though.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon: I’d heard such great things about Zafon and I was dying to get my hands on this book. It started off really great and I couldn’t put it down. But 160 pages in I was struggling to stay interested. It seemed like it was unnecessarily long and the plot took a ton of twists and turns, avoiding the main point. Maybe all this was necessary to culminate in what I’ve heard is an epic ending, but I just couldn’t stick it out and find out. There were some pretty great quotes though, like: There’s no such thing as dead languages, only dormant minds. (15) I could try to tell you the story, but it would be like describing a cathedral by saying it’s a pile of stones ending in a spire. (29)
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons: Another book I was excited about but didn’t live up to my expectations. I wondered how the author would keep this story going for so long and she did a pretty good job, but it just took too long and had so much extra information that I lost interest. I got close to finishing (247 pages) but realized I just couldn’t justify wasting any more time on it just to say I’d finished it.
Shining Through by Susan Isaacs: I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the book that one of my favorite movies is based on. Unfortunately this was a case of the movie being better than the book as they were completely different.