Second Chance Books, Titles You Just Couldn’t Finish

It’s time to share the shame!

I am sure we have all experienced that awkward moment when a person asks, “Have you read…?” and you are forced to admit, “Actually, I tried but just couldn’t make it to the end. The book actually didn’t interest me”.

When I first started reading, there was no way I would stop reading a book even if I hated it. For months, I would struggle through reading a chapter a night, if I could manage it. Now, I don’t waste my precious reading time on books I either don’t like, or am not in the mood to read. There are too many great books out there waiting to be read, to waste my time on something I am not enjoying.

However, there are a few books I have abandoned and picked up again months or years later and enjoyed reading. ‘Jane Eyre’ was one of those books. Now I have read it I don’t understand why I didn’t enjoy it the first couple of times I tired. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read it; I suppose I will never know. Now however, it continues to be one of my all-time favourites.

I won’t go on to share the long list of books on my ‘couldn’t finish list’, I will save those for June’s Online Book Club reading recommendations when we tackle, ‘Second Chance Books’. Keep an eye out for a post in June with a complete list of titles.

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3 thoughts on “Second Chance Books, Titles You Just Couldn’t Finish

  1. I just couldn’t finish Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos, the NSW Reads title. I so wanted to enjoy it but I disliked the characters and there was a violent scene that just had me say ‘Enough’!

    • Hi Sue, I know exactly what you mean. I struggled with Lucky’s as well. I couldn’t read that particular part of the book either and admit I skimmed over the rest of the book. I will add Lucky’s to our list of ‘Second Chance’ titles. Thank you for sharing, Jody

  2. I couldn’t finish – Code Name Verity. It had great reviews, and I wanted to read something similar after finished The Book Thief. I just couldn’t get into it, and the story didn’t do it for me at all. (Also, the story line at the beginning was sort of unbelieveable).

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