Saturday, May 30, 2015

Books We Didn't Finish - May Edition

How to be a Good Wife:  This was one of those books that I thought was going to be a super awesome psychological thrillers.  It wasn't really.  It was about a housewife that spends most of her time either drugged up or coming off the drugs.  Her husband was making her take them, because apparently the key to being a good housewife is staying drugged up.  I didn't like the unreliable narrator and her hallucinations.  It just got boring after awhile.
Cuts Through Bone:  I didn't get through much of this book before putting it down.  It had the feel of being a like a detective noir novel and I don't like that.  I felt like I had to read it in a Humprey Bogart voice or something.
Gideon:  Started with a family tree.  Kari and I had just discussed how that was always a bad sign regarding another book she was reading.  It didn't bode well for this book either.  If you need to put a family tree in the beginning of your book, it's too complicated.  Seriously, just don't make books this hard to read.  I shouldn't have to flip to the family tree in the front to figure out what's going on.
The Pocket Wife:  The main character was so hysterical and whiny.  I listened to this one on audiobook and maybe that tainted the characters for me, but I couldn't stand to listen to anymore of the character and her whiny voice and complaining about everything.  This was just not a book for me. (Kari didn't like this one either!)

The Country of Ice Cream Star:  Vernacular/Dialect.  I don't like when books are written in weird language that I have to spend time trying to decipher.  I understand the purpose, but I don't care to read books written like that.

Beauty:  I liked the idea of the book, but I don't understand finance and things like mergers.  I think the author had the concepts fairly dumbed down so normal people could understand it, but it was still pretty boring stuff.

Crash and Burn:  First off, I didn't care for the font that this book was printed in.  I looked for one of those pages where it says what it is and I couldn't find it, but it was something tall and narrow and dense.  This book already had a bunch of pages and the dense font made it even more...wordy.  That wouldn't be so terrible, but those words were profane.  I got really tired of it after 70 or so pages.
Geek Girl-Wow, I really thought I was going to like this book.  I went in expecting a light and fluffy YA book.  I felt like it was over the top immature.  I didn't care for the main character.  She seemed like she was supposed to be an older teenager, but she acted like a much younger child.  I didn't care for the disparity.

Tinseltown: I think this is definitely a case of why I don't read a lot of non-fiction.  I got bored with it and wanted to cut to the chase quickly.  I ended up learning more about it by using Google than the book.  I lost track of the players in the crime.  I could see what the author was trying to do with the book, but he too hard to make it a book noir.

Love and Other theories: I was hoping for a quirky and amusing YA, but I knew right away the girls were going to be mean girls who would annoy me.  I just wasn't willing to give up my reading time to finishing the book.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover:  It really makes me sad to not finish this one. I loved the first three books in the series.  I just found this one repetitive and boring. How many times do I need to be reminded that she has to marry for her daughter's reputation?  I thought her motives for marrying were dumb given the way she shirked convention most of her life. I did skip to the end to read the HEA and see how the previous characters turned out.

Where They Found her: I think I just wasn't in the mood for this one.  I'm not sure what I was thinking starting a book about a dead infant. I usually find these types of books depressing.  After reading the first chapter, I knew it wasn't  for me.  (Autumn didn't like this one either!!)

Red Queen: I had a hard time orienting myself to the world in this book.  The book had a big lack of world development in the beginning.  I felt like I had walked into the middle of a movie and couldn't catch up.

The Day Before: I really tried to get into this book.  But I couldn't. It's another case of poor initial world development.  I had no idea what was going on with the characters.  Once they started talking clones, my eyes glazed over and I gave up.

1 comment:

Ashley Farley said...

I'm sorry you didn't like Where They Found Her. I listened to it on audio and LOVED it. No doubt it's kind of depressing, but a great read. Ashley at Chronicles