Blogmas Day 14: What to do when you don’t like a book

For a long time, I committed to the books I started reading. Along came the disappointment, frustration and anger at some of the books I read. You know that scene in Silver Linings Playbook where he throws the book out the window, that’s how I felt sometimes.

But not anymore! This year, I learned to put down the books I didn’t like.

There were quite a few actually, looking back now. I started ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and ‘Frankenstein’ but couldn’t find it in me to push through. I’ve put them back on my shelf and will pick them back up next year or so.

After the disappointing end of The Raven Boys, I started The Dream Thieves but couldn’t get into it. So I put it down. Who knows when I’ll continue reading that one… Maybe there will come a time when I feel like it. Or maybe someone will convince me that it gets better…

Most recently, I started reading The Golden Compass because Jen Campbell is doing a readalong in December and I thought ‘why not join her’ since I haven’t read the His Dark Materials trilogy yet. I read, put it down, picked it back up and tried to like it… but it just wasn’t going to happen. I don’t know why, I’m sure they are great books but I couldn’t do it. So I picked up Uprooted and read that instead.

There are so many great books out there, more than I could ever dream of reading, so why would I want to get stuck on something that isn’t working for me? Why would I risk getting dragged into a reading slump? It’s just not worth it.

Everyone likes different books, that’s what makes it interesting. I know there are people who have devoured the Raven Cycle books, I know there are people who would gush over Pullman’s His Dark Materials any chance they got but that doesn’t mean that I have to like them.

I wish I had gotten to this conclusion sooner, so that I didn’t waste my time on books like Paper Towns (I know, I know) or Noughts and Crosses. They might work for other people but they just didn’t for me. Instead of putting them away, I kept on reading, intend on finding out why people liked them so much. I was left feeling very disappointed. They just weren’t the books for me, or at least not the books I was supposed to read at that moment.

Do you commit to the books you read or do you stop when you feel that it’s not working?
What are some of the books you won’t finish? Or books that have left you disappointed?

It’s okay 😉 I won’t judge!



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