Well obviously I know some books aren’t for me and I never pick them up. Horror for example or anything scary! But sometimes I think a book is for me but then…
Sometimes I don’t finish the book. I found a way of marking them for myself on Goodreads and then they don’t go on my read shelf, nor do they sit in my TBR. These are all books that have been well acclaimed by other readers, but they just didn’t hit me for one reason or another. It was interesting to go back, and see how others found them and what ratings they stand at, at this time. It was also interesting to reflect on why they didn’t work for me and why I am not the right audience for these books.
I fully expected to like this one, (library book) but I just found myself not able to get into it. I think possibly it was the first person point of view with the constant train of thought process. Another day it might have been for me, but I just wasn’t in the mood. So a good book – a 3.84 rating on Goodreads with over 11 500 ratings.
PS I Love You, I gave it longer than I should. While it had an important issue, the tone of the book felt odd and I got sick of the pubs and the drinking so in the end I couldn’t hang in there. I sent it on by donating it to the book fair. Another good book, it has a rating of 4.2 on Goodreads and over 355 000 have rated it.
I know this one is regarded as a kind of classic, and again I really wanted to like it. But it was just a little too serious and long and dusty for me, so after awhile I decided to donate it to the book fair as well and declare defeat. On Goodreads it has a rating of 4.48 from over 146 000 ratings.
And here is another book I crashed and burned on. On being a little way in I have decided I am not the audience for this book. So far the heroine is whiny and first person narrative has to be really good to hold me. I also don’t appreciate the language, so I am not prepared to commit valuable reading time to it. I am sure though other audiences will possibly be quite happy to read it. It has a Goodreads rating of 3.85 with ratings from over 1380 readers.
I didn’t write my thoughts at the time about this one so I think I didn’t get very far into it and returned it to the library for more appreciative readers. Maybe I didn’t give it enough chance or could have been too literary for me. Goodreads rating is 3.74 from almost 32 000 ratings.
So books that are first person, chatty style books aren’t for me most likely, nor are some more literary books. They might be suited for you as a reader but they are ones I’ve put down. Possibly for ever, or for another time.