I Am Not the Audience for Some Books.

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.

book cover 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.


book coverPS 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.

book cover 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.

book coverAnd 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.

book coverI 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.


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18 thoughts on “I Am Not the Audience for Some Books.”

  1. Interesting to look at what you DON’T like for a change instead of what you do like! I haven’t tried any of these on your list. I rarely set a book down without finishing it, but there are definitely some that other people love that I just feel “eh” about. I would love to know your Goodreads trick! I think I just move it to “read” but with the category DNF.

    Thoughtful post!


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  2. It doesn’t happen often but if the thought “I just can’t…” enters my head while reading a book I’ve learned to stop. If its a review book I’ll contact the publicist and tell them that. Really, there’s no good reason to continue reading a book you don’t like. Good post.

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  3. I listened to Lonesome Dove years ago and it is long… I haven’t read any of the others. A couple look nice and I’m sorry they didn’t work for you. I have a hard time not finishing and I have 4 that are on my list that I plan to try again. We’ll see.
    It is interesting how reader tastes vary. Makes it interesting don’t you think? 🙂

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  4. I’m one of those who loved Lonesome Dove, much to my own surprise. Sorry it didn’t work for you! I keep looking at P.S. I Love You and deciding it’s not for me. I’ve had two books recently that didn’t work for me but everyone else seems to love–The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. I was hoping The Silent Patient would have a twist that I liked so I hung on until the bitter end. I knew within the first couple of chapters that Where Dreams Descend wasn’t the book for me. I should have marked it as a DNF right then. I kept reading because the synopsis was so intriguing. I am getting better about setting aside books that I’m not enjoying but I obviously still need to work on it. Great topic!

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  5. Hi there Kathryn! I must still figure out a way to sort my DNF’s a bit better. I’m getting better with letting go as I grow older. These days, I give a book about 40 pages. If I’m not hooked, I’m not going to continue.

    Have a wonderful week ahead! Here’s my The Sunday Post #12


  6. I don’t do horror very well. And I don’t like characters who do drugs. I like to finish books, but not if it feels like I’m dragging myself over muddy ground, so nope! I have a DNF category on goodreads, and also I finally figured out how to delete books if I feel I didn’t read enough to count at all.


  7. I’ve finally decided that basically any YA fiction isn’t for me. I can appreciate good writing or great characters but they never really click for me. Hate when that happens but definitely better to drop it then solider through.

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  8. I have so many more books this year that just weren’t for me. I may have to do a version of this topic! I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but I don’t think I would have finished them either! Good topic, Kathryn!

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  9. Horror and e-rom are really the only two big nos for me Kathryn and there is some horror that I have read and thought wait this isn’t horror its more of a thriller so that’s where I rely on my reader friends to lead me into the light. Thanks for sharing xo

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  10. I haven’t read any of these, but I did enjoy P.S. I Love You as a movie. Not so much the book. I have noticed that tendency in me…movies are preferable sometimes. Maybe because they are so visual, and right now I am loving immersing myself in images.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  11. I am so glad you posted this . I was just thinking about that subject matter. I sometimes wonder if its just me or missed something when a book just doesn’t do it for me excpecially a well rated book. If I am waving on the book I always check the Library list to see if they have it.


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