Hello, and welcome to the new year! If you are like me, then you might have a reading list every year, or at least a number goal of how many books to read in a year My goal for 2017 was to read seventeen books, and while I did not complete that goal, I am proud of the books I did finish. Part Two will entail to all the books I DID finish, because this was starting to become a lengthy blog for both subjects! Part two will be uploaded tomorrow, so come back and read the books I was able to read this past year. 🙂
Why I usually don’t finish a book
There are a few books which, either because of the lack of interest or issues with the book, I did not complete. Just as a side note about the books I did not complete: every year, there seems to be a list of books I didn’t finish. I am very friendly to books and authors, so I always give second chances.
Sometimes, I try to juggle too much with life, writing, and reading. Some months this past year, I didn’t get to read much, nor did I get to even start a book (mid-year and the end of the year, specifically). I may be the only one, but some days I pick the wrong book to read at the wrong time, in my personal life. I try to pick books at random, based on what I believe I need to read at that moment and halfway through, I sometimes find out that I am not ready for the book, or need to wait a few months to read it.
And then there are a select few on my did not finish list, that I struggled with the way it was written. One book in particular, during October/November, I struggled with reading because of how long it took to get from point A to B, as well as the switched writing style from the first chapter to the second.
Still wished I could’ve finished this book in 2017, but alas, I did not.
Here is the small list of books I did not complete:
King Arthur, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is one classic I struggle with completing. About every year, I attempt to read this book, and I never get past chapter two. It is most likely because of the wordage that its written in, that makes it difficult for me to focus in on and read. I do enjoy the story about King Arthur, though!
Another book I struggled with, due to the wordage, was yet another classic: Kipling, A Selection of His Stories and Poems Volume 1. I was trying to start this book in the fall, and wasn’t able to concentrate with everything going on in my little corner of the world. I do plan on re-reading this one again, however. The story that starts out the volume, by the way is Kim.
The Badgers of Sommercombe was one I just couldn’t get behind, after reading three pages in. This one falls on the way the story was written that I wasn’t able to focus on. I love badgers and nature, so that was fantastic for me. The downside was how everything was described and set in motion in slow terms. That may just be a personal writing style I try to avoid myself, because I don’t enjoy reading that style much either. I don’t think I will try to read this again any time soon. My Grandmother, wasn’t too thrilled that I didn’t like one of her favorite books (she prefers a slower story telling than I do).
Typically, I don’t read many history books. In the early spring, I attempted to read Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton. I was able to get 100 pages in before I had to return it to the library. I do hope to check out the book again, and finish it. I loved the story and was able to enjoy it a lot!
And finally, the last book I did not complete in 2017. This was one that actually, had my attention for 100 pages. BUT because the author “switched” how she was telling this true story mystery (went from “here’s a point of view of what happened” to facts and minor story plots), I soon found it hard to continue reading. I suppose I was looking more for storytelling of the events, not so much as how we got to the murder. The book I am referring to is The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale. Because of how many details are in the book, I lost interest in the book, but not the murder. There is a British TV series on the murder made in 2011 that I would love to see told. Loved the story, just not all the facts that were stretched out in the story.
What books were you weren’t able to finish in 2017? What’s been the most difficult book for you to go back, and try to read though? Let me know in the comments. Feel free to follow me here on my blog, as well as all major social media platforms!