Book Blogger Hop | What was the last book you started to read but couldn’t finish?

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What was the last book you started to read but couldn’t finish?

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)


Surprisingly, it was The Awakening by Nora Roberts. It came out right before Thanksgiving, and I made time to read it over the holiday weekend. For some reason, though, that week my brain just would not settle. I was so distracted. I started reading it, but I just did not have the patience to follow the words. It didn’t pull me in from page 1, and I really needed a book that would, so I put it aside.

I have heard great things from people who have read it. And, I don’t doubt it, as I always enjoy Nora Roberts fantasy stories. I haven’t found one that I didn’t enjoy. I think that the week of Thanksgiving was just not the right time to read it for me.

I’m pretty ahead in my Christmas prep. My in-laws are staying home this year instead of driving down to spend the holiday with us, and I am taking some time to read what I want to read not what I need to for the next review. So with all this, I am hoping to pick it back up again and this time be able to focus. 🤞

What was the last book you started to read but couldn’t finish?

20 Replies to “Book Blogger Hop | What was the last book you started to read but couldn’t finish?”

  1. That one surprised me! But, it’s that kind of story that probably was polar opposite of where the mind and heart would be at Thanksgiving. I’ve got it on audio waiting in the wings.

    I wish I could put books aside but once I start, I slug it out no matter what (FOMO anxiety). To date, I’ve only had one book labeled as a DNF after trying everything to get beyond the first chapter. It was Angle of Repose, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that was highly regarded. I even went out on the boat with my hubby as he was fishing (I hate fishing), thinking that would force me to read the book. I ended up fishing.

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    1. Lol. I once had a colleague criticize me because I have an English degree but I typically don’t read books that win awards, especially a Pulitzer Prize. My experience and education, though, taught me that books such as Angle of Repose take a lot of my energy to read whereas I would rather be entertained, which is invigorating. But that’s just my personal experience. I definitely applaud books that win awards and the talent of the author.

      I’m sure that I will be able to get into The Awakening now that my mind has settled down. I always love her fantasies ❤️

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  2. I decided not to read any more trilogies until the last one publishes. A year is a long time between books, and I find I have to reread the prior books to be ‘current’. 2020 rule!

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  3. I haven’t read Nora Roberts in a while, but I always enjoyed her work. I’m surprised. But I’ve found it hard to get my brain to settle on anything lately.

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    1. I think all the new restrictions on top of very different holidays and just having much to do led my brain to a distracted place. I’m much more calm now though, so hopefully when I pick the book up again, I will find it was just a crazy momentary thing.

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  4. I have one for review about a month ago that I just lost interest in. The world-building started out great, but then it seemed to take over everything and got in the way of the storyline. I wound up skimming the rest of it around the 60% mark.

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  5. I read a lot of indies and routinely will try one that I just can’t finish. But that’s not limited to indies. Twice I tried both Jemisin’s The Fifth Season and Erikson’s Gardens of the Moon and just couldn’t get into them. And so many readers love them. Just goes to show the variety of reader tastes, and I love that!

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  6. The last book I couldn’t finish was The Blood in the Water by Gillian Galbraith. It just did not hold my interest. I was disappointed as I had heard she was a very good thriller writer.

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    1. I’ve heard the name too but I haven’t read anything by that author. It’s such a let down when you go into a book expecting one thing but find out your taste is different.

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  7. The last book I started and couldn’t finish was Six of Crows! I loved the Grisha series and heard SO MANY GOOD things about SOC. But I got about half way through it before I realized I wasn’t just enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I’m not sure why exactly but I wasn’t enthralled and staying up all night to finish it.

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    1. There are definitely too many enjoyable books out there to worry about finishing books that aren’t to your liking. I need to to remember that, for sure.

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