This week we have a great topic to explore …
Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading
It is always sad when it comes to this. A book has sat on my shelf until I no longer have any desire to read it. Sometimes, it is due to my reading habits changing. Others it is because I have sampled the authors writing in another story and decided it isn’t for me. Whatever the reason though, I always feel sad when I completely give up on a book, and here are ten I’ve decided to call it quits on.
I bought this book due to the recommendation of some friends. Even then I was worried about it, because I had read so many negative comments about it. But I really believe my lack of interest is simply that I’m tired of fantasy assassin/thief stories. I’m just burned out on them at this point and want a break from them.
My lack of desire to dive into this novel is a case of my reading wants not meshing well with the author’s writing style. Or to put it another way, I read another book by the author and was not overwhelmed by her writing. Nothing wrong with it. I’m sure others adore the author. It just isn’t for me, so why keep trying to force it at this point.
Grimdark. This subgenre and I have had a love-hate relationship for many years now. Overall, it has been more love than hate, but I’ve found myself growing weary of it lately. Don’t take that to mean I am now a grimdark hater, because I’m not, but I’ve found myself seeking something a bit more positive and hopefully, as the real world around me sinks into madness.
Every so often I’ll pick this book off my shelf, tell myself today is the day to finally give Goodkind a try. Then all the negative reviews I’ve read over the years will fill my head, and I will quickly place the novel back in its familiar spot and forget about it. At this point, I’m tired of lying to myself that I’m going to read this book and be one of the few who actually adore it. Time to pass it along to someone else who has the courage to actually give it a go.
Several years ago I read a fantasy book by this author and enjoyed it. Soon, thereafter, I spotted this novel at my local used bookstore and took a chance on it. Unfortunately, the story was a bit too generic for my tastes, but I kept the novel, telling myself I’d return to it another time. That was three-four years ago. I believe it is finally time to call it quits already.
People have compared this book to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Guy Gavriel Kay comparisons have abounded. And several reviewers I immensely respect have given this book/series a huge thumbs up. But . . . all the hype for this one turned me off. Every time I read a “hyped” book I get letdown, and the fact so many people hailed this as a genre changing masterpiece has made me not want to read it.
Mark Lawrence is an author whose work I usually love. The Broken Empire trilogy with Prince Jorg is among my all time favorites, and I can honestly say this series started off great before hitting a huge lull then heating up at the conclusion of book two. But for some reason I have no desire to see how it all ends. Even with the huge cliffhanger to start book three, I’m filled with a feeling of meh about the characters journey. Strange but true.
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. and I have had a pretty rough relationship over the years. The Magic of Recluce was an okay read, entertaining enough even if it wasn’t especially original or earth shattering in any way. Every other Modesitt novel I’ve read since has left me rather bored though. It almost seems like he is telling the same story over and over again. The only reason I even picked up Imager was reviewers saying how different this series was. It wasn’t.
God how I’ve wanted to fall in love with Brian Staveley’s books. Sad really when you try so hard to get on a bandwagon only to keep failing. Honestly, though, the first two books of this trilogy were okay reads, but even with that said, I lost all desire to finish the series once I completed Skullsworn. That book and I really, really did not hit it off, and my dislike of it has killed any desire I had to revisit these characters. Sure, I feel guilty for feeling that way, but I still do.
1. Ender’s Game
Nope, it isn’t politics that has caused Orson Scott Card’s most famous novel to be number one of this list. Rather, I find this type of science fiction Chosen One story fairly boring. I would probably have loved it when I was a teenager and envisioned myself as a Chosen One, but now my juvenile delusions of self-worthy are far behind me, and I find this sort of tale dull and boring. It really is as simple as that.
Well, that is the list. Yes, it was negative. Of course, I felt bad for putting these book son it. But, hey, I was trying to be honest. If you disagree with my choice, please convince me to take it off the list and give it one more try!