This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…
“This week’s musing, courtesy of “iamciska.tumbler.com“,asks…
What was the last book you could not finish and why?”
I usually finish any book I start, no matter how appalling the book is.
On the rare occasions when I do give up on a book, I mainly give it up if it is longwinded, if the story goes nowhere and I fail to see the purpose of it all.
The last time I gave up on a book was about a year ago. It was The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers. The story even after 113 pages was going nowhere. The narrative was way too full of maritime details for my understanding. Descriptions of tides and sand banks and what not! It was supposed to be a spy thriller in the vein of John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps, one of my all time favourites, but sadly it turned out to be a dud. It was so boring! Nothing at all like The Thirty-Nine Steps.
One of my DNF was because it was boring too http://daystarz.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/musing-mondays-dec-10/
Going to check out your MM post now! 🙂
Boring is a good reason to quit. Here is my post:
Oh yes but I still have a hard time quitting books, even if they are boring.
Wow..I would have given up on that one before you did LOL.
Yeah I have a real hard time giving up on books even if they are boring me to tears. I should have given up before the 113 pages. 🙂
Yeah, that sounds like a dud.
Yeah it was. I was so disappointed.
I don’t know if its possible to make ‘sand tides’ interesting, especially in a spy thriller! lol Sorry this book disappointed you.
You’ve said it! What a waste of my time that was!