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This topic is a tricky one, because once I start reading a book, I generally force myself to see it through no matter how much I dislike it. But, much as I hate to admit it, there are a few unfinished book skeletons in my closet. So let’s unlock the door, unleash the bats and drag them into the light.

  1. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
    I know this series gets a lot of love, so please don’t incite a pitchfork-wielding riot. This wasn’t so much a “did not finish” as a “barely started.” About 25 pages in, I knew in my gut that I wasn’t going to finish before it came due at the library and I started accruing (more) fines. I’d give Red Queen maybe a 70% approval rating, so completing its sequel wasn’t something I was dying to do. So I cut my losses and gave some early relief to the next person on the hold list. Maybe another time, Little Lightning Girl. I still think your powers are awesome.e489df43-7fee-436a-95a6-b7c550d03cee-_cb300733319_
  2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (abridged)
    I was lucid enough to realize that the full version was too much to tackle, but I’ll be darned if the abridged didn’t get the best of me too. I grew listening to this musical, to the point where I can tell the original London recording from impostors based on a very brief slice of a song. Love the show to death, refuse to speak of Russell Crowe’s performance in the latest movie, and have been soundly beaten by the book.

    “To love another person is to see the face of God.”
  3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    I actually got an ARC of this at the 2011 American Library Association convention. Being sandwiched between two Brother Units in the sibling trio, video games were a draw for me, but I remember being put off by frequent profanity in the opening chapters. I’m no prude and laughed at Deadpool with the rest of the world, but I dislike reading foul language much more than hearing it. When the book came out and blew up the world, including being the all-freshman read at our local university, I had no desire to give it a second chance. Nobody I know matched my reaction to the language, but for whatever reason, my 2011 self wasn’t having it.readyplayerone_330x320
  4. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    I could not, could not, bring myself to finish this. I’m only mildly certain this is the one I quit on, because they have all melded together into whiny character mush in my mind. I wanted very badly to like the Beautiful Creatures books, in no small part because of their gorgeous covers, but was sadly disappointed and this is where I abandoned them.10757833
  5. Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
    Once again, I am only mildly certain this is where I quit. This is based upon a highly scientific process of being reasonably confident that I finished Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and decidedly doubtful that I actually made it to So Long and Thanks For All the Fish. I’m typically okay with weird and trippy, but this got to the point where I didn’t have the slightest clue what was happening, so I gave it up. I remember harboring vague suspicions that time travel was at play, and Arthur learning to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing. That is all.