It's a coffee coloured world

October 7, 2008

walking away

Filed under: Uncategorized — coffeegirl88 @ 9:15 pm
Tags: ,

For the first time in my memory, I’ve had to walk away from a book I’m reading.  I am one of those who will suffer a lousy book just to finish it.  Even books I’ve hated since page 2 I continue reading through page 300 because I still want to know what happened.  I’m the same way with movies, I’ve suffered some real dozies just to see it through until the end.  But this time?  I can’t keep reading.  There is such a fatal flaw in the book, it’s probably the major plot point too, but it’s such an obvious “no don’t do that” I can’t keep reading.  I mean, the hero is suppose to be a government agent with years of experience in the field and he doesn’t see the folly of what’s being forced upon the heroine?  Nope.  I’m not going to suffer this stupidity for the sake of a finish.  Not this time.  It’s a shame too, I’ve liked other work by this writer.  Oh but that’s not my only problem.  It’s taken me five days to get to page 265.  I think there might be 100 more pages but I just don’t care. 

It feels funny, to have to step away, to add it to the donate pile without seeing it through to the end but I just can’t.  I know, I shouldn’t beat myself up like this.  I mean I have probably 100 more books on my to be read pile just begging for attention and I’m fussing over one dud. 

What else? 

I’m nearing the end of another knitting project.  I wasn’t expecting to have to fast track this one but well, it’s turned cold here and I need something to drape over my shoulders while I work on the computer.  I wanted to have fingerless gloves finished before the weather turned too, but well, I was expecting at least 2 or 3 weeks of temperate weather before the first freeze.  Best laid plans and all.

No movement on the writing.  I’ve been thinking hard about story while doing other things.  Now I just have to get to it.



  1. I find it so hard to walk away from a book too! A college experience I had really compounded the problem too. I had to read the book for an assignment and I was so not enjoying it. Then the last chapter or two totally turned the whole thing around, made it all click and make sense in a way. The book totally had to be read as a whole to judge it. Now every time I’m reading a book and thinking “wow, this is a painful experience” another voice pops into my head saying “but what if it’s like that other book? You’ll be totally missing out!” If it’s really bad, I still usually do put it down though. My ‘to-read’ list is much longer and has a lot more potential than a novel that makes me cringe or puts me to sleep.

    Comment by Jennifer — October 8, 2008 @ 12:36 am

  2. See that’s my problem, I hold out hope that it might be better but with this one, I’m still bugged by the coming plot twist. It’s stupid. The only thing that would bug me more about it, is if it’s actually nothing. There is no way to win with this one for me.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 8, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  3. I’ve forced some through, but now I seem to put the book aside and never pick it up again. After weeks, I’ll see it buried underneath a pile of other books I’ve read since then and realize it just wasn’t for me.

    But I’ve had wallbangers, too. Life’s too short and there are too many other books out there.

    Comment by pamwritesromance — October 9, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  4. I speed read the last 60 pages. Even then it was a waste. The big plot hole I saw, was completely ignored. There was a last minute toss in (kinda wonder if it was a subplot that got cut down but not out) and the catch of the “big bad” never happened. Should have just left it. On the upside, this was one of the library sale books, so I only paid 50 cents for it.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 9, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

  5. I used to do that too. Then I found some books worth reading to the end. Yet the books that REALLY bother me are the ones that are soooo good and then the ending is a dud. Or 3/4 of the book is focused entirely on the hero/heroine and then the last 1/4 they are setting up the next book.


    So keep away from books that don’t interest you or piss you off. Even if they are your favorite author. Trust me there is a better book for you out there.

    Yes, you can still call me Dr. Blue. 😉

    Comment by Melissa Blue — October 10, 2008 @ 1:34 am

  6. Oh I hate when it’s good, it’s good, then the last 20 pages or so just die.

    I should have stopped reading this book in particular after the first evening when I just didn’t care but I thought maybe it will get better. It didn’t. Like I said, it should take me 5 days to read a 300 page book. Two nights and that sucker should have been done.

    Of course I’ve also read a couple of really miserable books for the sport of how much worse could this actually get? One book pissed me off so bad I refuse to read anything else by the author. That is also one of the books I want to know how it got published it’s so bad. I mean, the bad guy (who we knew was twisted already) killed a puppy on the page, in a romance novel. I mean, WTF?

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 10, 2008 @ 8:18 am

  7. Of course I’ve also read a couple of really miserable books for the sport of how much worse could this actually get?

    Lol. I’ve done that and wondered if everyone had been doing drugs during the making of the novel. *le sigh*

    Comment by Melissa Blue — October 11, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: