Normally I don’t have any habit of flinging books across the room :); not only because I am not a highly emotional person, but also because I always choose with care books that I want to read. I don’t fancy reading ARCs, and even sometimes when I pick newly published books, they are usually from authors I really like (in this case: John Grisham, J.K. Rowling, Laurie R. King—for the Mary Russell series, Jostein Gaarder, and Ken Follett). I have also an intuition of knowing which book I might and might not like (I usually consult Goodreads for this); and therefore my choices are rarely betray me. But on rarely occasions I might stumble upon books I have misjudged; which I can’t even finish.
One of these last cases was a classic, which I already knew from the start that I won’t like, but everybody love it, even recommended me to read, that I doubted my first intuition. Maybe I have misjudged it, maybe I ought to give it a try. And so, I bought the book, and I even hosted a read-along for it, to encourage me to finish it. That book is….
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
…which turned out to be a big failure… :(
I knew almost instantly after going through first chapter; the writing didn’t stir my interest or liking as I usually feel with books I like. But I kept reading, partly because I hosted the read along anyway :) and partly because I was curious why people fancy it so much. Surprisingly I managed to read four of five parts (grudgingly along the way), but I have had enough when reaching part five, and decided not to finish it (yes, despite the fact that I have wasted my time for the four parts!).
The story is not so bad, but I guess Mitchell’s writing doesn’t fit my taste. Perhaps she is too “feminine” for me, and I didn’t feel like reading a literary work then. GWTW felt more like a chicklit to me, with historical background which, fortunately, is quite interesting, that I gave three instead of two stars.
I still have the book now—and never really flung it across the room :)—but I never put it in my shelf either….
What about you? Do you have any book you’ve never finished?
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