I seem to be having a lot of bad luck picking books lately. Since finishing Under the Rose, I’ve gone through 3 books, discarding each one only a few pages after getting into them–so close to the beginning of the book that it isn’t even worth reviewing the books. I’m not even sure what it is about them that bothered me so much–just that no matter what happened within the first few pages I just had to stop. With one book, I just couldn’t deal with the author’s voice. It sounded more like a synopsis than the beginning of a book and I HATE that. I just can’t stand it. It felt like I was reading the cover copy and it didn’t seem like that was going to change if I kept going, so that book went on the extreme DNF (Did Not Finish) pile. The next book I tried was only slightly better and I didn’t get much further into it than I had the previous book despite the fact that I had been waiting for it for a long time. Next, I thought I would re-read a book that I had on my Kindle, but I just wasn’t in the mood for it, so I found myself on the Queens Library Website, trolling for e-books. I ended up downloading 4 books–Midnight by Beverly Jenkins, Somebody to Love by Kristin Higgins, and 2 books by Heather Graham (The Unholy and The Uninvited).
I decided to start the Jenkins book and so far I’m not sure what to do with it. It isn’t bad, but right now I’m just meh about it. That’s exactly how I felt about the last book of hers that I read a few months back for the Smart Bitch book club–right until I got about 40% through the book, then I devoured it. With this book, I am at 23% and there are parts of it that are really wooden and feel like they’re right out of a text book, especially the parts about the history of Boston and the Massachusetts Bay Colony. I’m at the point where I’m not certain if I want to continue with the book or to force myself to read on. There was a time when I thought I had to finish a book no matter what, but those days are long gone. My question to you, my dear readers, is when do you decide that you’ve had enough with a book?