I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have a problem finishing a book and I don’t. However, it’s a bit harder for me to move on this time around because I’ve hit upon several books that I’m just not finding enjoyable and the more I see them sitting on my nightstand the less I want to return to them.
So tonight I’m setting them free. I’m removing the bookmarks and putting some back on the shelf for a later date and some are going to the donation bag. What to know which books I’m giving up on?
First is Murder in the Marais by Cara Black. This book has a wonderful setting, Paris. I could almost taste the croissants and imagine the investigator stepping into a cafe but Aimee Leduc is not an investigator who I could really warm up to. I hate to tell you exactly why because I would actually be spoiling part of the book but let’s just say I really question her judgement. Not all of my P.I.s have to be perfect, far from it but again, there was just something there I couldn’t quite get past.
This other choice is a hard one to give up on because I really think it’s a book I would like but not at this time and that’s Manservant and Maidservant. What makes this one hard for me to get into is that it’s mainly dialogue and when I’ve put it aside for a day or two it is a bit hard to get back into because you feel like you are stepping into an ongoing conversation.
Then there is Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn. This is such a charming and cozy mystery series but this third installment wasn’t working for me. I like the main character a lot, Daisy, but the cast of potential murderers come off a bit like caricatures at times. I don’t know if that’s because there are two foreigners and it seems their differences just stand out more or what. I think I’ll just move on to the next installment and pretend this one didn’t happen.
Finally, Alone With You by Marisa Silver which is a short story collection. I think I’ve realized that for short stories to work for me they have to feel almost like a novel. Here I found stories that didn’t seem to go anywhere and I couldn’t tie them together. In all fairness I only read three of the stories so maybe it would all come together for me at the end but I think I’ll put this one back on the shelf for now.
Now, my nightstand is clear and I can pick up a new book tonight. I’m excited. The only thing is, can I at least count all of these to count as one book toward my end of year totals? haha. What about you? Given up on any books recently?