With every year, there are always a few books that you start and don’t finish. For me, I had six this year.
A Crown of Swords: I’m not sure why I didn’t finish this one. I blew through the first few books of the series in 2019, but hit a wall around August and read more slowly. And then at some point this year, I just gave up completely on this. Steven teases me about this at nearly every turn, because the book is sitting on my coffee table, taunting me. It’s also frustrating for me, because I wanted to finish this series within a year (which was probably ambitious, even for me), and I way more than enough time this year to start working on it. I finished one book in the series (the previous one), and then I started this one, forgot what I was reading, and just kind of let it languish on my coffee table for the rest of the year. I think I started this back in January or even February? It’s hard to remember now. All I know is that I need to finish it at some point, because I have so many more books in the series to read.
We Ride Upon Sticks: I got this as a Fantastic Stranglings book club book, but for some reason I couldn’t get into it. The premise sounds amazing, but the actual beginning of the book is so dull that I can’t bring myself to get past the first few chapters. I’ve tried at least twice to read this book, and I always end up putting it down and forgetting about it within a few chapters. It’s just not that interesting to me, which sucks because it sounded so cool. I mean, a retelling of the Salem stories (or a continuation, as it may be) but the girls are hockey players (thus the “stick” part of the title)? It sounds like it’d be right up my alley! But then again, there have been a few Salem-oriented books that I haven’t been able to finish. (I got an AR copy of Witches when I worked at the bookstore, but I don’t think I’ve gotten past the first page of that one. And I’ve heard good things about that one, too!)
The Color of Law: I picked this one up as a Kindle book after I finished reading White Fragility, and I thought I’d be able to blow through it in a day like I did with the other. That was not the case, and every time I picked up my Kindle, this book stared out at me like an accusation (so I haven’t picked up my Kindle in a while, ha). I don’t know why this one isn’t more interesting to me. It ticks off all of my “interesting non-fiction” boxes, but I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe it was too dense, maybe I was having an off day. I’ll figure it out eventually, I guess. It’s one that I need to read (especially since I spent money on it!), but maybe it’s one of those where you have to get past the first few chapters before you start getting into it. Or maybe it’s just got too much legalese in it and that’s what’s keeping me out.
The Bone Shard Daughter: This was August’s Fantastic Stranglings Book, and I was so excited for it. It sounded really awesome, but I read about 100 pages and then realized I didn’t remember anything. I’m usually really good about perspective switching in books, too — I remember one class in grad school where we had to read The Martian, and the non-English majors in the class (it was a polisci/English class) were incredibly confused about the changing perspectives in the book. They’d never read a book that had more than one thing going on at once, and it was eye-opening to me. I put the book down for now, but I’m hoping to maybe go back and finish it in 2021. It had a good premise, and I’ve heard so many good things about it, but for some reason I just couldn’t finish it.
The Irregulars: I started this one after finishing A Woman of No Importance because it’s been sitting on my shelf since literally February 2014 and I figured I should get the male perspective on spying in World War II since I’d just gotten the female perspective. Alas, I read about a third of the book and, again, realized that I didn’t remember a single thing about what I just read. Considering the book is about Roald Dahl (of Matilda and The BFG fame), it’s so incredibly dry and boring, which was a major disappointment. I know that everything can’t be fast paced and interesting all the time, but this was just bad for me. I’ll probably end up putting it in a donation box sometime soon, because it’s just taking up valuable space on my shelf at this point.
Day: I’ll admit that I picked this one up (along with Dawn) in order to help jam my way towards the 50-book goal of my GoodReads reading challenge this year, but while I was able to finish Dawn (although that was a struggle, too), Day is another one of those books where I just couldn’t get into it. I won’t say I enjoyed Night (because how can you enjoy a book about such a horrible subject?), but it wasn’t nearly as much of a struggle to read as Wiesel’s two fiction novellas. I feel like such a terrible person, but these books are probably going to go straight into the donation bin and this one will remain unfinished.
Have you read any of the books on my Unfinished List of 2020? What were your feelings on them – and should I give them another shot before tossing them in the donate pile? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.