10 Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down


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Face it, we all have those books. They seem interesting to read and everyone’s been hyping about how good it will be, then you get to the actual book, the chemistry is just not there. The book does not end up the way you expect. In this scenario, you have two possible outcomes: forge ahead and continue reading, or realize your mistake and back out before it’s too late. As a lady, who rarely backs away from a challenge, I usually do my best to forge ahead and continue reading. However, every once in a while, there is that elusive book that I cannot continue on for whatever reason. This is a list dedicated to those books.


Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García MárquezThis book was so cringe worthy in parts, I had to put it down. Overall, I found it to be another addition to my “why are these books classics list?”

Betty Boo by Claudia PiñeiroOh, I tried so hard to finish this lovely mystery novel. However, like every valiant book effort in my life, it failed miserably.

A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt-Ever since I finished watching Wolf Hall, a few summers ago, I’ve been obsessed with the tricky Thomas Cromwell. In my attempt to read more about him, I came across A Man For All Seasons (cue the Grease 2 song “Girl For All Seasons”). The only problem is that I can’t get past the Introduction.

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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezI read the first sentence and then promptly put it back on the shelf. Stared at the size of it, and wasn’t sure if I was ready for that type of commitment.

To Tame a Lady by Kasey Michaels-I loved the first book in this series so of course, I thought to myself, well, the second book will be just as great. After the first chapter with the annoying heroine, I had to call it quits.

1776 by David McCullough-For years, I’ve wanted to read 1776 when I finally scored it in a library book sale, I was so excited to read it. Then when I settled down to read it, I read the first two pages and basically went “oooh a shiny book” and tossed it aside. To this day, it has not been picked up again.

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith-I was sidetracked by a lovely book of poems that I’ll be writing a review for soon. I hope in the future, I’ll pick up this book, because I do enjoy reading the exploits of the NO.1 Detective Lady’s Agency.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White-I have tried reading this book twice this year! By twice I mean, I can’t get past the first 100 pages of it. It surprises me since I like stories dealing with Arthurian legend. Maybe one day, the stars will align right, and I will finish this book. For now, I will have to get my Arthurian kicks out Merlin.

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Shakespeare’s Wife by Germaine Greer-Like 1776. I was excited to score and read Shakespeare’s Wife after a long period of time, and then became distracted with another book that seemed more appealing. It’s an endless cycle with books and me.

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot-Ok, this book I eventually finished reading, but I had to put it down so many times. I find it amusing that I had such trouble finishing this book, because I like cats and think T.S. Eliot is a good poet for the most part. This book is lucky it was so short, or I would not have finished it.

What book have you most recently put down?

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