I was just about to participate in another meme when I noticed that I seem to be doing all the memes lately… I’m still debating doing it though as I think they’re a great way to inspire discussion among book bloggers and generate great ideas for my to-read pile, which despite my best efforts is still growing at a fairly alarming rate!
I’ve been a bit slow on the review front lately – basically, I started reading a book for review from NetGalley and it was taking me forever to get into it. I kept picking it up and putting it down again, skirting around it and eventually just avoiding it because it wasn’t doing anything for me but I felt like I had to finish it before I could move on to something else. I only managed to get halfway through it (in a week!) before I just hid from it.
Coincidentally, I’ve been reading some great blogs lately and came across quite a few posts about blogger-guilt surrounding books requested from publishers, or sent by publishers, for review and how some of you guys handle it when it ends up being a “please do not resuscitate, I just can’t finish this” book.
I’m still pretty new at the whole blogging thing, and until recently I hadn’t experienced this. Sure, I’ve received or requested some books for review that weren’t what I was expecting, and I was a little disappointed by them, but I still managed to finish them and write an honest review. In this case though, I was really struggling.
After my Stacking the Shelves post, I realised how many great books I’ve picked up lately that I’m super excited about reading, and how many books are just waiting on some lonely shelf in a bookstore for me to take them home, and I came to the conclusion that I just don’t have the time to dedicate a week, or even two, to trying to finish a book that is destroying my happy-place. Initially I did feel pretty bad for two main reasons:
- I requested this book, it wasn’t just randomly sent to me.
- I have a bookish OCD when it comes to finishing books, I can’t just leave the story hanging in mid-air and not know what happens!
(Which also happens to be why I dislike cliff-hangers in books and movies. I don’t mean cliff-hangers at the end of books in the middle of a series, I mean great big whopping, “I guess we’ll never know”, or “it leaves it open to the individual’s own interpretation” cliff-hangers that happen right at the very end. Admit it, it’s a cop-out).
My conclusion? I decided for my own sanity I had to just put the book down. I’ve provided my feedback to the publisher already, and I’d like to finish the book slowly, in my own time, and provide a review on here of what I thought and why I struggled with it. And, if for some reason I really, really don’t like it and don’t finish it, I’ve made the brave decision that I’m still going to do a Did Not Finish post. In the meantime, I’ve moved on to my eagerly anticipated reread of Noughts and Crosses (yay!), and I’m pleased to say we’re having a really great time!
Have you struggled with finishing review books before? What do you do about books you haven’t finished? Do you ignore them or write about them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!