Booking Through Thursday — Is there a book you wish you could unread? One that you disliked so thoroughly you wish you could just forget that you ever read it?

Well, I would have to say “no” to this question. In the first place, if I don’t like a book in the first page or so, it never gets any further than that. I am not the sort that can just sit down and read anything, I have to like it.

There are, however, a few books that start out slow but I keep on going and, at the end of the day, they usually turn out to be can’t-put-them-down-page-turners. I do believe in giving a book a chance so in order for me to give it up on the first page, it has to be something that I am really not interested in or just doesn’t grab me at all.

There are a few books that I like, that I WANT to like but find getting through them similar to walking through quicksand. “London” would be one of these books. I enjoy it while I am reading it but it seems like it just takes forever to read a page. “London” is taking a sabbatical right now — I will get back to it.

I have never, however, read a book that I wish I hadn’t read.

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6 responses to “

  1. That’s is true for me too, there are books that I really wanted to like.

  2. That’s is true for me too, there are books that I really wanted to like.

  3. I started to check “London” out the last time I was at the library, but when I saw it was nearly 900 pages, I decided to wait a while on that. I read his other book – the one about Stonehenge and Salisbury – a few years back, but it took me a couple of years to finish. And I had a terrible time keeping track of all the different families down through all the different generations. It was worse than doing my own family history research.

  4. I started to check “London” out the last time I was at the library, but when I saw it was nearly 900 pages, I decided to wait a while on that. I read his other book – the one about Stonehenge and Salisbury – a few years back, but it took me a couple of years to finish. And I had a terrible time keeping track of all the different families down through all the different generations. It was worse than doing my own family history research.

  5. Nise — yes, there are some that the covers are so nice or the reviews are good and then, wham, not so good and I really wanted to like them.jlshall — yes, I think I am on about page 85 and I have been reading for two or three years. I think the problem is trying to keep the genealogy straight — I just keep going for the outstanding physical characteristic that runs through the line — a shock of white hair. It isn’t much easier to keep up with though than everyone being named James!!!

  6. Nise — yes, there are some that the covers are so nice or the reviews are good and then, wham, not so good and I really wanted to like them.jlshall — yes, I think I am on about page 85 and I have been reading for two or three years. I think the problem is trying to keep the genealogy straight — I just keep going for the outstanding physical characteristic that runs through the line — a shock of white hair. It isn’t much easier to keep up with though than everyone being named James!!!

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