This week’s additions to the Did Not Finish shelf are surprising, at least to me:
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
I’ve heard so many good things about Mary Roach’s books, but this just didn’t hold my interest. I didn’t get very far before abandoning it. The worst thing about this was that the narrator put on a really bad Indian accent at one point and I found it rather offensive, frankly. I had the audiobook checked out from my library, so at least I didn’t purchase this one.
One With You by Sylvia Day
The final book in the Crossfire series. I couldn’t even finish it. This one was long overdue and so overhyped. I remember being sucked in to the first book in the series and really enjoying it, but with each subsequent book, my enjoyment has diminished. I feel like Gideon and Eva didn’t show much character growth. They fight, they have sex and make up, they fight some more…blah. I looked up spoilers about how the series ends and I’m so glad I didn’t bother finishing. There was some random WTFery thrown in at the end. Additionally, I had the audio version and didn’t like the narrators. The female narrator had a habit of trying to make her voice sound really, really deep whenever Gideon was speaking and it was comical to me.
The SEAL’s Secret Lover by Anne Calhoun
It pains me to admit that I didn’t finish this! I love Anne Calhoun so, so much, but I could not get into this story. The characters have a serious case of insta-lust, which I normally don’t mind at all, but it seemed especially unbelievable for some reason. I tried to forge on since it’s a novella, but I gave up. I have the follow-up book on my Kindle, so hopefully that one will be more engaging.
I read quite a bit, but for every book that I finish, there’s another that I quit reading and shelved on Goodreads as DNF (did not finish). This past week or so has an interesting selection:
Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward
I borrowed the audiobook from my library on a whim. I didn’t care for the cover (yes, this is a big part of how I choose my books), but the description got me. Forbidden love! Religious subplot! Sounded like it was right up my alley. I read about half of this book before giving up. Unfortunately, some completely unexpected plot twists combined with a huge dose of drama led me to quit this one. It was for the best, though–I read some spoilers about what happens in the second half and there’s no way I would have liked the rest of the book.
Calendar Girl: Volume One by Audrey Carlan
This one is kind of weird because it was originally published as a 12-volume serial on Amazon (one for each of the months). For quite a while, I kept seeing the series on the romance bestseller list, but since I’m not a big fan of serials, I stayed away from it. My library ordered the print version, which has been published in four volumes, so I figured I’d see what all the hype was about. I didn’t get very far. The plot moves very quickly, but without much character establishment or back story. Also, something else that bothered me quite a bit were the editing issues, especially with grammar. These things distracted me to the point where I didn’t bother finishing. Obviously, this series is very successful and has many positive reviews, but personally I didn’t see the appeal.
Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness by Suzy Favor Hamilton
If you’re not familiar with the author (as I wasn’t prior to reading this book), she’s a former runner who has competed in the Olympics. A few years ago, it was reported that she had been working as a high-price escort in Las Vegas. Hamilton has bipolar disorder and attributed her decision to go into prostitution as being related to her mental illness, combined with the medication she was on at the time. I really wanted to like this book because I thought her story sounded fascinating. Also, I had read some reviews that seemed quite negative and harsh, so my curiosity led me to find out for myself. Unfortunately, the tone of Hamilton’s writing was insufferable at best. I got as far as her college life and Olympic competition before quitting. She comes across as extremely self-absorbed and narcissistic. I can only assume that she used a ghostwriter on this book, but they didn’t do her story justice.