My tried and couldn’t finish book list

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You know those books that everyone raves about and then try as you might you just can’t get into them and then when you do it just feels like they will neither start nor end? Well, these are mine, now I just stop and move onto the next book

  1. My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
  2. How to Read the Air – Dinaw Mengistu
  3. All the Light we cannot see – Anthony Doerr
  4. Their Eyes were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  5. Rachel’s Blue – Zakes Mda (South Africa)

And then there is Open City by Teju Cole that I hated but had to finish so I could hate on it 🙂

4 responses to “My tried and couldn’t finish book list

  1. I’m embarrassed to admit this but ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ tops my list :/ I’ve tried twice and can’t get past the first 30 pages.

    oh and Open City by Teju Cole is not even a book I feel embarrassed about anymore – it broke the book club!

    • My Sister in Law raves about Teju Cole, I cannot even handle him. Maybe he is a great writer / brilliant thinker but I think miss me with all that!!

      Ministry … is at the top of my to-read list so I am scared. I had an Indian colleague who it deeply resonated with and then your failure to go further with it, not sure what to think.

  2. What was it that you didn’t like about All the Light We Cannot See? I’m curious because it’s on my TBR and I’ve only seen positive reviews about it so far.

    • Hi Jenna,

      I just couldn’t get into it. I read up on the hype but a couple of pages in my mind would be wandering, I would be struggling to connect then I would put it down but happily pick up something else. After two or three times, I figured it’s not worth it for me.

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