Such a good metaphor! What story do you have that is unfinished? Did you try writing something and stopped? Did you stop reading something? Did you end a friendship – or a relationship – in an odd way, and hope to see it through someday?
I think that we all have those. I think that those unfinished stories keep us up at night sometimes. I think that they are the places our minds go to when we aren’t otherwise engaged. The unfinished business – unplanned or not – makes things interesting.
However, the title for this blog entry is not meant to be metaphorical. I am literally talking about books I did not finish.
For your amusement, here is a list:
- The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer. I am a true fan of Stephanie Meyer. I don’t care what anyone says; the Twilight series of books were truly well-written and transporting. Those books highlighted and brought more popularity to the paranormal genre. They also created new readers out of young girls. However, I wonder if the books should have been meant for older audiences. But back to The Chemist. It…was boring. I did not care about the heroine. I did not engage with the story. So, I quit it.
- Plaid and Plagiarism: The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series: Book 1 by Molly MacRae. I really wanted to like this one. I even made it to the halfway part of the book! The problem (for me) was that there were too many protagonists. Too many sub-plots. I had to quit it.
- Wolf Tales by Kate Douglas. Alright. This is an erotica tale. I think that usually means that plot and characters don’t have to be as important as in traditional stories. I stopped reading this one because it got too risque and kind of boring.
- The Librarian and the Spy by Susan Mann. Alright. This is the one that I am “reading” right now. (If I was truly engaged, this book would have been finished by now). I think that I’m having a hard time engaging with this one because the librarian (protagonist) has too easy a life. I don’t think I’ll be able to hang.
Obviously, this list is subjective. You might LOVE these books (which is why I hyperlinked all of them). As a matter of fact, The Chemist has over 2000 positive reviews. Be sure to come to your own conclusions.
I don’t have the easiest time in rejecting books. I don’t remember who told me this, but I was told that you should always finish a book. Is that true, though? When we keep reading something we hate, who are we serving? The author? Ourselves?
Personally, I read fiction for leisure. While I have some time for that, it is not in abundance. For that reason, I have grown comfortable with unfinished stories. (Some, but not all…Excuse me while I get lost in thought for a bit.)
Anyway, here’s your photographic reward for getting this far:
A picture of my neighborhood early this morning. Cold, but stunning.