Books are sacred havens. Safe spaces for those looking to escape from reality, wondrous worlds existing between two binds. When you run into a favorite book, you cherish it forever, holding it close to your heart, maybe owning a beat-up copy. Thumbing through it over and over. But, when you encounter a book you despise, do you read it from cover to cover, or do you toss it aside?
Here is a list of books Redditors stated they could not finish or did not move on to the next book.
1. It Ends With Us
The Colleen Hoover obsession grows on a daily basis, but not everyone hopped on the Hoover express.
“I think I made it three chapters into “It Ends With Us” before I quit and couldn’t bring myself to pick it back up. I feel like Colleen Hoover’s style is definitely one you either really like or really dislike. I finished Verity but had my gripes with that one, too,” U/ lavenderandlattes said.
2. 50 Shades of Grey
E.L. James' infamous trilogy, 50 Shades of Grey, turned some readers, 50 shades of bored.
“50 Shades of Grey. Not because I’m a prude, I knew what it was about, but because she wrote it at about a 5th-grade level! So bad.” one user wrote.
Another added, “I got them from the library(overdrive) on a boring weekend, and plowed through books. They were in fact, absolutely horrible, and I made fun of the writing while I was reading them.
The only thing I remember is the girl kept biting her lip, and something about a helicopter.”
3. Life of Pi
Life of Pi is not for list loathers.
“This one is oddly specific, but I quit Life of Pi purely from being annoyed at the excessive listing. It felt like every paragraph had a 15-item list. What was up with that?” one user wrote.
4. A Memory Called Empire
The Life of Pi comment reminded user, dogsoverpeople19 about their experience with A Memory Called Empire.
“Sometimes something jumps out at you, and then you can't unsee it, and it ruins any enjoyment you had in the book. I finished A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine but refused to go on to the second book because she italicized words so excessively. It ruined the flow of the story for me, and by the end, I was gritting my teeth to get through it because, while the story itself was good, the visual experience of reading it was not.”
5. Song of Achilles
Booklover_06 stated their disdain for Song of Achilles, “NOBODY ATTACK ME…. Song of Achilles, literally the first few chapters were about the guy's feet, and I just couldn’t read it anymore”
ResultFar3234 agreed, “I'm right there with you. I wanted to like it so much, but I read about three chapters and found it to be very flat. So I skipped to the end (because I know how the story ends even if I didn't know this specific version), and I'm glad I didn't read the whole thing.”
6. House of Leaves
SnooLobsters8265 reported, “I don’t know what it was, but it scared the shit out of me even from a few pages in. I had to put it in a different room!”
“I've been trying with that one for ages, but just can't. It's difficult to read as well,” ArtyRightis shared.
Having (finally) finished House of Leaves last year, I can say, this is one difficult book to get through.
7. Daisy Jones and the Six
“I got through the whole book, but it was a hate read. I would affirm that if you feel like drama about a fake band where there isn’t even real music you feel connected to is boring, you would continue to hate this book,” user, sarshu wrote.
Another user said, “Daisy Jones and the Six was the best book that I actually hated. I only finished it because I'm a big Fleetwood Mac fan, and the audiobook was extremely well done. But holy crap on a cracker, was I seething the whole time.”
“I didn't even finish the first chapter because I was bored,” one user wrote.
“I found its biggest “issue” was that it was boring until the last few chapters. It just really lacked any sort of engaging plot,” another Redditor said.
9. Time War
“Also just DNFed Time War. I keep waiting for something to actually happen? I couldn't keep the two characters apart and wanted more backstory. It's interesting, though, and I didn't think it was bad, just not for me,” lizevee said.
“I finished Time War because it was so short, and I regretted not DNFing it,” KiwiTheKitty wrote.
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