Recently, I was sorting my books into neat little categories like: read & keeping, read & donating, and, the ever growing pile of to be read. As I separated the books I found that a lot of them weren't fitting into any of my three categories and I had to create a new one labeled, half read & still need to finish. I ended up with more half read & still need to finish books than I had keepers or ones that needed to be donated.
I was a little miffed at myself over this. How could there be so many books that I have started and not finished? What was it about these books that didn't hold my interest?
I figured that they must have been bad--I mean, why else hadn't I kept on reading them--but to be sure, I began looking through them in an attempt to figure out why I didn't stick it out to the end. A few, I decided, were DNF's. But way more were books that I liked, but didn't stick with for reasons now beyond me, though, I'm sure at the time I had made sense out of putting a half read book down. Below are a few books from my enormous pile of reading neglected books.
Demon Angel by Meljean Brook:
At 97 pages in, Demon Angel has all of the elements that I need to enjoy a book. Great writing, interesting characters that I can grow to care about, an intriguing premise, etc. And still I gave up on it.
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair:
At page 265, I'm more than halfway through Games of Command. Like Demon Angel, it has everything I need in a book, but I haven't been able to get passed the middle hump to finish out the story.
Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop:
Another book that I'm more than halfway through. Unlike the first two, I do know why I stopped reading Heir to the Shadows. It was because I became a little annoyed with Janelle. She was bordering on Mary Sue territory when I closed the book at the halfway point. BUT the story is good. I loved the first book in this series and I want to finish this trilogy.
Does this happen to anyone else, or am I on an island alone with starting and not finishing books? Are there any good books that you are not reading?