There are always super popular books flying around out there, and usually I’m all over them. Or at the very least I like to give them a try (so I feel like I’m “in”). I’ve always said my taste in books is like my taste in music – it’s all over the place. I kind of read everything. BUT, like I’ve mentioned in my bio, I’m picky about what I read. I have to feel good about reading it, and some books are just not for me. Normally I like to stay on the positive side of things, and I am in no way trying to trash these books. Everyone has their own personal reasons for liking/not like something. So with that said, this is my list of must read books that I tried to read but couldn’t.
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The reason why I picked up this book is because at the time I was struggling to make a transition from thinking negatively to having a more positive outlook. I thought The Power Of Now would be a wonderfully powerful and enlightening asset to my journey. I didn’t even make it half way. The first reason is that I simply found it boring (and I don’t get bored easily). I could not focus when I was reading, my mind kept wondering elsewhere, and I didn’t remember most of what I read.
The second reason being that, as a Christian, I struggle to abide by a book that doesn’t take God seriously, that diminishes or dismisses who God really is. Personally, I am convinced that God is God and that is that. Now I know that not everyone agrees, and that’s fine. I’m not at all against reading secular books, I just have a personal line, and this book crossed it for me. You can read more about The Power Of Now here.
I read the first couple of pages. That’s it. A part of me wishes I’d given it a better chance, and maybe someday I will. Now is just not the time though. This is not the right season in my life for this book. Like I mentioned earlier, I recently made a conscious switch from pessimism to optimism, and A Handmaid’s Tale just doesn’t fit into that transition. Part of my old problem was that I was allowing copious amounts of negativity into my life, without even being aware of it. So right now I’m taking a big break from dark and heavy books/movies/music/media in general. If you’re interested in A Handmaid’s Tale, you can learn more about it here.
To be honest I never actually opened up The Couple Next Door to give it a chance, but I have read/watched/listened to many book clubs and reviews discussing it. So I can confidently say I know what this riveting story is about, and I know myself well enough to know that it would not be healthy for me to read it. As someone who already struggles with anxiety and an overreacting imagination, I just feel like me and my family will be a much happier unit if I leave this book alone. You can read the synopsis (and reviews) here.
I’d heard sooooo much hype about this book that I really wanted to love it. I read the first four chapters, hoping I’d soon get to the part where it gets heartwarming and magical, and then I decided that life’s just too short. A part of me can appreciate the old man satire, but only a very small part. I have to confess something – sometimes I struggle to be patient with judgmental people. Which explains why I had a hard time being patient with this book. Not only that, but books affect me. They totally affect my mood and the way I think. Every time I read some of A Man Called Ove, I’d come away feeling grouchy and senile. Not the best mood to be in when you’re trying to mother three children! For more information on A Man Called Ove, click here.
Anything by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve only ever read reviews and excerpts from her novels, and from what I understand she is a very talented writer. Maybe the books are even totally my style. However, my personal moral compass steers me in another direction. If her writing was clean, classy and uplifting instead of dark and salacious, I’d be all over it (but to each their own).
Have you ever picked up a book you were sure you’d love but didn’t? (It’s totally ok to not like everything.) Or maybe you found something you never thought you’d be into only to be blown away by it (it’s happened to me, might be a future post!).