However, when I started book blogging, I felt this guilt over quitting reads and I spent many years reading every books I started and reviewing them. Even if I didn’t like them.
Now, am more ok with quittting/DNFing. Same goes with writing up my thoughts on every book (I chat about them on social media) on here. But two books I have tried just didn’t work and I wanted to chat about them because these are big deal books. Books I should love but nope, they just didn’t work.
I know. These two are very different reads. One is a young adult fantasy, the other a crime thriller. Everything about these two are opposite. And yet, I quit them for practically the same reasons.
Ok, before I go further, let me explain what each of these are: Alperton Angels follows two journalists who are both writing a book about a cult known as the Alperton Angels. The cult believed that a new-born baby, whose teenager parents were members, is the anti-Christ. The journalist have an idea of trying to track down the baby, who will be 18 in the next few months.
The Thief follows Gen, a thief in the King’s prison. The King’s scholar, the magus, believes he’s knows where an ancient lost treasure is and needs a skilled thief. As the pair travel to retrieve the treasures, things might not be as it seems…
I struggled with both, which is a little upsetting as all crime and fantasy readers I follow online love both these books and these authors. But I did struggle with both of these, and as I write this, the reasons are very similar.
I found both a slog to read. The Thief felt very much like a first book in a series. Yes, I know it is, but it was a slog as there was a lot of world building and not much action. Not much happened in what I did read. I have heard the series gets better in book 2, but I don’t know if I want to finish this read in the hope it gets better.
While Alperton Angels is a standalone, it felt the same. It was a slog as it was multimedia storytelling (something I would normally be all over) and the leads were awful. I didn’t warm nor like the case they were looking into (not the people, the case. That was something I did like - how this book tackled the public’s thirst for true crime without looking at how it affects those involved). It was world-building and the plot wasn’t moving forward.
I didn’t warm to the main characters in The Thief either. It was just little things - not liking the plot, the characters, the writing. And sometimes, you need to walk away. Which is what I did. I might return to these, but it seems very unlikely.
But quitting books or audiobooks that you artten’t liking is ok. Nothing wrong with that! Now, am off to find a book that I will be happy reading/audiobooking.