Books that make you go, "Hmm."

U2, Ryan Braun, and Jon Stewart all on the same episode of David Letterman? That's what I call neat.

Have you ever started reading a book you're not crazy about, find that you are committed enough to the book to see it through - but you hate it? And you don't actually want to finish it? I'm having trouble with a book I'm reading. Because I really kind of hate it.

The main character is completely unlikable. It's not even that she's unlikable, but that she's unlikable and so littered with flaws that she's not even sympathetic and I am completely unable to relate to her or care about her at all. She doesn't learn from her mistakes, she doesn't care for anyone but herself, and she's just a horrible person. Horrible person! I wish I liked her, I really do, but I do not. I keep thinking she'll get better and do something worthwhile or interesting or redeem herself in some way so I can get on with the book, but I'm 2/3 of the way through this, and she's as not awesome as she was in the beginning.

If you were in my situation, what would you do? Do I have to finish the book? I kind of feel like I have to finish it. I think I might read every other page so it takes less time.

I did read a really fantastic young adult book called Jellicoe Road, though. That main character was not always likable, but I at least cared about what happened to her. It made me cry, and the only books before that one that had done that were the seventh Harry Potter book and certain Jane Austen novels when I was feeling especially girly.


Chetter said...

Yeah, I might skim through the rest of it. You know how you feel about wet socks and brushing your teeth in the shower? That's kinda how I feel about not finishing books. But, I'm not above skimming and/or jumping to the end :)

delightfully mediocre said...

I'm actually okay with brushing your teeth in the shower. :) Wet socks though... *shudder* I think I've got you. Maybe I'll read the last chapter.