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Books I DNF'ed

Today's Top Five Wednesday topic is Books I DNF'ed. For all you folks who don't speak book blogger, that stands for Did Not Finish (kind of). You get it.

As it happens, this is a thing I started keeping track of this year. So far, it amounts to 3 books. I think I might have a shelf on my Goodreads account that has some, too. We'll just see what happens.

Contract City

Contract City by Mark Falkin - This is a YA novel set in a future Tulsa. It was a cool premise, but it was a bit slow. I don't mind a slow book, but it felt like it was supposed to be an adventure. Too slow. Also, the characters spoke in obviosities (that's a word, now).

Beulah Land

Beulah Land by Lonnie Coleman - A friend of mine has been pestering me for years (not even kidding) to read this book. I finally put in the effort and requested it from Mobius. I think I read 5 chapters. It was too brutal for me. It takes place on a slave plantation in the 1800's. I'm a chicken.

Urban Teens

Urban Teens in the Library by Denise E. Agosto - I read most of it. And I did get some good info and ideas from it. But I stopped reading when it started talking about reaching teens through Myspace.

Those are the ones from this year. Let's check Goodreads.

Oh holy cats! There are 23 on my "Couldn't Even Finish" shelf. Well, I'll pick a couple of real winners.

Three Cups

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson - Oh man! This one still makes me nauseous. This was so annoying. Every single thing this guy did was noteworthy and deserving of praise. "He can sleep standing up! Hooray!!" It was written on a second grade level and you had to be about that old to believe it.

The Dante Club

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl - I really wanted to like this one, but the first chapter starts with a graphic scene involving maggots. Seven years later, I haven't forgotten it. That scene did me in.

So those are some books I did not finish. What books have you given up on?

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