October 18, 2021

Books I didn't finish.

Survive the Night by Riley Sager 

Such a huge disappointment. I can always count on a Riley Sager book. This was slow. And tedious. And predictable. And I'll never know if my predictions are right because I couldn't stand to keep going. Charlie was an exhausting main character, as well. 

Linking to the one-star reviews. 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

I think this was a library book on Kindle? Or a 99 cent Daily Deal. Either way, I didn't get far. Maybe 8%. It was just not pulling me in, and was way too big of a commitment to keep going. I never like the classics. Who has read it? 

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King

I bought this when Wells was going through a slight rebellious phase last December-ish. I don't remember the specifics. I just remember thinking that I needed more tools in my tool belt. 

No. It was just a bunch of stories about moms and dads who struggled with veryspecificissues and how they solved them. I don't even remember the issues exactly; but it was quite specific. I needed broad tips. So it was a waste and I gave it away. Listening/reading other peoples' horror stories didn't do what I needed a book to do for me. 

(Examples of broad-brush advice would include things like Taking Cara Babies' sleep advice and Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki. Those are actual methods that really worked for me.)

Fault Lines by Voddie T. Baucham Jr. 

I didn't finish this because I didn't want to. I really like Voddie Baucham. This was more a case of I was having a really bad week and felt sick and awful and couldn't go back to it after that. Meh. Still would be a great read or a great gift. I just figured I'd admit that I didn't finish it. This has been the case with most audiobooks in 2021; they just exhaust me in a way that I never would've imagined back in my audiobook heyday (2015-2016ish). 

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

Maybe we can all agree that she was a one-hit-wonder with The Girl on the Train? ...the movie ruined the book obviously, but it was such a good book!

This was terrible. I had to force myself to listen. I got about 4 hours into the audio, then I returned it to Audible and then I paused my subscription for 6 months because I was so over audiobooks at that point. That's what this book made me do. 

I'm just going to link to the one-star reviews. 

This is a good summing up: 

What books have you not finished lately???


  1. Yep - I wont be fast on the Paula Hawkins train going forward

  2. I think I'm about 30% into Survive The Night and I am struggling, hah. Like.. get on with the story already!

  3. I listened to Survive the Night and actually liked it. I agree it was slow, but the ending caught me by surprise. I have been meaning to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for about oh… 16 years. I finally gave up this month and put it in the donation box. Classics never appeal to me either.


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