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This week, the Book Chat topic is all about abandoning books.  I'm curious to you put a book down if you aren't interested in it?  Do you intend to pick up again or do you just accept that maybe it's not for you?  Have you ever had a better experience with a book the second time around?

I have to admit...I really hate it when I don't like a book.  It really bothers me when other people love a book that I don't enjoy.  But sometimes, I just can't find the connection with the characters and plot.  When that happens, I hate to feel like I'm wasting time.  I have so many other books to read, it really brings me down when I feel stuck reading a book that I'm not enjoying.  So, I admit, I'm a book abandoner.  Sadly, I do it pretty often.  There are some books I intend to pick up again...and some, I don't.  And there have even been a few that were better the second (or third) time around.

Here are a few...

I've shared my experience with this one before.  I wish I knew what my problem was with this book.  I tried REALLY, REALLY hard to like it.  I stuck with it a lot longer than I would have for any other book.  It is still sitting on my nightstand with the bookmark where I left it.  I do want to pick it up again, and hopefully I can have a better experience next time.

This book has received rave reviews.  I was initially reading for an Adolescent Lit class, but didn't finish because I was too busy with school.  I enjoyed it, but the pull wasn't strong enough for me to pick it up on my own.  I adore Laurie Halse Anderson, so I really want to try this one again.

Twice in one week I have mentioned this book.  I have tried this one about 3 times.  I love the main character...a quirky, smart girl who solves crimes.  I just can't get INTO it.  Someone said the audiobook was good, so I'll be checking for that.  Audiobooks always help me get into tough books.

I think the only reason I couldn't get into this one is because I've already seen the movie, quite a few times.  It bores me to read a book that I already know.  I have it on audiobook so I think I'll knock it out that way.  This is one I tend to pick up very often and just read a chapter at a time.  I'm not connecting with it yet, but I'm sure I will in the next couple books.

There are a few books that I have just come to terms with not being for me.

I have given this series enough of life.  The first book took me FOREVER.  I love the characters. I enjoy the action, but it just takes SOOO long to get into.  I got through the first quarter of this book on audiobook thinking that would be the trick.  I took it back to the library after I sat through 10 minutes of Lisbeth's shopping trip to Ikea.  I can let this series go.  It's the only time you will hear my say...I'll just see the movie.

There was so much un-liking happening between me and this book.  I don't know why, but I just really, really didn't like it.  I got half way through, gave it one star and moved on with my life.

I didn't even know what fan-fiction was before this series.  Now I avoid it.

 There have been quite a few books that have proven that everyone deserves a second chance.  I LOVED these books, even if it wasn't the first time I picked them up.

I admit, this book starts off a little slow.  Usually that's a deal breaker for me.  I had this one in my bag on it's way back to the library, but I decided to give it a second chance and I'm so glad I did.  I locked myself away for a whole day to finish it. I LOVE this book.

This book is certifiably nuts. I'm talking CA-RAZY.  For these reasons, I had a hard time getting into it.  You have to adjust your mind to understand the writing.  I have a theory that the author was taking that Limitless drug when he wrote this because he throws SO much information at you, it's unnerving.  However- this book had me laughing and crying. I loved the story and the ending.  I would read it again, and I'm so glad I was persistent with it.

This one sat on my shelf for a couple years with a bookmark in it.  Once I persevered past the first chapter, I was glad I did.  I liked the sequel even more, and I hope we get another book in the series.

I NEVER thought I would make it through this whole book on my own and actually enjoy it.  It took me a few tries, but I actually loved reading it.

There's my list.  What about you?  What books have you abandoned or put on pause?  Have you ever ended up loving a book that you had to put down the first time around?

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