Why Can’t I Finish This Darn Book?

May 24, 2013 Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging 14

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Why is it taking so long to finish this darn book?

Dan Wells FragmentsWay back on March 30 I started reading Fragments by Dan Wells. Admittedly it was probably not the best time to start a 600 page book. My class was quite demanding in April as the culmination of work done since January needed to be finished by the first week of May. But Kate (Midnight Book Girl) was really excited about the book, so I started it anyway.

Now here I am, 7 weeks later… and still not finished. I know a lot of people would say DNF that book! But here’s the thing – I want to know what happens (plus I only have a little over 100 pages left, I have gone past the point of no return).

And it’s not as if I haven’t had any time to read, because I have. While time has been short the last 2 months I have still managed to read How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, You Look Different In Real Life, This Is What Happy Looks Like, Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men and Innocent In Death. Count ’em up – that’s 5 other books!

For awhile I’ve been thinking that maybe I’m just not in the mood for a dystopian book right now and that’s why it’s taking me so long. Other than Innocent In Death the books have all been on the contemporary or humorous side of things. But then last night when I got home and went to read before bed I reached for Breathe instead of Fragments.

I have committed myself to not starting any new physical books until I finish Fragments – with a little over 100 pages left the end is so close, yet it seems so far away.

Now I’m wondering if maybe I should just admit that maybe I don’t really care what happens. I keep telling myself that I want to know, but if I really wanted to know I would have finished it by now, right?

Has this happened to anyone else? Or am I alone in this? Let me know in the comments :)


14 Responses to “Why Can’t I Finish This Darn Book?”

  1. Petty Witter

    I think many of this have had this happen, I know I have. Too stubborn to leave a book, I won’t admit defeat and have to read it once I’ve started AND, worse still, can’t bring myself to start another book once I have one on the go.

    Here’s hoping you get to finish Fragments soon, perhaps by reading it in bed on Sundays.
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  2. Kate- Midnight Book Girl

    I think I have the audio version? Check my audible account. It’s weird because I while I liked Partials, I didn’t love it like I did other John Wells novels. But I loved Fragments, but to each his or her own! I get why you don’t want to quit even though you’re not enjoying yourself because you’ve already read sooo many pages! Maybe just put it aside, tell yourself that you’ll come back to it eventually, but move on for now. But I think I have the audio version, so maybe that will help!
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    • Kimberly

      If I put it aside now I doubt I would come back anytime soon. Plus I am more than 75% done so it seems like a waste to just stop because if I ever do come back I won’t remember what I’ve read and then I would have to start over!

  3. Kelly

    I’ve been doing almost the opposite of this lately! I’ve got a few eARCs from NetGalley that will be published in the beginning of June. So I keep setting one of them as my “currently-reading” book on both my blog and on Goodreads, but when it comes time to actually read the book, I pick up something else!

    I think if you’ve pushed through 500 pages, you should just persevere! I’m way too stubborn to give up that late in the game. I always find it helps to completely walk away from a book like that, and re-approach when you’re in the mood for it. Might help you fly through those last few pages instead of crawling :)
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    • Kimberly

      I’m too stubborn to give up too! If I was only 100 pages in I would DNF in a heartbeat but with 100 pages left I just can’t. It’s just frustrating that I can’t seem to get back into it!

  4. Tea Time with Marce

    I don’t have a problem with DNF but I have to say 100 pages left, I definitely will complete that one. How about saying to read 20 pages a night even if you choose another, at least you will finish but you can read something else also. I loved his trilogy I am not a serial killer but this one didn’t draw me in, but i’m not a dystopian fan even though I consider myself a Dan Wells fan, weird right.

    • Kimberly

      I am reading a bit each night, but it is a slow process lol, but you’re right. At this point I cannot just give up on the book. I’ve already put in too much time :)

      I haven’t yet read his I Am Not A Serial Killer books, but I have heard that they are good.

  5. Jen @ YA Romantics

    If I really dislike a book, I just quit.
    But there are a LOT of reasons it takes me a while to finish:
    1) just not in the mood for that genre of book
    2) book is complex or written in a literary style and takes a lot of concentration to read and I’m tired
    3) book is really long and when I look at it I feel tired
    4) book is second or third in a series and I’m confused and don’t have time to re-read book one or find my notes

    LOL — a lot of it has to do with “no time” or “tired.” Which is why those short, snappy books get read and the longer ones sometimes don’t…
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