Each month there are several books that I start to read but for one reason or another I just can’t get into. I have a fairly low tolerance for the books I read, usually only giving them between 50-100 pages before I quit. There are just too many books to read and not enough time to “trudge” through something I’m not enjoying. However, I recently realized that I never mention them on here. So I’ve decided to do a monthly feature looking at some of the books I just couldn’t get into and why.
Skinned by Robin Wasserman (79 pages) – this was an older title I have been wanting to read for a while. I actually really enjoy the beginning of the book. I thought the character development started pretty quickly and I liked the world building. It was very interesting to see the main character go through her transformation. However, after about 50 pages the story sort of slowed down a bit and I lost interest. Also, beyond the initial chapters I didn’t connect with the main character.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young (109 pages) – I’m a little disappointed in myself about this one. This is a big ticket book in 2011 and there are already tons of raving reviews going around. I’ve even heard it compared to The Hunger Games. I gave it my all but I could not get into this book. The premise is interesting and the world building was superb. Young did a great job at creating a dystopian world that is intriguing and fresh. However, the writing is incredibly stylized and it served as too big of a road block. It was at times hard to follow and it made the book really difficult to pick up once I had put it down. It also made it almost impossible to connect with the character. So while I appreciate what the author was trying to do, it was just not the book for me. However, I might give this one another shot later on down the line.