Books I Did Not Finish


Procrastination. I've procrastinated about writing something about these books I didn't finish. There are opposing feelings regarding posting DNF (did not finish) reviews on blogs but I'm doing it anyway.


The Girl Next Door by Elizabeth Noble. This one centres around the lives of people living in a New York apartment building. I stopped reading this about 250 pages in. I really tried but I hated just about every character. By the time I finally let this one go, I wanted the whole building to disappear in a Fringe-style universe collision.


The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. A young Frenchman tries to join the Musketeers. Buffoonery. That's what got me. If these guys were so heroic, why did they do such dumb things? I don't know how this one ever ended since all they managed to do was fight at the drop of a hat: "You looking at me? En Garde!"

The Blythes Are Quoted by LM Montgomery. A collection of short stories centred around the Blythes: Anne and Gilbert. This one had me aching for Anne of Green Gables. Gone was the spunky red head, in her place was a vacant smiling lady sitting in a rocking chair. Knock all you want but there's no one home. And poor Gilbert had been turned into a smug philanderer.

The Rabbit and the Moon by Deborah and Joel Shilian. It's been awhile so I'm fuzzy about this one. I think it had to do with China and a youth formula. I gave up early on because I had issues with the dialogue.

Um, yeah, so I think that's it, except for a couple I took out from the library. I might get back to these books some day but for now they are "Did Not Finish."

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20 comments:

  1. I haven't read The Blythes are Quoted yet but there were hints in one of the Anne books that Gilbert might have had a wandering eye, weren't there? Maybe it was Anne of Ingleside?

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  2. Sorry these didn't work for you, but it happens. I'm disappointed to see The Girl Next Door was a disappointment though.

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  3. I've tried to read a couple of Elizabeth Noble's books but haven't finished any of them - like you I couldn't like any of the characters.

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  4. I'm laughing at your comments on The Three Musketeers. Too funny! I have to admit, I enjoyed the book, but I can definitely see your point.

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  5. "You looking at me? En Garde!" Hilarious and true!

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  6. The Three Musketeers is a book that I thought was definitely not my thing. Way too much action and as you say, buffoonery. But I ended up loving it.

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  7. Sassy- I don't remember that but if it did happen, he needs a good kick in the rear.

    Kathy- I just couldn't stand any of the people.

    Suzanne- Other people seem to like her. I'm glad I'm not alone in feeling this way.

    Trisha- I must have been expecting it to be something else.

    Gwen- Thanks!

    Thomas- Maybe someday I'll go back to it. But not soon.

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  8. Definitely time to put a book down if you want the characters to die :) That usually happens to me in a bad book at about 100 pages

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  9. It was Anne of Ingleside where Anne suspects Gilbert of harboring feelings for Christine, his old crush! That's one of the main reasons I had that book in the series.

    I read by the time Maud wrote the Blythes are Quoted that she was kind of sick of the whole pack of them, and took perverse pleasure in bringing the snark against the "perfect" Blythes. I think it was in one of the volumes of her collected diaries, but I really can't recall for sure.

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  10. Gilbert a philanderer in The Blythes are Quoted? He comes across as a bit of an insufferable know-it-all, yes, but I didn't notice his affections straying from Anne. I'm curious--is there a particular story that gave you this impression?

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  11. That makes me so sad about The Blythes are Quoted! I LOVED Anne of Green Gables. I'll definitely stay far far away from that one. Thanks for the warning.

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  12. Brown Paper- The crazy lady with the knife talked about Gilbert and the nurse making eyes at each other. And she says a few other things about his visits to another lady.

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  13. I completely forgot that you did not finish The Three Musketeers. Would you go back and try it again, do you think?

    Gilbert a philanderer? Really? Did someone completely misunderstand the Anne and Gilbert that Ms. Montgomery wrote? That just seems so...odd, as anyone who has ever read the Anne series knows of their love for each other.

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  14. Connie- I haven't read book #6 yet. I'll have to look out for that part.

    Michelle- These stories were written in the later part of Montgomery's life. She had some pretty serious mental health issues by that point. I could really feel it in the stories. They felt very, very bitter.

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  15. I have the Three Musketeers on my shelves, but I think it will stay there for many years to come. So many people dislike it. Although your description: "You looking at me? En Garde!" made me laugh; I imagine that I would get tired of reading about that for more than 3 pages.

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  16. Aw, I'm sorry you didn't like The Three Musketeers. It's one of my all-time favorites, although The Count of Monte Cristo definitely is better. Maybe Dumas isn't for you.

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  17. Bookfool- I really loved The Count and also enjoyed The Wolf Leader but the Musketeers didn't do it for me.

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  18. I successfully finished COUNT and THREE MUSKETEERS but I'm totally behind abandoning those if it isn't doing it for you. They are long, rambly and completely pointless. At least, unless one is enjoying them, which is always an unknown. People have been known to enjoy them. I found them tedious.

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  19. I love The Three Musketeers! and Twenty Years After. I've even got the audiobook on my iPhone so I can listen to it. It's so much fun. It's also the only way I can hope to keep the Louis' straight. They tangle in my mind.

    Amazon is freakishly good at picking out books I'll like.

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  20. LOL Your review of The 3 Musketeers made me laugh. "You looking at me? You looking at me, kid?" :P

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