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Subject: To finish or not to finish, that is the question...
Date Posted: 2/1/2009 8:17 AM ET
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Let's make this thread about books that we're currently reading that we're not sure if we want to continue reading them. If you've read the book, give us your honest opinion about the book and save us from being bored to death lol!

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 8:21 AM ET
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Ok, I'll start...

I'm reading Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh. I'm only 86 pages into it but if that darn heroine says one more time that she has to be cold and is so afraid that she'll be found out that I'm going to smack her!!!

It's highly wishlisted but I'm not seeing it yet. Should I continue reading it or just go on to the next one. I'm using it in a swap so I need to get reading. (I already revealed my book lol)

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 8:27 AM ET
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I couldn't get in to Slave to Sensation either, I don't think I even finished the first chapter before I gave up. 

I suppose my most recent DNF is Lora Leigh's Wild Card - too much stuff setting up the story.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 8:29 AM ET
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I really really loved that book, matter of fact that whole series is on my keeper shelf. Stick with it, this is a fantastic and amazing series. There is nothing like them out there.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 8:34 AM ET
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That one that I didn't finish was Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter. The whole series came highly recommened but as I was reading it I remembered that i already DNF the third book.  I really enjoyed her Lords of the underworld books but the atlantis ones were just awful.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 8:55 AM ET
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The books that have been sitting partially read on my night table for months are:

Dark Lover  by J. R. Ward

Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase

8 Sandpiper Way by Debbie Macomber


I don't know why I can't get into the one by Loretta Chase, I usually fly through her books. 

I decided that I just can't get into Debbie Macomber. 

I wanted to like Dark Lover, but it just doesn't grip me at all. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 9:31 AM ET
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My DNF (as I've said before) is Meredith Duran Duke of Shadows.   But there's more positive reviews than bad so I'm going to keep trying.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 9:42 AM ET
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I've had two DNF's so far this year:

Morrigan's Cross by Nora Roberts - I just couldn't get into it and I didn't care about any of the characters.

Heart Mate by Robin D Owens - If I had to read the words Heart Mate and Heart Gift one more time, I was going to scream.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 9:54 AM ET
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My DNF is more like skimmed through the entire book.....

The Time Traveler's Wife.   So much jumping from one time to the next, my tired brain could not keep up.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 10:10 AM ET
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Kimberley, have you read the other Macomber books in that series? I gave up around book 3 I think...I think there was too much drama and stress and not enough sex to offset it for me...my tastes at the time leaned towards no drama and lotsa sex with alpha men. I keep meaning to make my way back to them but just haven't  yet..too much else I wanna read...

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Date Posted: 2/1/2009 10:32 AM ET
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i almost DNF AT THE BRIDE HUNT BALL by olivia parker. I thought it was so stupid. It did get better in the second half but somehow my life would have still felt complete if I hadnt finished it

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 10:52 AM ET
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That is exactly why I don't read Debbie Macomber.  It is too much drama for me.  Too much real life drama that I don't want to think about.  In fact, I can't read any author that deals a lot with current everyday problems. 


Date Posted: 2/1/2009 12:33 PM ET
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Kimberly and Susanna, my thoughts exactly!! 


Date Posted: 2/1/2009 12:42 PM ET
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I pretty much skimmed Loose and Easy by Tara Janzen.  I didn't realize it was part of a series.  I'm not sure I want to go back and start it from book 1 or not.  I wasn't crazy about the fact that the book pretty much only spanned a few hours with the addition of some flash backs.  And she mentioned all these people who weren't in the book and I had no idea why they needed to be mentioned or who they were. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 2:57 PM ET
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I could not finish Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr.  I know the Virgin River Series is very popular, but for some rason I just got bored with it.  I won't be continuing that series.  I did try though.  I read the first book and got a little more than half way through the second (Shelter Mountain) before I gave up.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 3:31 PM ET
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Finish, or not finish. Used to have different rules years ago. I used read through everything I picked up, and some were real, real bad. In the last few years if a book doesn't grab me I'll bring it to share at work or donate somewhere. Two books I didn't like at all but slogged through hoping they would improve (since I'd heard so many positive things about them) were Sherry Thomas's first book (PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS? or something like that), and Alissa Johnson's first book (can't remember title). I was intensely disappointed in both of them but was glad I finished them, at least gave them a good shot; I definitely will not read anything else by them that's for sure, even if the book is free. It's a good thing there's an author for everyone - just because I hated the books doesn't mean others won't love them. The TBR here is monstrous, too big to waste precious reading time on something that doesn't grab us.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 3:32 PM ET
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I didn't like Slave to Sensation either. I thought maybe I just wasn't crazy about the 1st couple, but I tried to read the 2nd one too and didn't enjoy it. just not for me I guess.

I also just put down Jo Davis's Trial by Fire...I got to page 10 or so, but when the heroine stumbles out of a burning house practically puking from smoke inhalation but still has time to take a look at the hero and get horny before passing out? Gimme a break. That's just stupid with a capital S.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 6:43 PM ET
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Diana, if you're not hooked on the Virgin River series after the 1st 2 I doubt you'll ever be..imo those are the best ones! I'm reading 2nd chance pass now (the 5th book) I think these are more involved in the whole community t ype thing..sorta like escaping to a  town/area and 'living' there..there's one main romance going on but tons of other stuff going on. If you don't like that kinda read then they're not gonna be for you I don't think.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 7:47 PM ET
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Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter - on my keeper shelf.  I personally love dragon stories and I love her Atlantis series. 

I tried reading Dark Lover by JR Ward but it just wasn't my style.

The Time Travelers wife - I agree with you.  Too much jumping around and no HEA.  How is that a good book?

Shelter Mountain to me was the weakest of the first 3 in the series.  I found book 3 (Whispering Rock) to be the best.  Don't give up on the series.  As a whole its very rewarding.


Date Posted: 2/1/2009 7:55 PM ET
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I could not get into All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve.  It may have been the time period and the vocabulary used by the man--I dunno.  If I am not hooked by the first two or three chapters, I move on to the next one.  I've got plenty to ready.  Brenda, I will admit to skipping the whole middle of The Time Traveler's Wife.  I wanted to read the ending, but all that jumping around was too hard to follow.  I did cry at the end, though.

When I am having a hard time focusing, it's time to grab a Blaze , anothology or something that goes real quick.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 9:03 PM ET
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If I can't get into a book, I used to read through it still but I now realize just how many other good books are out there that if the story doesn't pick up for me I let it go.

Most recently...Thanks for Nothing Nick Maxwell (what a sleeper).....


Date Posted: 2/2/2009 1:17 PM ET
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I have never been able to finish any Diana Gabaldon except Outlander. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 1:10 PM ET
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I didn't quite finish Irish Devil by Donna Fletcher.  Am I evil or what?  It was only about 8 to 10 pages, but I was so bored & pretty sure I knew how it was gonna end:P

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 2:03 PM ET
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Well, I seem to want to finish most books even if they aren't that great. For example right now I am reading A Little Bit Wicked by Victoria Alexander. The dialogue is witty, but the book isn't really engaging my interest. I have been speeding through it so far. The reviews here on PBS are positive. And there are 2 books following it that I plan to read. So I intend to finish it, come hell or high water! Whether or not I skim through the whole thing remains to be seen. 

Same thing with the other one I am reading, A Tale of Two Vikings, its good, its funny, I want to finish it, I haven't been skimming it....but....I can't read it for long periods of time, I get bored with it!  So I wonder if most people, being bored with it, would even finish it.


Date Posted: 2/3/2009 3:37 PM ET
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last night's book would probably have been better as a DNF.  Real Vampires Have Curves (Glory St. Claire, Bk 1) by Gerry Bartlett.  NTM author, and by page 100, i was debating giving it up, but i already have the next two in the series.  it never got any better, so i could have saved myself the irritation.