In life, I love closure. But I don’t have a problem leaving a book unfinished. If I don’t like a book, I can totally put it down. The same goes for movies; I have turned off many a movie at the 30 minute mark. And for one reason or another, this was a particularly bad couple of weeks for me finishing books. Maybe I just didn’t find the right book? Or because I was feeling just a little off for a week or two? Or was it because the semester (my last one!) is really kicking into gear now? Of course, two of the books I didn’t finish were ones that were assigned for a class, but I won’t include them here because they are a touch on the dry side, and this is Quick Lit after all.
So here is all of my unfinished bookness for the last month!
- Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss – This one is by the author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, so I had high hopes. Plus it’s about cats with intentions of world domination. Obviously I knew it would be weird going into it–I just underestimated how weird. The execution of this one just did not work for me, but I loved the premise.
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari – The complete opposite of the first book on this list, Sapiens was on many “best nonfiction of 2015” type lists, and since I have been on a nonfiction kick recently, I knew I had to check it out. Unfortunately, this one was a casualty of the new semester, and my digital library loan ran out before I was more than a page into the second chapter. I will definitely be checking this one out again though. I mean, the description on Goodreads says that it “explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be ‘human.'” And that sounds pretty fascinating to me.
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff – Another book chosen from “best of 2015” lists. I didn’t get past the first chapter of this one. Some reviews said that it was slow to get going and that the second half was miles better than the first, but I just didn’t have it in me to power through. If any of you have read it, what do you think? Should I give this one another go?
- Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life by David Perlmutter, MD – Okay, this one is only unfinished as of today because I am still actively reading it. And I intend to finish it due to the fact that a.) my advisor loaned it to me to reference for my independent study and b.) my own gut microbes could use some TLC. I’m currently really into the human microbiome (i.e., the bacteria that naturally live in and on our bodies in a mutually beneficial relationship with us), which I recognize is super nerdy, so obviously I am in love with this book, but I also think it has broad, general appeal. It’s about the link between physical and mental health, and while a lot of it is about food, it is not a “diet” book in any traditional way. It’s all about how the microbes (a.k.a. bacteria) in our guts affect our overall health and moods.
Hopefully, I’ll have some finished books to share next month, and I plan on posting a more in-depth look at Brain Maker between now and then! And don’t forget to pop on over to The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s for the full Quick Lit line-up.
Are you guys like me–can you leave a book unfinished, no problem? And if you do, what’s the usual reason? Is it the book itself or because that pesky thing called life got in the way?