The “I Give Up” Files

During my lifetime, I have picked up many a book, some wonderful, others worthless. This page is dedicated to the worthless: books I put down and never wanted to pick up again. Reasons differ, but I think there’s value in sharing why I couldn’t finish a particular book. Here, I can justifiably review the otherwise un-reviewable, since I’ve never actually finished these books, though I have given most of them the requisite “100 pages minus my age”. So, in purely alphabetical order, here are the books I couldn’t finish. Enjoy?

Airframe by Michael Crichton
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Babylon Rising by Tim Lahaye and Greg Dinallo
The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace
China Maze by Lawrence Gardell
Chung Kuo: The Middle Kingdom by David Wingrove
Couples Who Pray by Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt
Deception Point by Dan Brown
The Diamond Marriage by Simon Vibert
The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler
God is Red by Liao YiWu
The Gospel of John by Max Lucado
How to Travel the World for Free by Michael Wigge
Invisible Eagle by Alan Baker
Legend by Marie Lu
Long Way Round by Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
MacArthur: America’s General by Mitchell Yockelson
Mark’s Story by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
O-Zone by Paul Theroux
Posers, Fakers, & Wannabes by Brennan Manning and Jim Hancock
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster
Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush
This is a Book by Demetri Martin
Tom Swift and His Undersea Search by Victor Appleton
Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler

©2017 E.T.


One Response to The “I Give Up” Files

  1. Ralph Seher says:

    Some of Tom Clancy’s titles are in the I Give UP too. and I usually do not give it a second chance. Glutton for punishment, I sometimes collect his titles too, just to have most of them. ?Especially now that Clancy is deceased.

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