Years ago one of the members in my book group mentioned an article that she had read about “divorcing a book”. If you don’t like it after 50 or so pages, you give up on it. Prior to that conversation, I had never done that before.. not without a lot of guilt. Well today I saw a similar post over at Reading Group Guides. Click here for the Reading Group Guides post and click here for the NY Times Divorce That Book article.
I have to say that over the years I have divorced many a book. I’ll admit it, I still feel a little guilty for doing it but with the amount of time I have to read, I start to resent the book if it is not worthy of my attention. Here are some books that I divorced over the years.
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
*I know it’s a classic, but I would rather stick a pin in my eye than try this one again.
The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje
*I simply did not care about these people.. did not care for the movie either.
The Tortilla Curtain, by T. Coraghessan Boyle
*I gave this one more than one chance..even tried it as an audio book and it pained me physically to read it or listen to it. I don’t really know why.. seemed to be well written but the story did not interest me.
A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey
*After two chapters of this, I felt as if “I” needed drugs just to get through it. This was before the big Oprah scandle too.
What books have you divorced?