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Books I Shelved And Why

I talk about the books I shelved in 2020 and list the reasons why.

#BooksIShelved – While I’ve already finished 25 books this year, I’ve shelved many. Maybe because I shelve books that don’t engage me and don’t persist with them, I’m able to move on quickly. Here is a post about seven of the books I shelved.

1. The Creativity Book: A year’s worth of Inspiration and Guidance by Eric Maisel – Didn’t find it that great. It had been suggested by a writer, so I expected more.

2. Manimekhalai: The Dancer With the Magic Bowl by Shattan – Badly translated and made for a poor reading experience.

3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles DuHigg – Read 50% of it and then got sick of it. ( post continued after image)

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4. Roar- Cecilia Ahern – The stories in the collection followed a theme. I understand the need for a theme, but each story seemed to be a very mild variation of the other, so the novelty factor wore off, I got sick of it soon, and I ditched it.

5. My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Frederick Backman – Ditched it at 35%. In the first two chapters, it’s about the relationship between grandma and grandchild, which is endearing. But after that, it’s about the made-up magical world that the grandma created( of creatures called monsters and others called wurses), which somehow seem to appear in the real world. The child has to give letters to these creatures from her now-dead grandma. After a point, the reader is confused as to what’s real and what’s not…It all gets too fuzzy and woolly for my liking.

6. Circe by Madeline Miller- This was the audiobook that I put away because my gadgets are not functioning properly. My phone is giving me trouble and I didn’t want to listen to Circe on the laptop.

7. Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development- Weiland, K.M. – I felt that this book complicated the act of writing too much.

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Do let me know via the comments section.

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2 Responses

  1. Oh, I have left so many books unfinished. No point keep reading a book that doesn’t interest you. I haven’t read any of these books. And I left A Man Called Ove unfinished (I really tried to read that).

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