Pacing is very vital when it comes to reading a novel. Pacing can make or break your reading experience. I have three huge hindrances when it comes to reading: 1) not having enough focus time to read. 2) reading interruptions. 3) I’m a slow reader. I’m starting to believe that these issues are causing me to rate books lower than they deserve. I find that I have a more rewarding reading experience when I have hours of free time to just read with no interruptions. If I don’t have the time to read for long periods of time, I eventually get frustrated with the book, the world, the ideas. Due to the interruptions, the pacing of the book seems choppy and I can never get a good flow going which is not the book’s fault. Often, I DNF (do not finish) complicated long books because I just don’t have the time or the focus to devote to them. This causes me to miss out on many rewarding reading experiences.Then after reading a book for so long, I get frustrated and I end up giving the book a low rating even though it was me who needs the poor reading grade.
I need to think about this book rating thing in a different way or just not rate books at all.
This challenge is called Top 5 Wednesday created by Lainey from Goodreads. So, I’m a day late. Below you will find a list of the books I didn’t finish. It wasn’t always the book’s fault. Here is my list.
5) The Archived by Victoria Schwab – I just didn’t care about the plot or the characters.
4) Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller – I don’t know what I was reading. This may be my fault. I don’t think I’m ready for this type of book. I need to go back to school in order to grasp the concept.
3) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I have every intention to finish this one. I just started to read another book and then 2 books in I forgot to go back to it. This is on my TBR (to be read) list.
2) Roomanitarian by Henry Rollins- I had to stop reading this book for my own good. My sanity was in question while consuming this book.
1) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- I simply adore Chimamanda. I learned about her when I saw her on TED talk. I found the “We Should All Be Feminists” TED talk to be awesome. So, it pains my heart to admit that this book started off on a good note and mid way through I hated every word. This book is pretentious and haughty. And, it was too long. Jouelzy gave a really good review of “Americanah.” Check it out here.