Okay, so I feel bad for admitting it, but I did not finish (or barely even start) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I know this was a widely popular book. It was on the New York Times Best Seller List. Over 15 million copies were sold in the U.S. There was a European and American film version. There were sequels and everything. But I couldn’t get into it.
I was excited to read this book when I got it as a gift because I’d heard positive reviews, and I loved the bright, colorful cover. But now it is just a decorative item on my bookcase.
So why didn’t I like it, when clearly so many readers did? Mainly because it was soooooo boring! I couldn’t make myself interested in Swedish companies or the vague crime or the personality-less main character. The prologue didn’t spark my interest. I’m annoyed when I can’t pronounce character names or names of places. The writing felt like it was far away from the action—like just hinting at things that happened. So I gave up. I couldn’t read it. And then when I heard people actually talk about the plot of the book, it certainly didn’t make me eager to give the book another try. Sorry, Stieg—I’ve got too many books I’d rather read!
How about you? What books have you given up on?