Duds We Quit On

Sometimes you will see books in our header here but not the review.  That's because they did not hold our interest and so we quit on them.  We are listing them here so that if you are looking for a particular review on a book you saw in our header, you can easily see if we finished it or not by checking this page.  Sorry if your book is listed here.  Maybe others might love it but we are just giving our honest opinion.  Please don't take it personally--we don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson  (Gerard didn't like it and quit)

Rage by Jonathan Maberry (Gerard didn't like it and quit)

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal (Gerard did not finish)

A WOMAN of NO IMPORTANCE by Sonia Purnell (reads like a textbook rather than a novel--boring)

The Toll by Neal Shusterman (Karen loved the Scythe series but could not get into this one.  Maybe because it was so long between books.  Gerard could not get into it either.)

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher (Gerard quit on this one)

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter (Didn't keep Gerard's interest)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Gerard couldn't get into this one, gave up early on it.)

By Your Side by Kasie West (Gerard gave up early on this one)

Wherever You Go by Tracie Peterson (Karen started but moved to slowly and got bored with it so switched to something else)

Wilder Girls by Rory Power (Gerard did not finish)

Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt (neither of us could get into this.  Too many murders at beginning, too many people to learn and keep track of, was confusing)

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (did not get Gerard's interest)

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman (Did not appeal to Karen, couldn't get into it)

City of Thieves by David Benioff (Gerard was bored with this)

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Gerard quit on this)

Mister Tender's Girl  by Carter Wilson (Gerard quit on this)

American Predator by Maureen Callahan (Not what Gerard thought, only about one case and lost interest)

Girl in the Dark by Marion Pauw (Gerard lost interest, did not finish)

Waiting for Fitz by Spencer Hyde (boring and no action--just dialogue in psych ward for teens, Karen read to pg. 56 and wasn't hooked)

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (Too long and Gerard did not to stick with it)

When You Disappeared by John Marrs (Gerard gave up on this, too slow)

Next to Die by Sophie Hannah (Gerard did not like)

Famished:  An Ash Park Novel by Meghan O'Flynn (Too much foul language, gore and lust/sex for Karen's taste.)

The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell (Gerard couldn't get into it and very fat book.)

The Storm on Our Shores by Mark Obmascik (Heard about this on 60 Minutes but did not care for the book)

If the Ice Had Held by Wendy J. Fox (Gerard did not care for this)

I AM I AM I AM by Maggie O'Farrell (Gerard did not care for this)

Pounding the Rock--Basketball Dreams and Real Life in a Bronx High School by Marc Skelton (I made it halfway through but was disappointed in how little there was about actual basketball games.  Focused more on the city and the school system--Karen)

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll (Karen read up to around page 90 and wasn't into it.  It's a lot of snarky women who are on some feminist reality show, one of which is a lesbian)  

The Hot House--Life Inside Leavenworth Prison by Pete Earley (Gerard didn't read, rather read other things.

Soon the Light Will be Perfect by Dave Patterson (Gerard did not like enough to finish reading)

Once & Future (Too nuts for Karen's taste--space travel, King Arthur reincarnated in a girl's body.  Didn't want to waste any more of my time on this one.)

Zoo Nebraska by Carson Vaughan (Gerard quit on this one, did not hold his interest)

Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst (Karen couldn't get into the story about people who can turn into dragons)

Say Nothing--A True Story of Murder and memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe (Gerard did not care for this)

For Alison by Andy Parker (Gerard did not care of this)

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale (Karen gave up on this early, wasn't what I expected at all)

Passage by Justin Cronin (Gerard gave up on this one pretty quick)

Elmet by Fiona Mozley (Gerard gave up on this early)

Trumpets in the East by Don Hilton (About a Civil War veteran--Starts way too slow and both of us gave up on it.  Just too many good books to read to spend time on this one.)

House Swap

Under the Harrow 

The Witch Elm by Tana French started well but then I started skimming pages--too big to bother with when it isn't really good. (Gerard)

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (a teen fantasy Gerard couldn't get into it)

The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston (Gerard didn't like it enough to bother reading)

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll (Karen quit right off as soon as she found out the one sister was a Lesbian)

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (Gerard couldn't get into it)

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremlay:  This one Karen considered quitting on but kept going--should have quit on it:  https://ourstack.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-cabin-at-end-of-world-by-paul.html

12--The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight for Redemption (I like Tom Brady, the Patriot's amazing quarterback; however, I was disappointed in this book.  I thought it was going to be a lot of inside stuff, but as I read, I already knew most of it.  Ended up returning it before reading the whole thing.)--Gerard

Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Gerard couldn't get into it, too kiddish)

No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens (Gerard started it but DNF, said it was stupid)

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent  (Gerard did not care for this one)

The Shade by Evgenia Citkowitz (Gerard did not care for this one)

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (Gerard couldn't get into this one)

Kings of the Wyld by Nichola Eames (Gerard did not care for this one)

Want by Cindy Pon (Gerard did not care for it)

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella (Gerard did not care for this one)

TimeKeeper (Gerard did not care for this one - did not want to read about gays)

The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe (Gerard found it too boring)

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (Gerard did not care for this one--goofy)

Chasing Augustus by Kimberly Newton Fusco (Gerard said this was too kiddish for him but a kid might enjoy it.)

Lifelong Kindergarten by Mitchel Resnick (Gerard dumped this because it read like a textbook.

Odd Child Out by Gilly Macmillan (Gerard couldn't get into the characters)

The Blind by A.F. Brady (Gerard chucked this one because of too much smut.)

Finding Sanctuary Series by Nancy Mehl (Gathering Shadows, Deadly Echoes, Rising Darkness) (Disappointing, quit on it)

Waiting for Spring by Amanda Cabot (Didn't care for the two main characters storyline - one a seamstress and the guy a hopeful politician.)

American War by Omar El Akkad (Gerard dumped this one.)

Night Watch by Roy Johansen (Gerard gave up after 200 pages--didn't care for it)

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett (Gerard gave up on this one.)

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Gerard did not care for this one.)

Girl on the Leeside by Kathleen Anne Kenney (Just too slow moving for Karen.  Loved the cover but found book to be boring and plowed along--never looked forward to picking it up.  Started and stopped several times but finally gave up on it.)

Mary Poppins 80th Anniversary Collection by P. L. Travers (Karen did not find this interesting enough to keep her attention, but did like the illustrations  This seemed more like a bunch of short stories rather than one with a plot.  I suppose kids would like it since each chapter really is like a stand-alone story).  

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy.  (Gerard did not care for this one.)

Want by Cindy Pon (Gerard couldn't get into it.)

Stephen Florid by Gabe Habash (Gerard did not bother reading.)

The Last Kid Left (Gerard did not get into it.)

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich (Gerard was bored with this one.)

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson (Gerard did not care for this homosexual story.)

Freeks by Amanda Hocking (Not really a dud, Karen just didn't care about the fortune telling and paranormal aspect of this one.)
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman (Gerard did not care for this one; Karen started this because she liked A Man Called Ove so much by this author so wanted to read another of his books, but this one was sad--the little girl's relationship with her grandmother was touching and there is humor, especially with the grandmother, but a lot is about the make-believe world of stories the grandmother told which Karen found boring.  Just had better books to read so didn't want to plow through this one.)

The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst (This is a children's book that is really kiddish, liked Queen of Blood by this author so wanted to read another of her books.  Apparently she writes a wide variety.  This may not be bad, just not what Karen is in the mood to read right now.)

Nest by Terry Goodkind (Gerard started it but thought it was boring so gave up on it.)

The Trials of Apollo--Book One The Hidden Oracle (Not what Karen expected. She thought it was about an angel but it's about a mythological god, Apollo, being sent to earth as a mortal for punishment)

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Gerard did not care for this one.)

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (Too much sex talk, moved very slow, narrated by the psychiatrist which I found annoying--Karen did not like this at all and gave up on it before halfway.)

Marrow--A Love Story by Elizabeth Lesser (Gerard did not care for this one.)

The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray (Karen got bored with this, just moved too slowly and didn't like Miranda, one of the main characters.)

Night of the Animals by Bill Brown (Gerard couldn't get into this, boring about a guy trying to free animals from a zoo.)

Smoke by Dan Vyleta (Gerard couldn't get into this one.)

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (Gerard couldn't get into this one.)

Still Life and Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (Karen read up to page 112 and was bored with it.  Nothing exciting going on, didn't grab me or hold my interest.)

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton (Too slow for Gerard's taste.)

Chin by Larry McShane (Gerard did not care for this--too slow.)

Watership Down by Richard Adams (Karen started this because she heard good things about it but was surprised at how long it was which also made it too heavy to carry back and forth to work.  It's a story about rabbits and just did not hold her interest enough to plow through.  She did enjoy the colorful pictures throughout though and thought the book was very pretty.  It being a library book, just didn't have the time to read it all.)

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Gerard did not care for it.)

The Mathews Men--7 Brothers & the War against Hitler's U-Boats by William Geroux (Gerard did not care for it.)

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes (Gerard didn't care for it, said it was stupid.)

Firstlife by Gena Showalter (Gerard thought it was stupid.)

While the City Slept by Eli Sanders (Gerard did not care for this one.)

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Gerard did not care for this, not big on time travel books.)

After She's Gone by Lisa Jackson (Gerard did not care for this one.)

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Gerard couldn't get into this)

The Killing Jar by Nicola Monaghan (Gerard couldn't get into it)

This Census-taker by Chine Mieville (Gerard didn't care for this one--didn't sound good to Karen either.)

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (Gerard didn't care for it so quit reading)

Trashed by Derf Backderf (Gerard didn't care for this graphic novel so quit on it)

Sweet Ruin by Kresle Cole just wasn't for Gerard.

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (Gerard started it but said it was too boring--needed more action.)

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon (Gerard started it but said it skips around back and forth in time too much to suit him.  Couldn't really get into it.)

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (Gerard said it was the dumbest book ever and gave up on it.)

Fates & Furies by Lauren Croff (Gerard couldn't get into it.)

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (Gerard didn't care for it; Karen loved the cover but the book did not interest her.)

Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones (Karen quit on this, just wasn't in the mood for it.)

The Boy in the Suit Case by Lene Kaaberbol  (Gerard said this one was "stupid")

Brush Back by Sara Paretsky (Gerard did not like this one--quit on it.)

Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay (Gerard thought it was stupid and quit on it.)

Blackbird by Tom Wright (Gerard found this boring and quit on it.)

Christopher's Diary:  Secrets of Foxworth by V. C. Andres (Gerard did not care for this one.)

The Martian by Andy Weir (Karen was bored from the start and couldn't get into it.  Too scientific.)

Karen quit on Vicious by V. E. Schwab because of lots of senseless killing, far-out unbelievable story line, didn't like either main character, didn't like the writing going back and forth in time all over the place.  (On the other hand, Gerard loved it!)

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover (the sequel to Slammed which I liked a lot)  Karen couldn't get into this book because it seemed it was just building up to Will and Lake shacking up together.  Wasn't enough to hold my interest.  I was actually more interested in the younger brothers than Will and Lake.  Gave up on this after 66 pages to read better things.

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone is the same story as Time Between Us (which I read and liked) but from the guy's perspective.  Decided to pass on this one since it's the same story I already read.

Second Life by S. J. Watson (too much bed scenes for our taste)

Luckiest girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (Not even close to as good as Gone Girl like it proclaimed)

Everything I Never Told You (too many better books to read right now)

The Children Act by Ian McEwan (dumped, not interested--too boring)

The Leveller by Julia Durango (teen sci-fi Gerard couldn't get into about virtual reality gaming)

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (Gerard read about 30 pages and gave up on it)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Not for Gerard)

The Blondes by Emily Schultz (Gerard couldn't get into this one.)

The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister (Gerard started it but did not care for this.)

A Lady in France by Jennie Goutat (Thought it would be about the lady with 8 kids but isn't.  It's about a lady's spiritual journey and how she travels all over teaching but is slow and boring.  Gave up halfway through to read better things.

Long Way Down by Michael Sears (Gerard could not get into this at all.)

Entangled by Nikki Jefford (Didn't like, paranormal involving curses and witchcraft.  Not my "cup of tea.")

Empty Mansions (The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune) by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. (Gerard found this dull reading)

Dust by Patricia Cornwell was too slow moving for me and pretty boring.  It's a big fat book, over 400 pages and I read up to 142.  I did not care for the writing style either.  A conversation would start and the author would interrupt with what the character was thinking which was distracting to me.

Gerard couldn't get into any of these and quickly quit on them:
     The Undertaker's Daughter by Kate Mayfield
     The Man Who Couldn't Stop -OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam
     Half Bad by Sally Green 

Fifty Mice by Daniel Pyne (Gerard could not get into this.)

Us by David Nicholls (Gerard didn't care for this, couldn't get into it.)

Fractured Legacy by Charles B. Neff (Too slow and boring, neither of us stuck with it.)

Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano (Too slow, too boring).

The Gift of Darkness by V. M. Giambanco (Yak, yak, yak, no action).

Five by Ursula Archer (Gerard couldn't get into this.)

Drama High by Michael Sokolove (Not what Gerard expected.)

The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach (Gerard started it but didn't like it.)

Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Grunville (Gerard started this but didn't care for it.)

The Book of WHY by Nicholas Montemarano (Gerard started this but was bored and gave up on it.)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Gerard gave this book two tries but gave up on it--couldn't get into it.)

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Gerard heard good things about this book but was very disappointed in it--tried twice but couldn't get into it.)

The Last Town by Blake Crouch (Aliens weren't for Gerard, did not interest him.)

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris (Gerard just did not care for it.)

The Painter by Peter Heller  (Karen got it based on a good teaser she read, but gave up on it due to the writing (lots of description), too much swearing, bad language, and sexual content.)

The Vacationers by Emma Straub (Gerard says it is very bad - dull)

The Bees by Laline Paull (If you like bees or want to learn about bees, then you may enjoy this book which is a fictional story about bees told from a bee's perspective, but Gerard didn't bother with it once he found out what it was like.)

The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings (Gerard said it was boring and couldn't get into it.)

Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman (bland says Gerard)

The Untold by Courtney Collins (told by a dead baby which creeped Gerard out)

A Dark and Twisted Tide  by Sharon Bolton (Gerard thinks it is too predictable--had it figured out at pg. 100)

The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea (Gerard thought it was boring, couldn't get into it although it is a true story and a national bestseller)

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson - Dumb, confusing--Gerard

 The Good Spy by Kai Bird- BORING.- Gerard

Welcome to Fred (Kindle book) No plot, rambles on, just dumb.  Wouldn't recommend it to anyone.  Gave up on it, couldn't get into it and was half way through; boring. YA--Karen)

Off Course by Michelle Huneven ("Who would like this book?  It's boring."--Gerard)

I Can Hear You Whisper--An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language (Not what Gerard thought--is to much like a textbook read and too deep.)

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor (Gerard says this is BORING.)

Casebook by Mona Simpson (Gerard could not get into this one.)

Struck by Genius--How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel (DUD!  It was okay until it got into the math part which was over my head so I had no understanding of it--Gerard)

No Way Back by Matthew Klein (Gerard read up to page 150 and didn't like it, couldn't get into it at all.)

The Bosnia List by Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro--A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return (didn't get Gerard's interest, not what he expected).

The Black House by Peter May (Karen couldn't get into it--too slow moving.)

The Martian by Andrew Weir (Gerard quit early on this one due to all the foul language and it was just stupid.)

The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman (Gerard was disappointed in this one, not good enough to keep his interest.)

Ever Night (Gerard read the first book so long ago that he forgot the characters and couldn't remember enough to enjoy this one so quit on it.)

Into the Still Blue (Gerard just couldn't get into this one.)

Caught by Lisa Moore (Gerard started it but couldn't get into it -- had other books he'd rather read.)

Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne (Nothing great here, had it figured out by page 100 so quit.)

How Dogs Love Us--A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns (Liked the picture of the dog on the cover but the book is boring, reads like a textbook.)

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Gerard says it's confusing, got to page 150 and could not get into it so quit.)

Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield (Gerard read 100 pgs. and said it is slow and dull)

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (Gerard said it's too long, couldn't get into it and would rather read something else.)

Mistress by James Patterson (The people on Amazon were right about this one, should have done my due diligence and checked it out first.)

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld (One of the girls has a lesbian relationship, not interested in reading about this.)

We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo (Gerard could not get into this one, got to page 100 and gave up.)

The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver (Gerard quit on this, too long and confusing.)

The Bone Season did not interest Gerard.

RG3 The Promise by Sheinin (Gerard says he shouldn't have gotten this one, boring.)

Feedback by Robison Wells (Gerard says it's just stupid, read 200 pages and quit on it.  Was disappointed in this one because the first book was so good--Variant.)

Lost Girls--an Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker (Gerard gave up on this because of the bad language.)

Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron (Gerard tried reading this several times but just didn't like it--no action, lots of yak, yak, yak = boring.)

Pilgrim's Wilderness by Tom Kizzia (Gerard didn't like reading about a pervert so dumped this book quick.)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Karen found this so boring that she kept dozing off every time she tried reading it.  The language is verbose and the plot wasn't interesting enough to hold her interest.  There are just too many other books she'd rather be reading. 

Long Division by Kiese Laymon (Lots of offensive language--not for us!)

Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline (Karen was disappointed in this, liked the premise but too much description and too slow moving.  Would rather read something more interesting with more action.)

Raising the Curve by Ron Berler (Gerard--It's okay, but just wanted something more interesting.  Didn't want to spend time on this one when there are so many other books that interest me more.)

Summer Death (Disappointing thriller, Gerard kept trying to finish it because it's one he agreed to review but just couldn't get into it.  Got a little over halfway through and finally gave up on it. Did not hold his attention at all!

The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs by Nick Trout (Gerard read up to page 200 and quit, says it's "bad.")

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (Gerard gave up on this one--too girly)

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle (Gerard says this is a girlie book and couldn't get into it.)

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong  (We liked the show, but found the book to be pretty dull and gave up on it.)

Child Catchers by Kathryn Joyce (Gerard said the author just kept knocking Evangelicals and Christians in this book so didn't care to read that.)

Ghost Man by Roger Hobbs (Gerard could not get into this one at all--tried, but the prologue didn't interest him.)

A Nearly Perfect Copy by Allison Amend (Gerard couldn't get into this, not what he thought it would be.)

Partials by Dan Wells (Too sad, babies dying days after being born, got to page 73 and gave up, slow moving, no particular feeling towards the characters)

The Victory Season by Robert Weintraub (Gerard said he thought it would be good, but it's boring.)

Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French (Cold not get into this after reading Reconstructing Amelia.)

All you could ask for by Mike Greenberg (Gerard said this is a woman's book, didn't care for it so gave up on it.)

Kidjacked--a father's story by Scott Lesnick (Gerard couldn't get into it.)

The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie (Gerard says he's "dumping this, it's no good.  I'm already skipping pages!")

Whitey--The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill (BORING--put Gerard to sleep!)

Beyond Belief --My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill (Gerard started this but thought it was boring and gave up on it.)

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (Gerard didn't like it, dirty language.)

Benediction by Kent Haruf (Gerard was bored with this, too slow moving.  Said it's an old person's book.)

Kill Anything That Moves by Nick Turse (Wasn't what Gerard thought it would be, more like a news report.)

Guilt by Jonathan Kellerlman (Gerard read to page 200, just boring so quit on it to read better things.)

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood recommended in teaser by Nishita's Rants and Raves (Read almost half and gave up on it.  Wasn't at all what I expected.  Was futuristic about changed role of women related to politics and sex.  Did not care for it, really couldn't get into it.)

Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye (Thought it would be about the family's vacation trip but it was more like a documentary about researching polar bears.)

Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell (Barely started, Gerard couldn't get into it.)

The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan (Gerard said this one is terrible.  He didn't care about any of the characters and gave up in it.)

The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr (Gerard couldn't get into this one even though the library classed it as a "sizzler."  I chose it by the cover but was greatly disappointed in it.)

The Thieves of Legend by Richard Doetsch (Gerard couldn't get into this even though it is a thriller, maybe because it takes place in China.)

The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Gerard couldn't get into it)

Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (teen) - (Karen started it but moved too slowly, some funny things not interesting enough to keep my attention.)

Darkness Rising--Secrets and Murder.  Angels and Demons.  Welcome to East Salem.  (Gerard couldn't get into this one.)

Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth (Gerard started it but couldn't get into it.)

Ender's Shadow--Battle School by Orson Scott Card (Karen didn't realize this was a graphic book, like a comic book.  Decided not to read it.)

Heaven Should Fall by Rebecca Coleman (Gerard couldn't get into this one.)

NW by Zadie Smith--(Not what Gerard thought it would be.)

The Raven Boys (Karen did not care for this because it dealt with fortune telling, supernatural powers and the plot made absolutely no sense whatsoever to her.  I saw a lot of good teasers and reviews for it, but it's just didn't appeal to me.)

Sharp A Memoir by David Fitzpatrick (Gerard said it was boring and didn't bother reading it--barely started it though)

Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta, MD (Gerard says this was BORING)

Monkey Mind, A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith--Gerard says:  This is the ultimate example of don't judge a book by the cover--thought this would be funny, but it's TERRIBLE!  (Gerard)

Joe Paterno --Gerard thought it would be about the current scandal involving Penn State but it's all about his whole career.  Didn't read it because he already knew about that.

Winter Journal by Paul Auster (Karen only read to page 8 before giving up on this one.  Just boring and did not like the lengthy sentences that rambled on and on or the fact that it keeps jumping to and from the present and the past.  It's about a 63 yr. old man reviewing his life.)

The Lucky Ones by Jenny Brown  (boring  Gerard said, "Remind me not to get any more animal books."

Death at Sea World by David Kirby  (Gerard skimmed through this and wasn't impressed.  It didn't really grab his attention and the history of whales didn't interest him.)

Dream Team by Jack McCallum (Gerard started this but quit because it wasn't anything he already didn't know.)

I Am Forbidden (Gerard started it twice but was too heavy about Jews and didn't like it.) School For Tricksters (Karen started it but was too boring and couldn't get into it.) The Cove by Ron Rash (Gerard started it but didn't like it.)

The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner (Gerard gave up on this one--liked the cover but didn't read much of the book.)

Bloom by Kelle Hampton (Gerard said this is a woman's book--I wondered why he ordered it!)

Crazy by William Peter Blatty (Karen couldn't get into this one, didn't like the writing style with run on sentences or the story line. Just picked this off the library shelf because I was looking for something to read and didn't have any in that I had ordered.)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Gerard quit on this one because it was too raunchy.)

Hard Measures by Rodriguez Jr. (Gerard thought it was boring.)

God's Guest List by Debbie Macomber (Karen thought this was boring and only read halfway through.  I loved her other non-fiction book enough to buy it, One Simple Act but this one did not appeal to me.  It is a conglomeration of short stories of people in her life that made an impact, or in others lives.  It's about viewing people as an opportunity to be a tool for God to use in their lives and different benefits we receive from different types of people.)  

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer (Couldn't get into it, reads like a textbook about creativity.)

What They Do in the Dark by Amanda Coe  (Gerard couldn't get into it.)

Welcome to the Town of Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley (Gerard quit early on this one because he said it's too babyish, after all it is for Juveniles.)

In the Still of The Night by Ann Rule (Gerard said he couldn't get into it so quit on it early.)

Once Upon a Secret--My Affair With President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath by Mimi Alford (Gerard--too trashy for me, just started it but all sex, turned me off.  I thought it would be good.)

When God Talks Back by T. M. Luhrmann (Gerard didn't care for this at all when he started it, says it reads like a text book--not what he was expecting.)

Kill Shot by Vince Flynn (Gerard ordered this by mistake, meant to get Kill Switch.  Didn't read much of this one.)

How it all Began by Penelope Lively:  Don't know why I got this, it's stupid.  (Gerard)

On The Edge:  It's a girlie book.  (Gerard)

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer is a paranormal teen novel with lots of lust which neither of us cared for.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins is about a girl, a boy and drugs.  It's a "girlie" book that I couldn't get into.  I did like others by this author though (Impulse, Identical and Perfect were all good!)  (Gerard)

Find Me by Carol O'Connell (Gerard)  Just didn't like this, couldn't get into it.

Horses Never Lie About Love--Heartwarming Story of a Remarkable Horse Who Changed the World Around Her by Jana Harris (Gerard)
This is for horse people which I am not. Didn't keep my interest.

The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina (Gerard)
Didn't hold my attention, couldn't get into it.

Walk The Blue Fields by Claire Keegan (Gerard)
Terrible book!  BORING!

Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell (Gerard)
This book was disappointing to me.  I read 200 pages and just couldn't get into it.

The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans (Karen)
This started out slow and was a bit confusing so I gave up on this one after just a few pages.  I'd rather read something else.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Gerard)
Thought this would be good because I heard they are making a movie based on it, but couldn't get into it.

Holy Ghost Girl (Gerard)
Started it but didn't grab my interest.  Would rather read something else.

Unmeasured Strength by Lauren Manning (Gerard)
Slow moving, just was kind of boring to me.  Didn't hold my interest.  Again, had other books I wanted to read more.

The Kingdom of Children (Gerard)
I was bored with this one so gave up on it earlier; had other books I really was looking forward to reading.

Dark Mirror by Mary Jo Putney (Karen)
I didn't realize this book was about witches and magic until I started reading it.  Just am not interested in this type of book.

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner (Karen)
I read a third of it but wasn't interested enough to continue reading.  This chick-lit book just did not appeal to me.  Didn't care about the characters, felt it had a weak plot.  Too many other books I'd rather read.

Language of Flowers (Gerard)

In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard (Gerard)
Not as good as I expected--girly book.

Dog Tags (Gerard)
Just wasn't interesting enough to hold my attention.

Coffins Of Little Hope (Gerard)
Gave up on this one, just couldn't get into it.

The Way Things Look To Me by Roopa Farooki (Gerard)
Made no sense.

Push by Sapphire (Gerard)
Terrible language.

Discovery of Witches (Gerard)
Just no interested in witches but got it because it was so popular.  I didn't care for it though.

Agent X (Gerard)

Skippy Dies (Gerard)

Breach of Trust by David Ellis (Gerard)
Not what I thought. Have others I'd rather read.

Bringing Adam Home--The Abduction That Changed America by Les Standiford and Joe Matthews
I gave up on this because it read like a newspaper rather than a story.  (Gerard)

Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles (Karen)
This book is about death.  The girl's family owns a funeral home so is around death a lot.  I just couldn't get into it at all.  Seemed sad and boring.  Can't believe it's for ages 8-12.

Red Wolf by Liza Marklund (Gerard)
Couldn't get into this one--too slow.

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (Gerard)
We usually like her books and this one starts out okay but then its about two Lesbians which just didn't appeal to me so I ditched this one.

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (Karen)
Just couldn't get into this one at all about wizards and the Unseen University. It made absolutely no sense to me and I didn't want to spend my time reading 400 pages trying to figure it out.

Hell to Pay by George P. Pelecanos (Gerard)
I read 200 pages and did not like this.  The language was very bad and the plot was not interesting enough to make me want to finish the book.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Gerard)
Didn't care for this, slow, couldn't get into it.

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (Gerard)
I thought this would be good but it isn't.  Would rather read something else so gave up on this one.

The Lord Of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (Gerard)
It's supposed to be real good, but I couldn't follow it.  Just couldn't get into it at all.

Wish I Could Be There:  Notes From A Phobic Life by Allen Shawn (Gerard)
I got this one by mistake from the library and started it anyhow, but reads like a text book--boring!

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
The reasons Gerard did not like this:
(1) Way too many characters; (2) Lingo used in this book gets old fast; (3) the plot is hard to follow and (4) the jokes are not funny.  I think this book is aimed at a teen audience.  Maybe teens would find this interesting and readable, but I did not.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire:  Not good at all.  Not what I thought it would be. . .expected it to be good like the play but isn't.  The writing was bad, made no sense, hard to follow.  You've been warned!  --Gerard

The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving--How Dogs Have Captured our Hearts For Thousands Of Years by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson:  Not what I expected at all.  Not really about a dog but more like a textbook about dogs.

Gerard:  Irish Thunger:  The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward by Bob Halloran
(This is the story about a boxer that I just couldn't get into although ESPN said it was the sports book of the year.  Perhaps I didn't care for it because I don't particularly like boxing, although I loved the ROCKY movies.)

Karen:  Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
(I started this but gave up half way through and didn't want to waste any more time on it because it wasn't at all like I expected.  The language was very rough and the animals were not portrayed in a good light at all.  The "fables" seemed long to me.  This book got so much hype but I do not see why.

The Tiger by John Vaillant

Walking Wisdom by Gotham Chopra

I'm With Fatty:  Losing 50 Pounds In 50 Miserable Weeks by Edward Ugel

Black House by Stephen King

Choosing To See by Mary Beth Chapman

Gerard:  The Tower, The Zoo, and the Tortoise Julia Stuart
This is another book that got a lot of hype that I was very disappointed in.  It made no sense and I just didn't "get" it.

Karen:  Gerald's Game by Stephen King
Just sick!  About sex games.  Creepy guy handcuffed wife to the bed for the whole book.  Lots of psychological dialogue going on.  Barely started it and had to quit, just too sick.

This is why we use the library.

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