I very rarely don’t finish a book. I have this need that once I have chosen to read said book, no matter what I will finish it. This said there are some that I have put down because I just couldn’t finish them at that time. Most recently if you saw my ‘RaiReading’ on instagram I started ‘The Wild Girl’ by Kate Forsyth. I only got a quarter through the book this time round. I wasn’t connecting to the characters like I wanted to and the storyline wasn’t grasping my attention. I’m sure though that in a few months (sometimes it takes years) I will be able to pick it up once again and finish it.
Now onto the one book that I thought I couldn’t ever finish but have ended up loving the series and moved onto impatiently waiting for the next book.
‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss.
I was a lot younger when I picked up this book, from memory I was about 14 and couldn’t quite handle characters who had to go through emotional trauma. It got about half way through the book and the main character Kvothe was dealing with very upsetting situations that younger Rai kept getting very attached to. I think in the end I thought that if I just stopped reading it would put Kvothe out of his misery earlier than if I kept pushing thorough. It was the first book I ever stopped reading.
Luckily for me my mum decided to start reading this book. My mum and I are about the closest I have come to a book club as we seem to read each others books after another and then discuss our feelings afterwards. So that is what happened. I was convinced I could never read this book. It took a few weeks of my mum pestering me that it was amazing and the ending was worth it before I picked it up and started again.
I am so glad I did. The universe that Rothfuss has created is so vast and real that I forget where I am while reading. The fantasy and magical aspects are slight and written in a way that makes them fit in perfectly in a real situation. Plus I love the character Kvothe and everyone he meets. They are truly unique characters and I can’t wait to keep following their story.
Plus it turns out that if I had just read one more chapter more before giving up, Kvothe’s luck would have changed and I would’ve been much happier haha!
It just proves to show that you can put something down and then in the future have a total different mindset and end up finishing what you couldn’t finish. I’m hoping I can do this with ‘The Wild Girl.
Have there been any books that you haven’t been able to finish at first? Let me know in the comments!