The Book I Couldn’t Finish

First off, let me apologize for my lack of being here lately. Things have been, not great, around here and I let everything fall to the wayside. That isn’t fair to our readers or to the other foxes and hound. I’m truly sorry for neglecting you all. I hope you can all forgive me as I am trying to turn things back around in my life. That includes being here. I have always loved being a fox, getting to talk and get to know you all over the years has been a blessing. I lost part of myself and am fighting to get that back.

Now, on to this week’s review. Since this pandemic started I have been reading classics with Wyatt. We read Narnia, The Little House series, The Secret Garden. He is loving these books and I am enjoying discovering them all over again. We decided to go with one that I have never read, so we grabbed our copy of Mary Poppins. We snuggled in with a cat stretched out across my legs and two puppies on Wyatt’s lap and began to read. We made it four chapters in before I finally told Wyatt that I couldn’t finish it. He wanted to keep reading so I read another chapter the next night but still felt the same. So my son took the book from me and told me he would finish it on his own.

I have always wanted to read Mary Poppins. Part of the reason I could not finish it was the flow of the story. It didn’t seem to fit together. The story just seemed very choppy to me. The chapters didn’t seem like continuations from the previous one. It was more like they were short stories shoved together in a book. I am certain that another reason I could not finish it is because I have loved the movie for as long as I can remember. Mary Poppins has always been this sweet, magical nanny but in the bit of the book that I read she comes across as arrogant and a little mean.

Have you ever started a book that you have been looking forward to reading only to be disappointed?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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8 Responses to The Book I Couldn’t Finish

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Welcome back!
    I know things have been stressful and rocky for you — for quite a while now. I’m glad if things seem to be settling down finally.
    Like you, my initial exposure to Mary Poppins was through the Disney film. I’ve never been a huge fan of that movie, but I like parts, especially DVD’s Chim-chim-er-ee number.
    But until I saw “Saving Mr. Banks” I had no idea that the author was so bitter & cranky.
    And when we got a glimpse of her childhood, it became (partly) evident why.
    Now, to your question: have I ever started a book I supposed would be good … but was disappointed?
    Well, duh… yeah, plenty of times.
    And it’s usually been a title that had a lot of bally-hoo… like one I picked up in a dollar store to take on a trip with me. I’ve tried over the years to remember its name, but it was so tedious that I truly had to struggle to get through it. Yes, I kept reading. It’s my stubborn streak, I guess. I kept thinking that I’d find some redeeming quality to the story that would justify all those glowing reviews.
    Nope. Never did.
    Another example that was not quite as bad.
    I’d heard this author (John Berendt) speak and loved his book (…Garden of Good and Evil)… so I was eager to tackle the book he wrote about Venice.
    Ugh. A theater burned down, he talked to a zillion people about it. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
    I guess it’s really hard to have a huge best-seller… and then come back down to earth and have to hunt for a great follow-up story.
    Joseph Heller had that problem after Catch-22.
    I’ve heard Elizabeth Gilbert talk about her issues after “Eat,Pray, Love.”
    I’ve never heard Berendt “defend” himself for that awful book about Venice… and many of the reviewers were way too kind, in deference to his first success. But I thought it was quite lame.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Yes, I have been disappointed to not be able to finish a book. I have a difficult time reading books that don’t have action in them, along with other characteristics. I won’t give away any more, because we’ll be discussing this next week.

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  3. We can all understand life and family problems, Angie, but it is always good to have a full roster and to have you with us.
    I read many books like the Little House series and The Secret Garden with my sons. They were books that I had not read when I was young. As for Mary Poppins, I read them a couple of years ago. I must have mentioned here somewhere how ghastly some of it was. If nothing else, she completely ‘gaslighted’ the children, telling them that the things they experienced never happened!
    I have been disappointed in many ‘classics’, I have to admit. Tess of D’Ubervilles is possibly one of the most gosh-awful books ever written. Why they have insisted on generations of highschoolers reading it, I will never know.
    I do hope that things are going better for you personally and that we will see you regularly now.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Yes, I’ve been unable to finish a book before. I used to to determined to finish something I started, but as time went on I decided that was silly. If I’m not enjoying the book, why continue?

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  5. Best wishes to you, Angela. It’s hard when things go crazy in your life and disrupt other things that bring you joy. Been there.

    Regarding disappointing books. Yes, I’ve read many. But I read them all the way through just so I won’t miss any good parts and to give the author a chance. If it’s someone I’ve read before and loved their writing, one bad story will not stop me from reading their next book. But if it’s someone new to me, it might be the last I read of their writing unless I read a sample from another book they’ve written and the story gets off to a good start or the writing style has improved. Then I might give them another try.

    As a writer, I believe you can learn something from everything you read, good or bad.

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  6. I usually try to finish a book, but nowadays I’m less apt to do so. Too many books, too little time to waste reading one I’m not enjoying. Books I’ve least enjoyed (but that were required reading for a class) were most often considered classics.I know there were a few, like Moby Dick, that I never really finished but managed to skate by in a class. I guess I have a harder time relating to “literary” books. I do know that books and movies made from them seldom match and one or the other can be a disappointment.
    I hope you’re doing better. These are tough times. Hang in there!

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