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Zzzzzing through books

The letter for today’s post is Z and it certainly isn’t an easy one to make this day end. We have been brainstorming since morning about what to do, and have been coming up zero, zilch, nada…! And those are not topics that we came up with .. that was actually what we had to show for! Nothing!!

Until, we did come up with something… Zzzzz! Nah Nah, I ain’t asleep, that’s the topic for this God forsaken letter!

Zzzzz .. Books so boring that they put me to sleep 😴

As much as I love books and gush over them, to my utter discomfort, there are some that have bored me to death and I can’t even recall how many times my Kindle or the book or even my mobile has fallen on my face while I just went in to the sleepy la la land while reading them. Do I feel guilty for finding a book boring? Hells yeah! Did I try to hang onto them, in wake of they might get interesting? So many times, yes!! Did I abandon them mid-way (or even fast forward a few chapters)? Sadly, true.

These and so many more related questions bother us when we come across a book that doesn’t interest us. The reasons can be so many..the story line is flawed, the writing style is poor or character development isn’t to our taste. Maybe the genre isn’t one we prefer. Have your pick. But it has happened to us too many times to count.

In this post, I’m gonna be listing the books that I have found boring (which might sound like I deliberately go for such books and then rant here, but that’s not it, or I’d like to think so 😉 ). 

1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

A way to fix your almost broken marriage by means of an old landline telephone. Sounds intriguing enough? Yeah..I thought so too. Then I thought this as well…

Sure, fictional books are just that.. fictional. But you’d hope things would make sense! Nothing in this book made sense to me. An age old telephone helps the lead couple communicate while time travelling..but they are actually not time travelling. It says so in the book’s summary. The only explanation is ruled out. So then what the hell is going on? The character development is poor and confusing, there’s no sufficient explanation for how the wife is still in present while she is talking to her husband who is now in the past?? Or is it the other way round? Spoiler alert?? Eh! Don’t bother!

2. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Another bummer and to my astonishment, a best seller! The name says it all.. the main woman in the book is stuck in a cabin numbered 10..on a boat. I already knew..the character might have similarities with the main character from The Girl on The Train.. alcoholic, unbalanced, messed up personal life..and guess what, I was right. But the writing style was quite nice in the beginning. Lot of anticipation and suspense building up..yet, somewhere in the middle, I lost interest in the plot, because nothing much was happening. I slept through so many chapters, and skipped forward. In the end, just to finish the book and discover the missing pieces to the puzzle, I flipped through the pages..and (surprise, surprise!) found it utterly disappointing.

3. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

A classic read..but OMG! Boring beyond anything!! 

An old man…trying to fish…in the sea — that’s it! A novel made out of it. I can’t, for the life of me, understand what is the big deal here. Sure, there are metaphoric interpretations..but let’s call a spade a spade! There isn’t much to the book. 

Check out my detailed review on this book here and see for yourself why I found the book unsatisfying.

4. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

A book with a long ass title which says it all. And I was utterly bored. 

An old man who is on the run for some reasons and the plot builds from there. Honestly, to me, it seemed that the writer is writing wherever the story is taking him, with no fixed plot or destination in his mind. Aimlessly! Little do I have to say about that!!

5. Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be by Joel McHale, Brad Stevens, Boyd Vico

Another book with a long ass title…when will I learn!!

I’m a fan of romance and humor, and the writer of this book is a stand up and prime time comedian. I saw many of his videos promoting the book, I read excerpts online and thought..it looks funny, the guy is a comedian after all, might as well give it a shot! Well, the book is just that. First of all..soooo many footnotes. Like every page has 5 of ’em, which is utterly distracting for a reader. Secondly, unnecessary sarcastic comments all the damn time! I get it, you are a comedian..it shows in the writing. But I don’t want to read sarcasm and jokes in every other line. There’s a time and place for that. I was irritated and sleepy. So good luck to all Joel McHale fans reading this book 😛

Have you come across some lame and boring books lately? That made you question your choice? Talk to us in the comments below 👇

This article was written for the “Y” prompt for the #AtoZChallenge. Find the other articles in the series below:

So here we are..finally at the last post for the #AtoZChallenge. There were so many days and moments when it felt like this challenge would never end. The hours spent thinking, researching, writing and blog hopping certainly seemed exhausting and never ending, but it all paid off in the end.

The love we received from people in this community has been incredible..given that we are still taking baby steps. So many people read our posts and gave us important, much needed feedback, appreciated us when we did a good job and pointed us to better options when we fell short. The blogs we came across during this challenge have been exceptional as well..and we have been trying to visit them for as many letters as possible, and will be making sure to catch up more once the day ends 😉

Thanks for everything people!! ❤️

We are now proud to call ourselves the #AToZChallenge 2017 Survivors! Woohooo!!

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12 thoughts on “Zzzzzing through books”

  1. Hmm, books that put me to sleep – anything by John Green. Most masala Indian authors. Mario Vargas’ Bad Girl. Gillian Flynn’s third book, forgot the title, Dark something. Oh, many more.

    And with that we come to the end! Congrats on finishing the challenge 😀 😀

    1. Well, wow, I haven’t read those books to share my opinion on that, except for John Green’s books. I didn’t fall asleep to them though 😛 I loved Looking for Alaska a bit more than The Fault in Our Stars. Both did make me cry.
      And yes, wishing you (very very late) on successful completion of the challenge. Feels like something I should add to my CV 😀

  2. I also hated The Woman in Cabin 10! I finished it, hoping it would get better, and it didn’t. I liked the 100 year old man though. I’m sad to see Landline on your list, as I love all books by Rainbow Rowell. I haven’t read that one, but I’m going to give it a try at some point.

    And by the way, I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger award, and now I nominate you. You don’t have to accept you don’t want to, but it was fun to do. You can read about it on my blog, if you’re interested.
    Doree Weller

    1. Hey Doree, thanks for nominating us! A pleasure it is. I shall definitely look into it.
      I didn’t read any other books by Rainbow Rowell because I was thoroughly disappointed by Landline.

  3. Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl was kind of a bore for me. I kept waiting for something magical to happen or even something extreme to get the story to go somewhere likeable but no, I guess I’m meant to not like Rowell’s books.

    I can list more but I think it really is a matter of preference and maybe timing because if I had read Fangirl before college, I probably would have liked it.

    have a lovely day.

    1. I had similar feelings for Rowell’s Landline as I was talking about in the post. I suppose that’s why I didn’t go for Fangirl.
      It really is a matter of preference!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. I totally get you… Some books would even put an insomniac to sleep. Life’s too short to read books that aren’t interesting. I will keep away from these titles. Congrats on completing the challenge.

    1. Hey Rajlakshmi, congrats to you too on completing the challenge!! Yaayyy!!
      And thanks for stopping by.

    1. I haven’t really heard of Anna Karenina..and still haven’t gotten around to LOTR. I sometimes also feel the pressure, that while people across the world love a classic and I don’t find anything interesting in it. Oh well..everyone has their own choices and interests. Thanks for stopping by Smita and congrats on completing the challenge.
      Also, good luck with your ebook publication!!! Do keep us in the loop about it 🙂

    1. Absolutely..lying in one sad corner of my bookshelf!
      Thanks and congrats to you too on the challenge completion 🙂

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