Reading School Dropout

It’s been quite a while since I wrote about what I’ve been reading, and here’s why:  Not all my reading choices have hit the mark lately, and I’ve abandoned as many books as I’ve started.  Ain’t nobody got time to read a bad book.  (Okay… “bad” isn’t fair.  Not right for me right now.)


  • Eleanor & Park (audiobook) – I know so many people love this book, but it just drove me crazy.  I thought the Eleanor character was interesting, but I didn’t buy Park being as insecure as he was portrayed in this story.  Call me a curmudgeon, but the pure teenager-y nonsense of this book just bugged me.
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (audiobook) – I love mysteries but this one just wasn’t for me.  I have to blame the audiobook narrator as much as the story… super annoying, grating voice.
  • Pastrix – recommended to me by so many people, but I don’t have a painful church experience in my past, and I’m probably more like the straight-laced “church lady” than the tattooed folks that the author calls “her people.” It sounds like she’s doing an awesome thing, though, don’t get me wrong.  It just didn’t speak to me.

Here are the books that I DID finish in the past month or so.


Parnassus on Wheels (audiobook) – a short, sweet book about a traveling bookseller that almost every booklover will enjoy.


The Mapping of Love and Death (audiobook) – Quite possibly my favorite Maisie Dobbs mystery since the original!  The past few books in the series have been good, but I really liked the mystery part of this one, and the story arc of Maisie’s personal life is finally taking a positive turn.


Little House in the Big Woods – I loved the Little House books as a kid, and now I live 15 minutes away from the farm where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived as an adult and wrote the books.  I thought this would be a great place to start for read-aloud chapter books with my almost-5-year-old, but I was a little worried it might be too girly.  Boy was I wrong!  Wild animals, horses, hunting, and maple-syrup-making are very exciting to little boys.  And I’d forgotten how each chapter is almost its own little stand-alone short story, perfect for reading over several days.

What books have you abandoned lately? 

In other news, I’m now on Goodreads (mostly to help me keep track of what I’m reading) — are you?  Let’s be friends.  =)

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22 thoughts on “Reading School Dropout

  1. Haha I abandon tons of books. I’m in the middle of reading Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins, I believe that’s going to take me a hot minute since it’s 600+ pages and it is like a manual on finances. I’m a boob when it comes to it so I’m trying to get that aspect of my life more organized and in place. Otherwise, I read enough articles on the daily to keep me busy so I count that as reading. 😛 Happy Friday and enjoy your reads Sarah!! -Iva
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  2. PLEASE tell me you’ve visited Laura’s house. I have an unnatural obsession with her and the books. Not the TV show.

    I absolutely agree on not finishing bad books…and I also think that sometimes it’s not the book that’s bad, it’s that I’m not at a time where it’s good for me.

  3. I just friended you on Goodreads. I still have my Little House on the Prairie book that I read as a child; my kids never got into her. I should have tried harder, maybe. If you go visit her home, will you please post about it? I would love to visit vicariously through you!
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  4. Loved Little House series, and her daughter’s continuation of them (Rose Ingalls Wilder, I think her name was?). Currently in the middle of Gone Girl and I’m tempted to skip to the end. I’m not a big suspense person and almost always end up reading the last page and deciding if it’s worth my time to read the whole book.
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  5. I couldn’t get into Eleanor & Park this summer, either. The 2nd time I tried “Sweetness…” I did finish it – but the rest of the series seems to keep slipping further down the list of next reads.

    I started back into the Little House series last year when Jana started her bookclub on it – then I guess I abandoned the series again when the bookclub seemed to just disappear. But I think I need to pick them up again – such a favorite when I was a kid. In 2010, I saw the Little House musical while working in WI (front row seat actually) – Melissa Gilbert was sick so her understudy played Ma that nite – it was a clever show. Parnassus has been on my Kindle for months now – I only seem to read that story on a plane…business trip this week so maybe it will get finished.

    So many books…so little time! 🙂
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  6. I abandoned Eleanor and Park as well! I just couldn’t get into it, and I’m still hesitant to try anything else by the same author. Frankly, I tend to abandon anything I don’t really like since there are far more books to read than time these days…except for book club books, those I will struggle through.
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  7. Haha that’s how I was with A Prayer for Owen Meany which everyone loved. Also The Fault In Our Stars which just bugged the crap out of me when I read it (but I enjoyed the movie though). Totally feel you—there are just some books that aren’t that great.

    Eleanor & Park was pretty good for me, about 4/5, but I was confused too about the characters. I didn’t think they were consistent. Eleanor was supposed to be picked on and looked weird but then it turns out she actually chooses to dress weird. And Park at first seemed like a geek but later you realize he’s not that unpopular as you think.
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  8. I’m re-reading the “Wizard of Oz” series right now on my iPad, plus “The Hobbit” as my “real book,” but I’m wanting to re-read the Little House books again soon. I haven’t been out to Rocky Ridge in forever, but I’m planning to go when it opens for the season again. I’ve always been a huge LIW fan!
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  9. Can’t wait to read the Laura Ingalls books to my boys, in a few years! It’s really nice to hear that you’ve had a positive experience, so far. Sharing my kid-lit book loves with my kiddos is one of the few reasons that I’ve wished to have girls instead of boys. 🙂
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