I’ve hit a reading wall. It was bound to happen. Too much time spent isolated with a book, hibernating away from the cold, wreaks havoc on my mental health. That, and I’ve completely lost patience for two books that I have absolutely no desire to finish: White Heat by M.J. McGrath and The Little Friend by Donna Tartt. What do you do when you’ve lost interest in a book? Do you put it back on your shelf to finish later? What if you never feel compelled to finish it? How long do you leave it on your shelf before letting it go? Should you just give it away? Here lies my dilemma.
I started The Little Friend last summer, loved it immediately, consumed 250 pages in record time, and then lost patience with the excessive amount of (seemingly unnecessary) description. Donna Tartt is a really intriguing writer, clearly talented and nuanced. But. But, the book has lost all its luster, its push. Each page is like pulling teeth. Too much narrative and not enough dialogue. There’s nothing left to grab me. This novel is nearly 600 pages, so it qualifies as a chunkster. Maybe this one needs more time.
White Heat, on the other hand, is a more recent DNF. Began in February, I mildly enjoyed the first 100 pages, but I just couldn’t invest in the characters. Although murder mysteries are a favourite genre, the dialogue didn’t seem to flow well enough to maintain my curiosity. There were fleeting moments of interest, some nuggets of wisdom about the arctic, and some lovely description of icebergs and white landscapes, but not enough to maintain the plot.
Any advice? Have you read either of these books? Did they pick up?