Fifth Business

This morning I gave up on a book. I cannot remember the last time I did that, or if I have ever actually set a book down with the intention of not finishing it.

I have been slow to pick up Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. This book is the first in The Deptford Series trilogy, which was on my list of books-to-read-in-your-20s. The book is set in Canada in the early 1900s. It begins with the story of two young boys throwing snowballs as they race home. One hits an unintended target, and this act changes several character’s lives forever. I like the main character, but the book has been incredibly boring to me. I am 125 pages in, and I just do not look forward to reading it, so I keep finding other things to do instead.

While this book did not interest me, that does not mean it could not be interesting to you. If you enjoy stories of how World War I impacted people who were both directly (or not-directly) involved in it this book could be added to your TBR. I could not get into it, and used it as a reason not to read for the past two weeks. I’ll be moving onto something else.

What books have you started, but not been able to finish?


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