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I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan - Did Not Finish

Sunday, February 18, 2018

It is so rare that I don't finish a book. I like a lot of different genres and can usually find something in a book to keep reading, so even if I don't like something particularly, I nearly always end up finishing it. Plus, I'm quite discerning about books I pick up off the shelf and often know that I already want to read it, if that makes sense. I try to unhaul books quite often and donate them to charity or libraries if I know they're something that I'm no longer into. I don't have loads of time to spend reading so I like to read books that I can see something in.

I think though that 2018 might be the year to give up on books if they're not grabbing me by, say, 30 pages in. Life is too short and I've got dozens of books that might be amazing and that are waiting to be read.

I started I Am Thunder with high expectations because I'd heard great things. It's about a Muslim teenager whose boyfriend wants to join Islamic State, I think. I didn't get that far, because I just couldn't get into the style. Muzna, the main character, didn't appeal to me at all. I tried, reading about forty pages, before I gave up. I'm sorry, because I think this would've been an excellent story to read, but I just couldn't get on with the style.

Have you read this? Did I give up too quickly? Do you give up on books?

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