Over the past few months, I've found myself starting and then giving up on several books. I'm not usually one to do this. For some reason, I feel loathe to give up before a book might get good. But, as The Deliberate Reader says, you should "make the most of your reading time." I didn't want to waste another minute on these books.
Next, I tried to listen to Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home, a follow-up book to her Happiness Project book. I think I'm just not the type of person to get into this book. I don't really do lists and I'm not driven to accomplish more than the average person. I'm not discontented with what I'm gleaning from life, even if I do wish I could be happier just staying home. It felt like too much work to listen to her striving for more value in every minute. I gave up and am happily listening to The Gift of an Ordinary Day now.
I will say, for this final author, that I would be willing to try another novel by her. I think she can write a good novel. This just wasn't the one for me. Plus, the snowglobe didn't really seem to have any magical transformative power over the story (which is what I expected). The first novel in this series was merely better than the second. I don't know if I'll try the third in the series, but I might try one of her other books.