For the summer reading program I was going to read The Once and Future King for my adult classic selection. It read just like Disney's Sword in the Stone, which I liked okay for an animated film. I gave up after 50 pages. Last summer I read Bradley's Mists of Avalon and The Once and Future King was fluff compared to it. Next time I feel like more King Arthur, I'm going to try The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart.
The second book I gave up on was The Harmony Silk Factory. It may have turned out okay, but I just couldn't get into it and wasn't sure I wanted to read about all the father's sins in his pursuit of riches and 'the good life'. Also, I had just finished The History of Love and I think anything might have fallen flat on it's heels. I decided to pick up a cozy mystery that I didn't expect much from and found that I enjoyed it much more than the first 60 pages of The Silk Factory.