Read it or Ditch it: American Gods


read it or ditch it

“Read it or Ditch it” is a new weekly feature I’ll be doing each Monday on the blog. The goal is to force myself into making a decision regarding some titles on my TBR pile. Each week I’ll select a book that has sat unread on my shelves for longer than a year and ask the question “Read it or Ditch it?”. If I still want to read it, then by posting it here I’m claiming that I’ll read it by the end of the year. If I’m no longer interested in the book, then this is a send off to the title since I’ll either be donating or selling it.

At the end of the year, I’ll do a round-up post to see how I did. If there are any titles that I said I’d read, but still didn’t, then I’ll either donate or sell those. Hopefully, doing this will help me reach my goal of only 100 books sitting unread on my TBR pile by the end of 2016.


American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 2001
Genre: Fantasy
Length of Time on TBR Pile: About 7 years.
Read it or Ditch it?: Ditch it

I know, I know. Many people love Gaiman, but I’ve read a few of his books and his writing is just not for me. Despite this, I always seem to pick-up a book by him every now and then. American Gods has been sitting on my shelf for years. After not liking The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I think I’m finally ready to admit defeat with this author. So, I’m going to let this one go.

Back Cover Description:

Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…

15 thoughts on “Read it or Ditch it: American Gods

    • Good! I’m glad to hear you’re rather lukewarm about Gaiman as well. I’m glad that you enjoyed American Gods when you read it. I think I’m giving up on his adult fiction. I might give something his middle grade books a shot though to see if they work a little better for me.


  1. Gaiman has just never appealed to me like he does some people. And a lot of his stuff just sounds weird- maybe that’s the point but I just don’t feel it. I would ditch too, this one (the synopsis) does nothing for me.

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  2. I enjoyed the book. But, if you dont like his writing style, it’s a pretty large book. If I were you I would read the first few chapters, and if you don’t get into it, then just abandon. Sometimes we just don’t have chemistry with certain writers

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  3. Great idea, both as a feature and as a life management tool! My Goodreads to-read list is huge; I should probably do something similar to weed through it more effectively.

    American Gods is actually one of my favorite of Gaiman’s works, but I have found some books by him hard to get into.

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    • Thanks! The feature would really help if I didn’t seem to keep adding 2 books to my TBR pile for every 1 I get rid of. 😛

      Honestly, I always say that I’m done giving Gaiman a try but then a few years later I end up picking-up another book by him to try. So even though I’m getting rid of this one, I’ll probably end up borrowing it from the library a few years down the line.


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