Tuesday, September 5, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Books I've Recently DNFed

Top 10 Tuesday- Ten Books I've Recently DNFed

Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Before I started this blog, I absolutely refused to DNF books. However, after making a list of "books I should have DNFed," and seeing how quickly it was filling up... I finally came to terms with the fact that I had a problem. :)

From this situation, I ended up creating a DNF policy that helps guide me and prevent my stubbornness from resurfacing. Of course I still slip up here and there. But even so, I feel like I have been doing a decent job of bailing on books that I'm just not enjoying.

Here are ten books that I've recently DNFed.

Ten Books I've Recently DNFed

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt


10. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
This was my most anticipated book for August of 2017. Unfortunately, right away I knew this was going to be a miss. The writing style for both the layout of the book and narrative itself just wasn't for me. I have issues with varying perspectives to begin with, but sometimes authors can write them in a way that I enjoy. But here, each one seemed just like the other; there wasn't a tone or anything that really set them apart. If I set the book down in the middle of a chapter, I had to go back and see who the speaker was. I didn't even make it to page 100 before calling this one. I was just far too bored and the storyline was all over the place. I won't be picking this one up again.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero


9. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero 
I may pick this one up again at a later date... we'll see. I just couldn't get into it. I wasn't a fan of the writing style at all, I didn't really care for any of the characters and found one to be incredibly irritating and creepy, and I thought the story was dragging horribly. I still think the synopsis seems great, so perhaps this was just a bad time to give it a read.

The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo

8. The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo
Just not for me. Too "bubbly" and I just couldn't force myself to be interested.

We Have Lost The Coffee by Paul Mathews


7. We Have Lost The Coffee by Paul Mathews
I started reading this book for a book blogger tour. Right from the start, I just couldn't get into it. The premise of the book was interesting. Some of the humor made me laugh. But I was just so bored. I got to the halfway point and bailed.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
6. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
I really tried with this one. I got well over halfway through and realized that I had absolutely no interest in pushing through to the end. I really liked idea of the plot. I like the characters alright. But I just could not deal with the writing style. I didn't like the choppiness of the writing at all. It was incredibly distracting to me. There were so many short sentences and paragraphs... For example "An attempt to push barriers. Or a desire to learn. Usually it was that. A wish to know more." Far too often I found myself editing and trying to merge the sentences for better flow. There were also so many similes... many of which just did not work for me. This was such a bummer to me because the author is clearly capable of writing wonderful description, as seen when she describes the tea house in Hanami.

The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman & Leslie S. Klinger

5. The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman & Leslie S. Klinger
I got 6 volumes in and had to call it. In my opinion, the story wasn't flowing well and I was totally confused. So of course it wasn't hooking me in at all and I was bored right from the start. I didn't care for the artwork, and often it was just too much for me. Each time I sat down to read a decent chunk of this book, I got a wicked headache. I thought the annotations were an interesting touch! But again, I just found them to be so boring. There were a few notes that I was excited to read, but generally it all seemed so pointless to me. Perhaps I will try to normal version someday. But not for a long while.

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belles

4. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belles 
This was just not for me. I made it 100 pages in and then had to call it. The writing style bored me. I didn't like the use of the dual-narration. The storyline wasn't very interesting to me. And my god...So much repetition!! How many explanations of the cube and how organic memories work were really necessary?! 


A Separation by Katie Kitamura

3. A Separation by Katie Kitamura
I did not care for the main character right from the start. The writing was beautiful, but boring to me. A lot of it really dragged on. I didn't like the lack of quotations around dialogue and found myself backing up to re-read the phrase as dialogue many times. I also didn't really care for the use of all of the em dashes that were used to throw in other bits of information right in the middle of a sentence. And of course, I didn't like the aspect of her husband cheating. Over all, I just did not care about the characters or the storyline... I read long enough to find out what happened to the husband. Then, again, realizing that I truly did not care, I had to call it.


 Liefdom: A Tale from Perilisc by Jesse Teller

2. Liefdom: A Tale from Perilisc by Jesse Teller 
In fantasy reads, I really need a lot of world building and a lot of character development right at the start in order for me to get invested in the story. Unfortunately, I felt that this book had neither. I read about a quarter of this book, hoping that things would become more clear to me... But I must have missed something. I had to call it because I was just so lost and uninterested.


The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
I did enjoy this book when I first started reading it. However, it was a bit of a difficult read because it is about some pretty dark things like depression, suicide, and “madness.” There were also numerous phrases that I had issue with, but I tried not to focus on them too much.

My main complaint is that I had a really hard time following the storyline of this book. The author would start a new chapter, or even a break within a chapter, right in the middle of a new situation. Then she would backtrack to fill us in on what was happening. I found these transitions very jarring. The first few times this happened, I had to flip back a page or two to make sure I didn’t miss anything. When I realized that was just the authors format, I tried to roll with it, but I ended up more frustrated with it than anything else. I also had a lot of trouble actually caring. The storyline didn’t really interest me and neither did any of the characters. Everything just seemed so dull. And yes, I am aware of the authors personal history. I too have a personal history with depression and suicidal thoughts, but her words had absolutely no effect on me. I made it to chapter 14 and had to stop. 


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40 comments:

  1. I adored The Bell Jar, but I also read it when I was quite ill so now I'm wondering if that's why I liked all the jumping around - because my brain wasn't working properly!

    I'm definitely going to steal your DNF Policy: I have yet to DNF a book, but there are so many that I think I probably should have...

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    1. Oh no! haha I know a lot of people that really enjoyed it, but it just wasn't for me.

      And yes, absolutely!! :)

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  2. Ugh freaking Liefdom. That was a terrible book. :(

    Great list E! <3

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    1. Thinking about it still makes me cringe!

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  3. You know, I don't DNF books that much. It's pretty much a problem I have and I really wish I could do it more easily. That being said, one book I did DNF this past year was Flame in the Mist. I think I got 100 or so pages in and I didn't care about the MC and it felt like such a chore to pick it up. I still hope to give Meddling Kids a go though.

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    1. Ugh yeah, Flame was so rough. I hope you have better luck with Meddling Kids!! :)

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  4. Bummed to hear about See What I Have Done. I just checked it out of the library and have been looking forward to it (I tried to get a copy at Book Expo this spring, but both times I stopped by the publisher's booth they were out of ARCs). I recently DNF'd The Essex Serpent. Still stumped over how many people are aglow over that one. I just couldn't get into it.

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    1. I hope you have better luck with See What I Have Done than I did!! :) The Lizzie Borden story is so dark and intriguing!

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  5. Aww sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy Flame in the Mist. It was actually one of my favorites for the year. haha! I'm really bummed to hear about Meddling Kids. It sounded good and has such a fun cover. I couldn't get into The Bell Jar either. I thought about trying to pick it up again for another try, but I can't make myself do it. lol. Great list!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you had better luck than I did with Flame in the Mist! :)

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  6. I loved The Bell Jar, but I have to agree with you that the storyline was dark and very hard to follow at times. I don't blame you for giving up on it.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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  7. I haven't read The Bell Jar, but people seem to love this book. It sounds too dark of a read for me.

    Here's a link to my TTT post this week:
    https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/09/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-that-were.html

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    1. It definitely is. Major trigger warnings for depression and suicide. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I couldn't make it though Empress of a Thousand Storms either and I tried it on audiobook.

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    1. Ah man :( Such a bummer! The synopsis sounded so good!

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  9. Hi! We Have Lost the Coffee sold me on just the title lol! I may have to try it. I loved The Bell Jar, but I get what you mean about the depression and tracking the plot. :)
    My TTT
    Leslie

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    1. Definitely! We Have Lost the Coffee has a very interesting humorous tone. I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  10. I have only read one of the the books that made your list. I enjoyed The Flame in the Mist but have come across a few bloggers that really didn't like it either. Not all books work for everyone.

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    1. It's always so interesting to see who enjoyed/didn't enjoy each book! I love how different all of our reading tastes are! :)

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  11. I couldn't get through Flame In The Mist either!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/top-ten-tuesday-123/

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    1. Ugh it was just so rough... Thanks for stopping by and leaving your link!

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  12. I don't DNF many books but sometimes it happens. Sorry that See What I Have Done was a disappointment- it's even worse when it's a hotly anticipated one. And Meddling Kids LOOKS interesting, but if the characters aren't likable that can be tough to get past.

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    1. Ugh yeah, I'm still so bummed about both! I may give Meddling Kids another go at some point though. I think I bought into the hype and that affected my expectations :)

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  13. I read See What I Have Done this summer as well. I liked Sarah Schmidt's prose, but didn't love the novel as a whole. I don't think you missed out on too much there, although it's the worst when you don't enjoy a book you thought you would love.

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    1. Such a bummer! But I agree, I liked Sarah's writing. So I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases :)

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  14. Great list! I also started out against DNFing, but quickly changed my mind as review requests keep rolling in haha!

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    1. Ha! I hear ya! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Empress of a Thousand Skies AND a Flame in the Mist are on my TBR, but from your thoughts, I don't think I'll even like it. 😭 I hate short sentences and repetition in books - thanks, character, I know that already. Can we cut to the chase?

    Thanks for stopping by Novelistic Narration!

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    1. Oh shoot!! I'd still recommend giving them a try anyway! :) Maybe you will be able to look past the things that irked me! *fingers crossed*

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  16. I haven't read any of these, but it sounds like it's probably a good thing! Empress of a Thousand Skies definitely sounds like something I'd want to pick up, so thanks for warning me away haha.
    Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

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    1. :) I hope you have better luck with Empress! I know a lot of readers that loved it!

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  17. I have gone the other way. I used to not finish books but now I finish it because I have a blog and feel obligated to let people know how bad it is! LOL. Also, it's fun to vent and write about a book you don't like. :)

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    1. Oh! Haha that's interesting!! And yes, I love venting about a book I absolutely couldn't stand. Though I do try to make sure I still recommend ones I just didn't really care for personally to readers that may. :) Thanks for stopping by, Dinh!

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  18. We are of like minds with Flame in the Mist. I would have loved to DNF it, too, but I stuck it to the end. It's a bad habit of mine.

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    1. Oh no! haha I get sucked into that habit from time to time too.

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  19. Flame in the Mist seems to have needed more of an editor's hand... I read many reader reviews that complain of the same problems. It makes me sad because I love Asian settings. You seem to have been bored or didn't care for most of these books... the two biggest crimes in my mind ♥️ FYI you link did not work? Maybe it was something on my end but the page was blank when I clicked it! I just searched up your blog name though... I wish there was some way I could get here through your Wordpress profile! Darn WP!

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    1. Definitely. I mean... I get that the format is a specific writing style, but I just cannot stand it!

      And oh no! I may have messed it up. I updated my Wordpress bio to include a link over here, but I know that's a bit hard to find :(

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  20. I wasn't happy with Flame in the Mist, but I ended up finishing it because I bought it and I always feel like it's a waste of money if I don't finish the books I spend money on. I'm sorry to hear Meddling Kids wasn't an immediately hit. I really like the sound of that one.

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    1. Ugh I feel the same way. I'm much more likely to DNF a library book :) If you pick up Meddling Kids, I hope you have better luck! I may give it another go sometime next year.

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