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I Physically Could Not Finish These Books

September 5, 2017

I have 8 books on my DNF Goodreads shelf. In real-life, I’ve probably abandoned a ton more but I have a tendency to be lazy when it comes to online shelves. In case you haven’t noticed, according to my Goodreads challenge I’ve read a total of 45 books this year but I only have 39 books on my read-in-2017 shelf. Phew, not going to go through those. This isn’t me btw, I got the image from here. Oh! This is a Top Ten Tuesday post btw.

Anyways, apart from having to read at least 50 pages, I don’t really have any policies when it comes to not finishing books. If you’re not enjoying it, then I say ‘ditch it’. Find something elsewhere your time will be better spent. Reading is supposed to be fun, not a chore. Here are some books that made me feel like I was building the great wall of china.


The Wrath and the Dawn

I traded this book with Enqi, who loved it so much that she was going to get the hardcover. I didn’t share her enthusiasm. The cover was beautiful, I loved the way that the pages felt in my hands and adored the unfurling that the book did, without bending its spine. I just didn’t love the story. The love felt a little trite and the male love interest seemed a little dumb. You would have to be, in order to give up the tradition of murdering your wives in

The love felt a little trite and the male love interest seemed a little dumb. I mean, you would have to be, in order to give up the tradition of murdering your wives in favour of listening to a story. The way that she left purposeful cliff hangers every single night wasn’t remotely subtle either. I get that he might have hated what he was doing or whatever, but it just seemed so stupid to me.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison

I don’t really have anything to say about this except that nothing really happened. I bought it because of the stunning cover, but as they say, looks can be deceiving.

Glass Sword

If you’re wondering why I gave this 2.5 stars, around 1 star is for the plot. It had the potential to be an amazing book, I read a recap of it, but the characters just . . . no.

I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t go any further with this. The amount of arrogance that the main character, Mare, exudes is too much. A lot of this stems from the amount that the author is showing, and not telling. The writing appears to take the reader for an idiot, using sections like this:

Character’s face is quickly back to their old grin. Ah, a mask then. I know all about masks from when I was pretending to be a silver (this is the third time in this chapter that it’s been mentioned, it’s not a one off recap). I was very good at it. It still troubles me sometimes that I pretended to be a silver. I guess this person has masks as well. How fortunate that I’m able to meet someone almost as clever as me. We’re very special and good at it.

Obviously, that’s a little of an exaggeration, but you get the point.

If this happened once, I would have been fine with it. I wouldn’t have been as annoyed as I am now because it’s understandable – people go through times like that all the time. But 11 almost exact situations in four chapters?!?! No thanks, count me out.

When you read those passages, there’s also a great deal of arrogance shoved into the words. If it was done correctly, it could have been something that was seen as empowering but NOO she just thinks she’s better than everyone else. We can read the lines on this one, something that we should be doing for the other circumstance – instead of getting told everything that happens. UGHHHHHH


The Truth About You and Me

To be completely honest, I didn’t like the way this issue was handled. I can’t quite remember what I didn’t like, but I remember finding the main character a little bit naive. To be fair to her, she was the only young teen in her college but she. was. in. college. Surely she should be somewhat mature? I don’t just mean sexually.

The Gracekeepers

There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but once I put it down, going back to it didn’t make me feel anything. At all. The cover was beautiful, and I know that some people really enjoyed the writing but nothing stood out to me. I loved that the story was based on the sea, that the main character was friends with a bear and that the aesthetic was dusty old tents but I just didn’t enjoy it? I really wish that I had.

A Dance of Dragons

I have been waiting to finish this book for ages. I started the series when I started watching the tv show, and finished the first four books before I finished the first season of the show. Then I just stopped reading them. For some reason, I just couldn’t get through the fifth book. It was incredibly boring.

The seventh season of the tv show is out and, honestly, I kind of like the show a little better than the books? Some of the scenes in the books, such as the introduction of a fake/real cousin of Daenerys coming to claim the throne, are utterly redundant and I’m glad that the shows didn’t include things like that. So I’ve decided to stop reading the fifth book. I figure that I don’t really need to anymore. Maybe I’ll read it one day, but for now, I’m going to leave it in the bookshops.

nowyouI realise that this is ‘top ten Tuesday’ and I’ve only listed 6 books, but I’ve always been terrible at math. And ideas. Which books have you struggled to get through? Have you dropped any of the books that I have as well? Please don’t forget to follow by email / wordpress / twitter / insta if you enjoyed my content ♡

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  • Reply Mika September 5, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Hahaha. This one is hilarious! I have a lot of books in my DNF pile too and im afraid it would be taller than my TBR pile soon. 😂

    “Reading should never be a chore!” Love this and I agree! Wish I have learned this sooner! I hate DNFing a book but like what you said, it’s vital especially when its not as enjoyable anymore. 😇

  • Reply themanylivesofaria September 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Ouch! I’m actually reading Glass Sword, right now. My friend lent it to me, since she knows I haven’t read the sequel yet. I read the first one and remembered loving it. I heard mixed feelings about the second one. I’m only on the first 100 pages of it, so I’m not sure what I’m feeling yet, only that I’m pissed that nothing much was happening. Oh well.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley September 5, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Oh yes, I remember that being a problem as well! I absolutely adored the first book, but now that I’ve read the second book and hated it, I’m left questioning whether or not I truly liked it. Perhaps it was my youth that prevented me from seeing the book for what it truly was. Ironically, I was kind of thinking about buying the new special edition? Maybe I’ll reread it haha

  • Reply Angela Lawrence September 5, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I finished Glass Sword, but I kinda wish I hadn’t. It was just too much – Mare became the worst character ever. Such a pity party. A Dance With Dragons was ok. Wasn’t the best book of the series – I felt like Martin got too into the mythology of the series and it was a lot of info dump.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley September 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Way too much! I understand that not everything is going brilliantly, but it gets a little bit drag hearing about the main character consistently feeling sorry for themselves. It’s a shame because I follow the author on twitter and I actually quite like how she comes across! I definitely agree that A Dance with Dragons was just too much information to handle. Often, nothing exciting was happening but the words just kept on going.

  • Reply Astilbe September 6, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I haven’t heard of any these books, but your descriptions of them were quite interesting. I totally understand why you didn’t enjoy them.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley September 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      I’m glad that you like I how described them! Thanks for popping by x

  • Reply Krysta September 6, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I’ve never picked up any of these books, so you made it farther than I did! I did read Red Queen, but it felt like things were just happening to make the book “twisty,” not because they made a lot of sense.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley September 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      I completely get that! Red Queen seems amazing on the surface, but when you actually sit down to think it can seem a little redundant at times. I think that I enjoyed it when I was a lot younger, but I’m not sure how I would react to it now.

  • Reply elfduchess September 6, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I DNF’d The Wrath and the Dawn too. The funniest thing is: I can’t remember why. Hmm, must have been a real memorable story… I usually try to make fifty pages as well, before DNFing a book – but I’ve read a few that I wasn’t even able to make that. Occasionally I do just shift a book to the back burner, where I didn’t run into real problems with the book, but it’s very much a ‘not right now’ case and I would probably enjoy it more at a different time.

    • Reply fleurhenley September 18, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      It was so forgettable! Generally, I try to get through 50 pages too but I’m not quite sure where I got that habit from. I think it was recommended in a blog post that I read? Shifting books to the back burner is a brilliant tactic – so many brilliant books come at us at the wrong time!

  • Reply kozbisa September 6, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Glass Sword is actually the only book I could come up with for this week, because I normally DNF books that are tedious and/or boring, but because I loved Red Queen so much, and people were raving about the book, I pushed through. The result? I have abandoned the series.

    • Reply fleurhenley September 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      It’s so weird how a book that has been so well loved by so many people can have such a terrible sequel. I really wanted to like it! However, now that I dislike the second book, I’ve started to examine my reasons for liking the first book… I’m glad that you know when to stop reading one book, and start reading things that interest you!

  • Reply iloveheartlandx September 6, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I’m reading Glass Sword at the moment and really struggling with it! I liked the first book well enough but this one is too much. I won’t be able to get rid of it though cause it’s signed and personalised by the author….whoops.
    My TTT:

    • Reply fleurhenley September 18, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Oh well, at least you’ll have a bittersweet memory? Sorry, that probably wasn’t very helpful haha 😁 It appears as though the majority really didn’t like the second book, I wonder what Aveyard changed between the two books…or maybe it was us that changed?

  • Reply Essie September 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I totally agree with you on Glass Sword. By some miracle I managed to finish it but the whole thing annoyed me more than anything else so I don’t plan to continue the series. I also agree with you about Game of Thrones! I’ve only read the first book but I’ve watched the entire Tv show and to me, it’s so much more enjoyable. I do plan to read all the books but I keep putting them off because reading them takes a lot of effort. Great Post 😊

    • Reply fleurhenley September 18, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      ARGH the glass sword disappointed me so much. I really wanted to like it, because I’m kind of in love with the character of Maven but alas, no such luck. Reading the GOT books takes so much effort! They’re like 4 books packed into one paper binding. Thanks for commenting!

  • Reply Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader September 18, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Ooh, someone who didn’t enjoy The Wrath and The Dawn! I read the duology, and was thoroughly unimpressed. They were just meh, and really nothing special! I loved Red Queen but have lost interest in the rest of the series, and I’ll probably skip out on the GOT books to watch the show, tbh! 😄

    • Reply fleurhenley September 18, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Are we secretly identical twins? Actually scratch that, the analogy doesn’t work, but yay! I’m so glad that I’ve found someone who shares the same sentiments that I do. The GOT books are good if you have the time / leisure to read them, but I wouldn’t say that they’re essential. They’re more like extras in my opinion!

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