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.
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.
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.
I 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 ♡