I have a serious problem.
If in the reading of a book, I start to not like it, I will not just plow through it.
I DNF (did not finish).
It has become pretty bad lately. I just can’t force myself to read something. That is not what the author wants, to have the book be read and hated. That is not what the publisher wants, for reviews to spread bad feelings. And, most importantly, it is not what I want, to despise doing something I love because the subject/delivery/language is just not my style.
When I was a baby book blogger, I felt that I just HAD to finish everything. I became a skimmer so I could get a review done. Now that I am old and crotchety, (those are my own feeling about my blogging age), I just won’t finish the book. Life is too short! There are too many really great books I need to get read.
I will STALL like crazy writing the reasons to admit it is a DNF. It drives me crazy. I am literally “reading” 7 books right now. One after the other I don’t like what I am reading, so I put it off thinking maybe I will be in a better mood later to read. This very rarely works. Most of the time I am just putting off the inevitable DNF review.
What really kills me is to write a bad or DNF review about a book with a small amount of ratings on Goodreads. Then I feel like I am really doing a disservice to the book/publisher/author.
I just don’t like something about the book, so I stop reading it. That’s okay.
IT HAS TO BE! I am not being paid for this blog. In fact, it costs me money to blog. I don’t think a DNF every now and then is going to hurt half as much as a full 1 or 2 star review will, in the long run. Right?
I started reviewing to share my HONEST opinion, right? We have all been duped by a synopsis and 4.something star book on Goodreads that just sucked. I think, someone should be honest here and call it what it is. I want to be brave and tell everyone what I REALLY thought about it. But then the fear creeps in and I am unsure I should.
So on one hand I want to share my honest opinion, on the other I am very hesitant to write the why on my DNF.
Get ready lovelies! I am finally writing the why on some recent DNFs today.
Recently, I DNF’d these titles:
September 22nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Depression & Mental Illness, Violence, School & Education, Death & Dying, Family, Parents, Transportation, Aviation
eARC provided by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening.
So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away...but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.
The genius of acclaimed author A.S. King reaches new heights in this groundbreaking work of surrealist fiction; it will mesmerize readers with its deeply affecting exploration of how we crawl through traumatic experience-and find the way out.
DNF at 20%
The language in this book was weird. The writing style for this book is definitely an acquired taste. The main character’s thoughts are scattered and I felt no love for this.
The Night Clock by Paul Meloy
Published by Solaris on November 10th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Literary, Ghost
eARC provided by Solaris
An incredible debut novel that will move and terrify you, as reality itself is threatened by a world just beyond our own.
And still the Night Clock ticks...
Phil Trevena's patients are dying and he needs answers. One of the disturbed men in his care tells him that he needs to find Daniel, that Daniel will be able to explain what is happening. But who is Daniel? Daniel was lost once, broken by the same force that has turned its hatred on Trevena. His destiny is greater than he could ever imagine.
Drawn together, Trevena and Daniel embark on an extraordinary journey of discovery, encountering The Firmament Surgeons in the Dark Time—the flux above our reality. Whoever controls Dark Time controls the minds of humanity. The Firmament Surgeons, aware of the approach of limitless hostility and darkness, are gathered to bring an end to the war with the Autoscopes, before they tear our reality apart.
Paul Meloy’s extraordinarily rich debut novel introduces us to a world just beyond our own, shattering our preconceptions about creativity and mental illness, presenting us with a novel like no other.
DNF at 52%
I was so hoping this book would come into focus. It took too damned long though. The story starts with one character, then that character meets someone, and like a rabbit trail thought we go follow that character and learn their history. Then we meet another character and learn their history, and on and on. I didn’t like the switches. Just as I was getting used to someone, the story became so scattered. Also, the characters are terribly flawed. They are reminiscent of someone Stephen King would come up with, but there was a big fantasy element that felt out of place.
This just didn’t work for me.
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Published by Scholastic Incorporated on April 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic, Social Issues, Dating & Sex
eARC provided by Scholastic
Not since THE BOOK THIEF has the character of Death played such an original and affecting part in a book for young people. Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don't know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history? In the rainy Seattle of the 1920's, romance blooms among the jazz clubs, the mansions of the wealthy, and the shanty towns of the poor. But what is more powerful: love? Or death?
DNF at 37%
This book imagined Love and Death as actual beings that wager for souls. The thing about this book that killed it for me is that Love and Death seemed like such sophisticated characters. That should have been a good thing, but it made the actual story of the two characters meeting and falling in love seem so pale in comparison. I loved that this book had diversity, and a strong woman, but the thoughts and actions of her and her love interest were so immature. This was a historical diverse book, but it couldn’t captivate my interest enough to care if the lovers lived or died.