I don’t intended on making “DNF Digest” a regular thing because honestly? I always hope to finish a book! Lately, though, I’ve been more inclined to mark a book as DNF because there are just soooo many books I need to read (you’ve seen my shelves) so I just can’t afford to be pushing through books that I’m really not enjoying. If I’ve read a lot of the book I finish, it’s sort of a policy of mine to try to write a small “review” saying why it didn’t work for me, but today’s collection of DNF round-ups didn’t quite warrant reviews because I didn’t make it as far as I’d hoped.
Here’s my latest collection of books I decided to mark as DNF and the reasons why
Title: You Look Different In Real Life
Author: Jennifer Castle
Format I was reading: Audiobook
Started reading: 1/8/14
Date marked as DNF: 1/9/14
Marked DNF at: 25%
Reason for marking DNF: To be honest, I really shouldn’t have requested this book in the first place but I got carried away with the auto-approval on Edelweiss and thought I should give it a shot. I’m not really a fan of books surrounding people on reality-type shows, camera crews…. Eh. I made it a quarter of the way through and honestly couldn’t find myself caring about any of the characters or the situations and even at 2x speed, the audio was slow and boring. I didn’t really care how the book ended so I figured that was about time for me to end it.
Title: False Sight (False Memory #2)
Author: Dan Krokos
Format I was reading: ARC from BEA
Started reading: 7/31/13
Date marked as DNF: 2/5/14
Marked DNF at: 153 pages/45%
Reason for marking DNF: I really kept hoping to come back to this one but the book took a weird turn and I just didn’t want to keep going. I really wasn’t enjoying it as much as the first book and I put it down to start something else and could never make myself come back to it. I still sort of want to finish it someday because it’s not a long book but the motivation to pick it back up just isn’t coming to me.
Title: The Promise of Amazing
Author: Robin Constantine
Format I was reading: ARC from HarperTeen
Started reading: 12/1/13
Date marked as DNF: 2/5/14
Marked DNF at: 142 pages/36%
Reason for marking DNF: I wanted to love this book and I feel SO bad because I got to interview Robin Constantine for The Selective Collective featured and she was so incredibly sweet! I just didn’t connect with either character, the relationship had a nice meet-cute but still felt sort of weird, and I just didn’t like the direction it was going. I’m not a “bad-boy” type of person. I like the bad boys who really have hearts of gold and are only perceived to be bad, but actual bad things or guys who are players…. Nah. I didn’t like Grayson’s image and I couldn’t let that go. I also didn’t like the whole pregnancy story line with Wren’s sister because it just seemed to take away from Wren’s own story.
Title: And We Stay
Author: Jenny Hubbard
Format I was reading: egalley from Random House
Started reading: 1/15/14
Date marked as DNF: 1/29/14
Marked DNF at: 18%
Reason for marking DNF: This book was just soooo not for me. I thought the Emily Dickinson story line would be interesting and we’d get to see some cool history wrapped up in the present day but it seemed like an obsession was forming and it was just a little weird. The narration in this book is not for everyone either. It’s third person present tense which felt incredibly distant and let’s be honest, Emily is going through a LOT here and I wanted to share that grief and anger and regret with her. I felt like I couldn’t connect with her because of how the book was written. Oh yeah, and all that STUFF? It was thing on top of thing and I think a lot of stuff is thrown at the reader and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Like, HOLY COW, that’s… that’s a lot. I talked it over with a trusted reviewer and good friend and she said she made it farther and was even more weirded out so that pretty much sealed the deal for me. When I decided to stop reading, I honestly felt like a weight was lifted.
Title: Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Format I was reading: egalley from HarperTeen
Started reading: 1/14/14
Date marked as DNF: 1/14/14
Marked DNF at: 10%
Reason for marking DNF: I didn’t really like book one but I wanted to give this series a second shot. I liked the idea of the series but I didn’t like the main characters or the writing style. It only took a few pages before I realized it wasn’t changing and I really shouldn’t have expected it to. That and I couldn’t remember a single thing that happened in book one except for the very end and forgot why it even happened like that. I really shouldn’t have even started the book to begin with and quickly decided to stop reading because that would have been a painful read for me and it’s just not the book I should be reading and then assigning a low rating to.