Thursday, June 16, 2016
Summer of DNF
Because I'm not a compulsive book finisher, I thought I had no problem with the DNF. However, I also realized that I regularly find myself slogging through books that I'm just not that crazy about.
So I have declared this The Summer of DNF. Between June 15 and August 31, I am not going to read any book that I don't like.
That may mean that I have to work harder to find books that I DO like, but so be it.
I don't regularly post reviews about my DNFs - but I do mark them on Goodreads. Here's a list of recent books that I put on my "setting aside" shelf. This summer I will be posting here about the books I DNF. Since one person's DNF can be another's 5-star read, I am including why I didn't love the book and why YOU might!
If you want to make a case for me picking a book back up, I'm happy to hear it!
Maybe the cover change should have been a sign - I read the first few chapters and just wasn't hooked.
Why it might be for you: It seems to be a YA Thelma and Louise. Which is all kinds of awesome.
I love thrillers, but this one had a lot of narrators, some of whom spoke in prose that swirled around the page and ... I just don't think I'm up for that.
Why it might be for you: My Goodreads friends who like creative typography have enjoyed this.
I think I'm just weary of YA mean girls stories. I read about 50 pages of this book about a cutthroat competition for homecoming queen and realized ... I didn't care who won.
Why it might be for you: As mean girls stories go, it's fast-paced and well-written.
I'm a big fan of Sittenfeld's and I have to say this was the wittiest Pride and Prejudice retelling I've read. In the 100 or so pages I read, I delighted in the way this classic was updated. But then I realized that I also knew exactly how everything was going to play out...
Why it might be for you: Seriously, the retelling choices were so apt and amusing. I think Jane would approve!
Should I give any of these a second chance? What book have you set aside recently?