IT’S ALREADY TUESDAY AGAIN GUYS. HOW. I need it to be the same day for several years so I can catch up on literally everything.
Today I’m linking up once again with Top Ten Tuesday! The prompt was 10 books we DNF’d or had a hard time finishing but I didn’t have that many (thankfully) so here is a list of some I didn’t finish, and some that just fell very short for me. Okay okay hate is a strong word. Some of these were okay. BUT STILL.
1. Red Queen (DNF)
This one. THIS ONE. So many headaches. WHAT WAS EVEN GOING ON IN THIS PLEASE. If you loved it PLEASE DON’T HATE ME.
Everything felt so detached in this one for me, and I didn’t care for the characters, whose names I don’t remember. I quit reading after the (totally random and suddenly existent?!?!?) love SQUARE became apparent. This was about 100 pages before the end.
AND I KNOW THERE IS A HUGE PLOT TWIST. I just. Don’t. Care.
2. Flame in the Mist (DNF)
I’ll be the first to admit that I DNF’d this one preeeetty quickly.
First of all, I was really excited to read a Mulan retelling!! And then I started reading and I don’t know what it was, but the writing made me actually feel aggressive. Like. WTF WRITING.
It felt like the writing was trying so hard to be dramatic, like someone who is a very off-key singer but is convinced that they are going to be the next Freddie Mercury (not possible, okay. Get over yourself.*)
IN ANY CASE I DNF’d about 80 pages in, and those 80 pages TOOK ME FOREVER TO READ (‘m talking like a week and every time I went to pick up the book I just dreaded it. And that’s not what the reading experience is all about, yo.
*YES I realize this person is fictional and I made them up. BUT STILL
3. Gilded Cage
I recieved this book as an ARC on Netgalley, and I was so excited to read it. A dystopian world with magic and people fighting ‘voluntary’ slavery??
HOW BADASS DOES THAT SOUND BARTHOLOMEW.
But alas, it was not so. You can see my full review here, because I remember exactly nothing. It was just good enough to keep me going, but fell so, so short in the end.
4. The Name of the Wind (DNF)
Somehow everyone of ever loves this?!?!?! I shall go hide in my hermit hole now so as not to be pelted with rotten tomatoes. Though if you decide to throw chocolate bars I just might stick around!
Maybe it’s because I’m not mature enough yet. This IS an adult fantasy, after all. It’s also extremely character driven, and I felt like we were standing still the entire time.
Since I knew this would be a daunting read for me, I decided to give the audiobook a try, and listened to it at like 6x the regular speed. It still took forever. And I was still so bored some of my teeth probably fell out and I didn’t even notice*
I listened to 50% but I just couldn’t go on.
*Update: I just checked. All of my teeth are still here.
5. The Night Circus
For some reason I keep feeling the need to defend myself bahahaha because once again this is a book I know a ton of people loved. BUT HOW. How can you love a book that promises you an epic battle/competition between to magical peoples, and instead you get a VERY SLOW PACED LOVE STORY.
I wanted to rip my hair out.
Sure, the writing was nice.
BUT I NEED BLOOD. I need action, and characters dying never hurt a book’s cause in my eyes.*
I was sorely disappointed.
*I promise I am not twisted and messed up inside**
**SPOILER: I probably am
6. Three Dark Crowns
This was like the sequel to The Night Circus. Promised an epic showdown between triplets separated at birth who are destined to have to kill each other because only one can live and take the throne.
HOW FREAKING EPIC.
AAAAAAND then nothing happened
Until, like, THE LAST 30 PAGES. Which were then very good and I wanted the next book immediately. Now One Dark Throne is out and I can’t be bothered to order it.
7. The Invisible Library (DNF)
Okay I am seeing a sort of pattern here. I don’t always read the synopses of books, but when I do, I expect to get what I was promised (that should be made into a meme. Someone make a meme of that)
No but seriously. I actually almost never read the synopses of books, because there are sometimes actual spoilers in it (I’M LOOKING AT YOU, MECHANICA)
Soooo a book about a librarian spy that travels to different worlds?
I thought it was bla. I wanted lots of action because this book they are stealing is Oh So Dangerous, but it just dragged on for me and after half I was just done.
Don’t hate me please.
I honestly don’t know if I was just in the wrong mood for this one!??! Who can know.
I freaking LOVED Inkheart. And Inkspell. AND INKDEATH.
To put it simply, Cornelia Funke is an amazing writer.
WHICH WAS WHY I WAS SO EXCITED FOR RECKLESS, a mashup of all the usual fairytales in a fairytale mirror world with two brothers being brothers and fighting and making up.
But for some reason I just felt zero connection to the writing and the characters. It felt like I was reading words on a piece of paper instead of walking through the world.
I don’t know if, perhaps, something was lost in the translation but it just didn’t hit the spot.
Someone get me some chocolate, I need to recover from this disappointment.
9. Desolate (DNF)
I’m going to keep this one short because DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED. I had to DNF this one because I was ready to throw myself off the roof.
I haven’t read anything with vampires in it since I was like 14. That was about when Twilight came out, okay? So Twilight was my last vampire book. And we all thought THAT relationship was messed up.
This book is about a human girl who is forced to marry a vampire and then basically gets raped on a daily basis.
I can respect that the author was trying to bring awareness to domestic abuse. That’s great.
But when you make the VICTIM meet some guy she doesn’t know and starts trusting/falling in love with him WHILE SHE IS STILL 389234072348289634259250% STILL IN THAT ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP?
LET’S JUST THROW ALL SEMBLANCE OF REALITY OUT OF THE WINDOW.
Okay I’m done.
Here’s my full (ranty) review!
Ughhh okay I just don’t like really long-winded political books. The magic was cool. At first! But then the author had to explain it EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY DID SOMETHING.
I get that he created this super complex magical system with rules and physics and stuff.
But come on dude. One explanation is enough. I don’t need to read a step by step guide every time someone pushes off of a coin.
I thought the first book was okay, but from the second on I just started to get more and more annoyed!
Sometimes it just feels good to get it all out there. I feel cleansed.
I should be a professional ranter, TBH. I’d be so freaking good at it someone give me chocolate.
What are some books that have disappointed you? Do you read books you aren’t sure you are going to like, or do you stick to what you know will wow you?