My Thoughts on DNF’ing Books

A little while ago I watched a video by Catriona from Little Book Owl on YouTube where she talking about DNF’ing books and I thought: ‘Hey, why not’

To start off, for those who don’t know what DNF is, it stands for ‘Did Not Finish’. There are many reasons why a person can choose to DNF a book and I myself am no stranger to this act. My main reasons for DNF’ing a book revolves around a lot of things. I go through this whole thought process before I actually mark a book as Unfinished. Sometimes I say ‘unfinished’ because maybe I’ll get back to the book but that’s not always the case.

I’ve said in my Review Policy that I try not to judge a book by its author and there are one or two authors whose books I won’t read because I’ve tried a few and there’s no…spark for me.

Things that could possibly make me decide to DNF:

  • Annoying main character
  • Writing style that I’m not a fan of
  • I found the book boring
  • It ends up involving a genre that I have no interest in
  • The plot makes absolutely no sense

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My main reason for DNF’ing would be an annoying MC. I don’t care if any of the supporting characters are annoying, but if the MC is, then that’s an issue for me. I have to go through this entire book that’s narrated by this person who I imagine horrible things happening to and that poses a problem for me because sometimes I really want to like a book, but the MC gets in the way.

I applaud authors who have the guts to go out there and have their work published. It helps readers like myself have more books to look forward to. It helps reviewers help them get the word out that there’s a new book on the market. I said in a post a while ago that even though anyone can write, there is some talent behind it. You have to be able to draw a person in and then also keep them interested. The writing style of an author plays a big part for me where reading is concerned. I may like the characters, the world, the plot, even how the author went about with the idea of the story. But if I don’t like the writing style in general, everything else that the book holds would have to be really good to have me continue till the end. I’ve finished books that I didn’t like (because of annoying characters, poor execution) just because I was a fan of the writing style. I do think that it’s possible to grow as an author and become better so there’s hope for everyone.

I have this thing, almost like a motto where I believe that if I’m not liking the book and/or I find it boring, life’s too short for me to waste time on it. I can read any other book that I might enjoy a lot better. At first I thought that this was a bit mean but now I make no excuses. There are many books out there that want to be read so why should I use my energy reading something I’m not even enjoying? It’s as simple as that. *Another thing to add is: if I feel like a book is sending me into a reading slump, I’ll put it down and read something else and get back to it at another time.

I love unpredictability in a book. I live for it. When I’m hit with a plot twist, I feel giddy because the author got me this time. I actually want to say: I did not see that coming. Of course a book can have multiple genres and that’s awesome. But if the book was categorised as a Fantasy/YA/Suspense, for example, that’s what I’m going to expect. If I read this book and there’s hardly any fantasy, no suspense because everything is so predictable and romance on every page, I’m not going to be happy. Why? Because…was Romance listed as one of the genres? No, it was not. I ge that to some this might not be a big deal but we each have our genres that we stay away from. Mine is Romance. I don’t even watch RomComs (sometimes, but those are usually throwbacks to my preteen years). I’ve encountered a few books like these over the years and sometimes I feel tricked because what I read is not what I was promised. The betrayal is real.

A confusing plot can possibly ruin the story for me because what was the person trying to achieve? Sometimes I try really hard to understand and most time I shrug it off and end up DNF’ing the book because somewhere along the lines a game of Broken Telephone was played and what I heard is not what was said. Time to put that book down.

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You’d think that with how much I write in these posts, that I’m saying all I need to say. Nope, I still talk a lot in my daily life.

Anyway, this was my take on DNF’ing books. Clearly I’m all for it if the situation calls for it. There are a few books that I’m going to get back to (Marley & Me, The Return: Midnight, The Sky is Everywhere) but it might take some time.

That’s all for now.

Thanks for stopping by.
Till next time,

Caron xx

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Wrap Up: May 2017 (and June TBR)

SO delayed!!

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This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information The Nightingale Circus (Broken People, #0.5) Supergirl: Rebirth #1 (Supergirl 2016, #1) Secret Wars #0 (FCBD 2015) Secret Wars (2015-) #1 (of 9) Then Comes Love (Then Comes Love, #1) The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) Time in a Bottle The Time Keeper City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

This is What a Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Cassidy

This book needs to be in all libraries. I deserves to be noticed and I think that this was easily one of the best reads for me this year. See review here.

The Nightingale Circus by Ioana Visan

I really enjoyed this novella, as I do with Ioana Visan’s work. I want to read Broken People so I can find out more about the circus and the people that use it as their safe haven. See review here.

Supergirl: Rebirth #1 by Steve Orlando

This was a different and fresh view of Supergirl for me. I enjoyed this short piece and I’m definitely considering reading more about her. See Review here.

Secret Wars #0 by Jonathan Hickman

It’s about time I started this event. I think everything was summed up pretty well in this piece. Review to come soon.

Secret Wars #1 by Jonathan Hickman

I thought this was a pretty good start to the whole event. Definitely got me even more intrigued. Review to come soon.

Then Comes Love by Lindsay Detwiler

A cute, funny, quick read. I really liked this book and enjoyed it tremendously. See review here.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I’ve had this book for a few years and I took way to long to actually read it. I really liked it and I want to read the rest of The Giver Quartet. See review here.

Time in a Bottle by Kathleen D. Tresemer

I had a few issues with this book mainly because the proper trigger warnings weren’t applied but I really did enjoy the writing. See review here.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

This was definitely one of the better books I’ve read this year. I can’t believe I took so long to get to it. See review here.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

And so the reread continues! I loved this read a lot more the second time around and seeing my babies growing up is always a pleasure. See review here.

Total Read: 10 Books


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Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway Place The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

ARCs (I swear this list is getting shorter)

Sleight Heartborn Loving Ashe: Book 1 of the Celebrity Series Soothsayer: Magic Is All Around Us (Soothsayer Series #1) Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1) Unseen (Breaking Free Book 1) Teeth: The First Bite (Teeth, #1) Jaeth's Eye (The Agartes Epilogues, #1) Demolition Love The Labyrinth Eve The Soul Reaper The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1) Can't Buy Forever

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#25): A Song of Ice and Fire

The Books

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. He began the first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, in 1991 and had it published in 1996. Martin, who initially envisioned the series as a trilogy, has published five out of a planned seven volumes. The fifth and most recent volume of the series published in 2011, A Dance with Dragons, took Martin five years to write. He is still writing the sixth novel, The Winds of Winter.

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The TV Show was out for nearly 3 years already when I decided to start the Song of Ice and Fire series. I didn’t want to read them because that’s when my whole thing about not getting into the mainstream/current trends started. My classmates wouldn’t stop talking about the show and how awesome it was so I got curious. It took me nearly all summer to finish GoT but I really enjoyed it. I read CoK and SoS the next year as part of buddy reads and probably finished them in just over a week respectively. I finished the last 2 late last year and now I’m waiting along with everyone else for book 6… *clock ticking in the distance*

The TV Show

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Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin‘s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is A Game of Thrones.


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I swore I wouldn’t start watching this show but I caved once again. I was on Tumblr one day and the episode of Joffrey’s death had just aired the day before. There were gifs, pics and clips everywhere and people were going crazy. Since I had already finished GoT at this point, I was very happy by this news and promptly started watching the show.

The Decision

The show has long since forgone sticking to the main storyline of the books and so many changes have been made that barely compare the two anymore. I love the books and I love the show and sometimes I forgot that they’re even related. I’d go with the show this time only because I’d gladly re-watch it whereas the books are bit intimidating.

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Expected Releases for June 2017

Goodreads synopses included.

6 June

The Alice Network

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth …no matter where it leads.

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33347428I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is: What does Kevin Hart have that a book also has?

According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear:

A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact.

A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together.

A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning.

It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.

The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way).

But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, JK Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.

And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.

He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself.

“Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?”

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Dramatically Ever After (Ever After #2)Dramatically Ever After (Ever After, #2) by Isabel Bandeira

Senior year is not shaping up to be the picture perfect movie Em Katsaros had imagined. Her super hot leading man is five thousand miles away. Her dad just got laid off. And Em can kiss her first-pick university goodbye if she doesn’t snag a scholarship.

To turn this Shakespearean tragedy into the Academy Award-winning dream Em has written for herself, she enters a speech competition and manages to cinch a spot in the US Youth Change Council national round. She gets to spend a week in Boston and her prayers might be answered if she can kick butt and win one of the national scholarships.

Everything seems to be going by the script until she finds out Kris Lambert—senior class president, stuck-up jerk, and her nemesis—is going, too. Cue the dramatic music. In Boston, Kris is different. Nice. Cute, even. But she knows his game way too well—be nice to your opponents and then throw them under the bus on your way to victory. Instead of becoming his next victim, Em decides to turn the tables by putting her acting and flirting skills to work. Unfortunately, as they get close to the final competition and judging, reality and acting start to blur.

Can Em use the drama from the stage to get the future she’s been dreaming of?

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Once and for AllOnce and for All by Sarah Dessen

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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Words in Deep BlueWords in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

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13 June

 

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) BodyHunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxanne Gay

From the bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself

“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.”

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her own past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

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Bad RomanceBad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

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27 June

Seven Stones to Stand or FallSeven Stones to Stand or Fall (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon

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A collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories.
This riveting, romantic collection includes: -Besieged- (original novella), -Survival- (original novella), -Virgins, – -The Space Between, – -Lord John and the Plague of Zombies, – -A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows- and -The Custom of the Army.-

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Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court, #2)Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom.

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Goodreads Listopia for upcoming June 2017 Releases:

 

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Book Review: Supergirl: Rebirth #1 by Steve Orlando

Supergirl: Rebirth #1 (Supergirl 2016, #1)Goodreads Synopsis

Supergirl turns to the shadowy organization known as the D.E.O. (Department of Extranormal Operations) to restore her lost powers once and for all! But as a fateful experiment sends Kara Zor-El rocketing toward the sun, disaster strikes at home in the form of the lost Kryptonian werewolf Lar-On! All the epic action of the brand new Supergirl series starts here!


Supergirl has lost her powers and the D.E.O helps her get them back. At the same time, this Kryptonian monster shows and suddenly it’s go time.

I had a thought while reading this comic that whenever the heroes aren’t really around, not too much goes on. But the second they announce themselves, would you look at that, a monster has appeared.

Not much happened in this comic. This was nothing more than an introduction for Supergirl and the people she plans to work with to keep the good guys safe and fight the bad guys.

I was introduced to Supergirl via the TV Show so I knew nothing about her beforehand. It was really something else for me to see her as a teenager who’s barely been on Earth long enough to know all the ins and outs.

The writing was really good and this was only 24 pages but I barely felt it. I flew through it that fast. The artwork was gorgeous and I can’t wait till I read the Supergirl series.

Read: 9 May 2017
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 17 August 2016
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Steve Orlando
Illustrator: Emanuela Lupacchino

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RST: We Found A Bookstore!

This post is ridiculously delayed! For shame.

A few months ago my friend and I went into the city in search of this bookstore that she’d found online. Secondhand bookstores are hard to come by here, so the fact that we’d found one was big news.

This bookstore- Book World Trading- is hidden between two other stores and you won’t see it unless you know what you’re looking for. It’s safe to say that we knew, so our path was practically lit up in front of us. Behold!

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I honestly can’t remember if I’ve ever been in a used bookstore before but I do know that I’ve walked past plenty.

Stepping into this place was amazing. I’m so grateful that they didn’t try to spruce up the place with air freshener or something because that would’ve taken away from the magic that’s inside. I always smell a book just before I start reading it and I don’t own many secondhand books but this bookstore…the fragrance of old books were everywhere and I loved every moment I spent there.

I’m not entirely sure how long my friend and I spent there but I know it was a while. We went through every aisle, searched almost every shelf. We found gems, books that we’d been searching for, books I haven’t seen since I was a kid.

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I ended up buying a few books. One of them being one that I was contemplating on for a while- The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. The last time I had a chance to buy it I chose The Sword of Summer over it. We’ll see if I regret that choice because I wasn’t a fan of The Sword of Summer. I also got The BFG by Roald Dahl since the movie was just about to come out then. I think the third book I got was The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. It’s hardcover and I thought it was a good bargain. I’ve started the book but I put it on hold because I think that’s one of those books you need to be in the mood for.

I love being able to explore and find new things especially if they’re book related. It makes me feel some semblance of peace and belonging because even though I know that are other people who feel the way I do, I don’t always see it.

Here’s to hoping that more book finds await me in the future.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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I’m Taking a Break

As you can see from the title, I’ll be taking a break. I know I just came back from a hiatus that lasted from mid-2016 to the end of the year. I also realise that I just started a new blogging schedule and this break can’t come at a worse time.

Thing is, as important as my blog is to me, I have other important things to focus on as well i.e. my studies and my life.

My blog helps with my mental health but I don’t think this outlet is going to help me when I’m stressing about deadlines and whether or not I’m doing well enough to pass. I have to prioritise, you know.

In saying that, I’m sad to be stepping away but it’s what I need to do if I want to excel in achieving my goals.

Any posts that go up while I’m gone were scheduled beforehand and I don’t think I’ll be scheduling any more for the moment. I won’t be reviewing novels/comic books for the foreseeable future and I’ve already updated my review policy.

Good luck to those currently writing exams and happy reading,

See you when I get back,
Caron xx