February & March Reads

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Right now, with this bundle of fur (and teeth) taking over my life, I have been struggling to find the motivation/time/energy/desire (to be deleted depending on the time of the day) to sit down and write. But, it has now been seven weeks since our little lady arrived and I think I might be getting my life back on track.

Or, I bought a puppy pen so I could unglue my eyes from a puppy and read a book. I am pretty sure that is how you get your life together.

But, this is most definitely not about puppies. It’s about books. Let’s talk books.

I apologise in advance that my oh-so-elegant book thoughts go a little down hill towards the end, I gave up jotting down any book thoughts as the months went on and decided to just embrace my reading slump instead.

Only The Innocent (DCI Tom Douglas #1) by Rachel Abbott

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When philanthropist Hugo Fletcher’s dead body is discovered tied to a bed in his London home, Chief Inspector Tom Douglas determines right away that he’s hunting a female killer. Though Fletcher made countless enemies through his work with Eastern European prostitutes, the crime scene reeks of sex and revenge. This murder was personal.

Douglas knows Fletcher’s unhappy wife, Laura, should be his prime suspect. She’s definitely hiding something. Something big. But he isn’t convinced it’s murder. Besides, she’s not the only woman with a motive to kill the manipulative billionaire. So he digs deeper, into a tangled web of secrets and lies, unraveling the sordid life Fletcher lived outside of the media spotlight.

What he uncovers is shocking, forcing the veteran cop to ask himself: With a man like Fletcher, should the guilty be punished? Or should the innocent be protected?

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This is not my usual kind of book, but I decided to pick it up in the Audible sale on the recommendation of the Mum-In-Law. Truthfully, it is still not my kind of book. I never really got invested in the characters or the mystery, I was not so keen on the way everything was told to the reader and in the end, there was nothing that made me want to pick up the next book in the series.

You win some, you lose some and all that. Detective series are just a little boring to me. Unless it is Sherlock Holmes or Sherlock Holmes-esque then I am always down for some of that.

This is a series for the lost interest in continuing pile.

Rating :: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

 
 
 
 
 

Jackaby (Jackaby #1) by William Ritter

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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

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Following on from one detective novel to another. This one comes with a Sherlock Holmes-esque twist though! A Sherlock Holmes with supernatural beings twist, which I really enjoyed.

I chuckled, I smiled and I even rooted for a little romance. I had a lot of fun and I am absolutely invested in finishing this series in the next few months.

Rating :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

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Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

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This series is still going strong and I am still having a good time. I do wish the characters were just something more though, I cannot seem to really get into any of them. Sure, I like them, but I want to be more invested in them (it is a long old series after all) and I like to pick out favourites but I have not been able to do that yet.

I do not know, I feel like they are just lacking, they need a little bit more depth to them. The plot and the action however, that is a lot of fun and on that alone I am having a good reading time.

Let’s see what book four brings!

Rating :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kill Someone by Luke Smitherd

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Here are the rules.
Method: you can’t use a gun. You can’t use explosives. You can’t use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don’t have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of.
Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness.
Choose your method. Choose your victim.

Chris Summer was a 21 year old call centre worker and a drop out. A nobody, still living at home with his parents. Then one day the Man in White came to his family’s house, offering a seemingly impossible choice: kill a random stranger – one of Chris’ choosing – within twelve days in order to save the lives of five kidnapped siblings. Refuse, and they die slowly and painfully. The clock is ticking, the Man in White is watching, and Chris has some very important choices to make.

This is a tale of fear, indecision, confused masculinity and brutal violence; a story of a coddled young man thrust into a world of sharp metal and bone.
Ask yourself if you could do it. Then ask yourself who you would choose.

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This dude writes some weird books. Good weird, but weird nonetheless.

I really enjoyed my last Luke Smitherd book and was looking forward to enjoying this one as well. Enjoy it, I did. Not as much as the previous book but, it is another case of win some, lose some. Not that this was a loss at all.

Everything was just so weird and unrealistic, yet somehow a little realistic too and still weirder on top of that.

I guess we can conclude that this book was weird and leave it at that.

Rating :: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Slade House by David Mitchell

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Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

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Oh this was weird and creepy. I cannot remember the last time I read a book that had a bit of horror in it, but this definitely has me considering reading a few of the other horror books that I have on my Kindle.

I really enjoyed the short story format of the book, even if I did not enjoy each story equally (I think the third chapter/story was my least favourite and the rest were about equal) but as a whole, it was a really good read.

I did read somewhere that this is set in The Bone Clocks universe, so maybe I should have read that first, but I do not think it took anything away from this story having not read it. But since I enjoyed this so much, I will have to read The Bone Clocks some time.

Rating :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

 
 
 
 

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandson Sanderson

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In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

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I know that I gave this book four little golden stars, but is it? Really? Is it not more of a three-star deal? I don’t know.

Maybe three and a half. Maybe a was I reading the same book as everyone else star?

It was good. It was different. But did I have as much fun as I thought I would? Not really.

Do I want to read on with the series? I don’t know that either. Do I care? Who knows.

To summarise: I don’t know.

Rating :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

 
 
 
 
 
 

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

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The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

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I may or may not have forgotten what happened in this book.

Better than Throne of Glass, not as good as Crown of Midnight.

My Goodreads tells me that I’d like to continue the series though, so it can’t have been that bad.

I have a vague recollection of being a lot more invested in the side characters adventures rather than our assassin heroine.

Rating :: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

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Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…

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As far as thrillers go, it was alright. Nothing special, I enjoyed the story as a whole, but I wasn’t so keen on how it was presented. I’m not really into reading about things after they happen, seems to take away from the mystery of everything.

Meh. Just meh.

Rating :: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Every Heart A Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

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Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

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This was my attempt at getting myself out of my reading slump. Something short and (according to the rest of the internet) pretty darn good.

I agree with the internet.

Shame it wasn’t that much longer though, I could have happily read a couple hundred more pages of this story. There wasn’t enough pages to read through my slump-y feelings.

Rating :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

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Another “can this get me out of my reading slump?” book. Could it? Not really.

It was just the audiobook I needed, not too long and an easy story since my audiobook time has been sporadic at best lately. I wanted something that was minimal effort to pick up and put down every few days or so.

It just wasn’t interesting enough for me to consider reading the rest of the series.

I might consider some of Rik Riordan’s other series though.

Rating :: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V. E. Schwab

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THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

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Now this was the book to kill the reading slump.

Something I had been looking forward to: check.

Part of a series that I love: check.

A book I knew I would enjoy: check.

600 pages that flew by in no time: check.

Damn good. I will have to read the series again sometime. Nothing like 600 pages of enjoyment to get you back on the reading train.

The perfect bittersweet end to a series I thoroughly enjoyed.

Rating :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

 
 
 
 
 
 

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

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Miraculous inventions and unforgettable characters inhabit these pages: an elderly widow who finds the Holy Grail in a second-hand store…a frightened little boy who bargains for his life with a troll living under a bridge by the railroad tracks…a stray cat who battles nightly against a recurring evil that threatens his unsuspecting adoptive family.

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I am starting to think Neil Gaiman’s short stories are just not for me.

This book was a big fat “uh, no”. 

The only thing this book achieved was the creation of my new reading dilemma of: how do you know when to DNF a short story collection, when the next story might be great?

Rating :: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Currently Reading

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Yep. Still reading this one. I made little to no progress through it in February and March, here’s hoping I can get through a few more stories in April. It’s perfect for in between books, whilst I’m still trying to decide what to read next.

The Physics of the Dead by Luke Smithered

I keep reading (or rather listening to) this dude’s strange books. I don’t know why, but they have such a strange feel-good factor to them.

And that’s it for February and March. Talk book-y to me! 

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How To Become An Audiobook Pro

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Maybe you have heard, but I love audiobooks. If you have not, you are hearing it right now.

It wasn’t a slow burn kind of love, it was more of a I am going to lose my mind at this job, I need to do something about it, kind of love. Maybe I am being a little dramatic, but I am sure audiobooks saved my sanity on many occasions. In the years of working a job I hated, audiobooks gave me something to enjoy throughout the day and a perfectly good excuse to not hear people.

With that, I want to share my love of audiobooks with you, because I’m nice like that. To make that love useful, I am expressing it as a list of ideas to help you enjoy audiobooks too. I’ll even throw in some recommendations at the end too!

So, let’s get started because I fear this might go on from now until the end of time!

How to become an audiobook pro!

Simple, pop some headphones in your ears and listen away.

I kid. There is more to it than that. There are plenty of occasions when listening to audiobooks will just not work and other times when it will. I have plenty of tips to help you there!

Tip #1: When and where to listen. 

The first thing with audiobooks is finding time to listen. I used to listen at work, since most of my work day involved doing things with my hands and not my mind, my brain was then free to listen to a book.

For me, the key is doing it on an empty brain, those times where you do not need you to think all that much. I do not recommend trying to listen when you also have to ponder other things, otherwise you will miss parts of the book. For me, at least, I cannot listen when there are other words floating around my brain.

These are my favourite times to listen to an audiobook:

  • Chores. I always listen when I am cleaning, except when I vacuum because I can’t hear it over it, but washing up, sorting the washing, general cleaning and tidying, these are all good audiobook opportunities. Since most of us do a few chores each day, you have something that will consistently allow you to listen, so you can work through the book.
  • Editing photos. Since I am sat at my computer I might as well listen to a book. Occasionally, I have to pause it when I am concentrating too much, but that is usually when I am doing something in Photoshop. If it is just some basic edits and cropping, I can listen to quite a bit.
  • Cooking. Why not. You have to stand around by the cooker and watch pots boil anyway.
  • In bed. I always fall asleep and have to go back a little the next day, but I do enjoy listening before bed. This is made easier by using the sleep timer on whatever app you use to listen with.
  • Train journeys. Not always as I will often take a book too, but if my eyes are tired then I will listen to a book rather than read.

I used to listen when I walked places, but I find that it makes me more uncomfortable when I am out by myself since I cannot hear everything that is going on. So I do not do that any more. But it is still another good option for a time to listen. I would also listen to my book when we were running too.

It is also fun to listen whilst doing a little of that adult colouring too if you are into that.

I also hear audiobooking and driving are a good combination.

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Tip #2: Staying interested.

The most common response I hear after mentioning audiobooks is something along the lines of how do I concentrate on the book and not drift off. 

I get it. And sometimes my mind does wander off and I have to rewind the book a little, but for the most part, it happens very rarely.

Here is a few ways I stay interested in my audiobook: 

  • Picking the right time. You want a quiet brain (unless you have mad multitasking skills going on in your noggin), you are looking for times with busy hand and bored brain cells.
  • Use headphones. I find it a lot easier to listen with headphones than without. I can get into my audiobook zone and just listen without being disturbed by outside noises.
  • Shorter books. I look at short audiobooks like this: the shorter the story, the quicker it will move along, the easier it is for me to stay interested because the story is moving forward all the time. It also takes less listening time, so if I only have half an hour a day to listen I still feel like I am working through the book at a reasonable pace. For me, I consider a short audiobook to be around 10 hours of listening time, that’s about 300 pages.
  • Increase the read speed. These days I will listen to an audiobook at 2x or 2.5x speed, which makes a huge difference to the listening time (it works in the same way as listening to short books does). It definitely took some practice to get used to the faster speech but once I got into it, it was really easy. It is impossible for my to listen below 2x speed these days because it is just so slow. I think headphones make a huge difference here, I get into my audiobook zone and it feels like my brain slows down the speech itself (which sounds weird, but it really does) when I start listening. It’s weird to explain, but it is easy to listen at the higher speeds when you get used to it. Also, there’s no chipmunk-ing with the voice!
  • Simpler books. Or rather: embrace the Young Adult or even Middle Grade. I love listening to YA on audio just because, in general, they are simpler books. Simpler writing, simpler storylines, they do not need too much effort to keep up with and make for easy listening.
  • Pick what you will enjoy. I like to stick to what I know (unless the book is going cheap, or free) and tend to pick fantasy books since that it my favourite genre. That way, I can usually guarantee the book will be interesting from the get go. Also, go for fun! I do not often choose audiobooks that are heavy on those life-lessons, or topics that are too nitty-gritty, I like to go for something that is full of action and fun. I like my ears to smile when I am doing the washing up. Whatever your jam, go for what you enjoy the most.

Something that I occasionally think about when choosing an audiobook, is how many points of view the book might have. If the POVs are not distinct enough, it could be difficult to distinguish them in audio format, it is not so easy to just flip back to the beginning of the chapter to remind yourself which character it is. I have no had too much problem with this so far, but I am sure it will crop up eventually.

I do avoid audiobooks of books that have mixed multimedia in them. I just do not think that will work so well on audio, but, I could be mistake since I have never given it a go before. I should try it out just to see, but I think I would rather read the physical book in this case.

I’ve yet to listen to a short story collection on audio, but I think these would also be a great way to stay interested. They probably feel the most similar to podcasts.

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That photo brings nothing to this blog post, except to break up this wall of text. At least the first one was a fairly accurate portrayal of what I might do, albeit, with more snacks. Also, do not laugh at my terrible colouring skills, that’s the best I have. 

Recommendations

I haven’t listened to hundreds of audiobooks, but I feel like I have listened to enough that I might be able to recommend some to get you started.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

This is a beast of an audiobook (which makes it a great bargain if you exchange it for a credit on Audible) but it is all short stories so it is great for picking up and putting down again if you only have small amounts of time to listen. I listened to this in between other audiobooks, picking it up when I finished a book, or in the middle for a few hours and then putting it down again. It’s a 50hr audiobook, but it’s absolutely worth it, especially if you listen to it at an increased speed as well.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach 

This might not be for everyone, but I thought it was a really interesting listen. It is short, it has a wonderful sarcastic humorous style and it is non-fiction so you are learning something too. Win, win.

The Humans by Matt Haig

Short and funny. Just what I like in an audiobook. It was just a lot of fun and who does not enjoy chuckling out loud to something no one else can hear. Definitely recommend.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This book is a great option if you are looking for something light to read, after all, it is a children’s book. It is easily one of my favourite audiobooks and I definitely recommend it for something that is easy on the ears. It is probably the only classic I have ever really enjoyed.

Career of Evil (Cormoron Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith 

I can only recommend the third book in this series on audio, as I read the first two books in physical format.

I feel like this book series suits audio so much more than being physically read. In my opinion, these books are incredibly slow and as a slow reader, I usually cannot progress fast enough through a slow book to make it enjoyable. This is where the audiobook comes in, the story moves along a lot faster at 2.5x speed than I could ever read and, turns out, it is actually quite good.

I don’t know if I could say the same for the first and second books, I was not all that keen on those, but I definitely enjoyed the third. So, I’ll recommend it, even though it is not my favourite, I still think it makes a good audiobook.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

These are great little audiobooks. The books are short, the writing is full of witty nuances and even for a series, it is not that big of a commitment (I think each audiobook was only about 6 hours long), these could be the books for you.

Phew, that is it, what a post! That is a lot of text. I hope it was of some use to at least one person though! Are audiobooks your thing? Do you have some recommendations for my next one? 

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Books I DNF-ed in 2016

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Back in August last year, I put together a post about books I had given up on – DNF-ed, if we are using the technical book-term – so far in 2016. My plan was to write another post when I got to ten DNF-ed books, but that never happened; I seem to have got a bit more savvy with my book choices as the year went on.

However, I still DNF-ed another four books after that post and thought it would be fun to share them again.

I do not mind putting a book down, I never feel like I must finish a book just because I started it. After all, there are so many books to enjoy, there is no point spending time on one that you don’t like. Time is precious and should not be spent on books that make you groan every time you think about reading them. Unless the joy of finishing a book outweighs the pain of reading it, then maybe it is worth the time and effort but that rarely happens for me.

I’m not sure I admire people who refuse to give up on a book, sometimes I wonder what you can get out of something that you just do not enjoy but put hours into completing. Not enough wondering to make me more persistent with finishing books, though. I will leave that to the more dedicated readers out there.

Now, let’s get complaining!

Books I DNF-ed In 2016

In case you missed the previous post, and to save you having to go back and look, I will include those books here as well as a quick recap of why I gave up on them. For my in-depth complaints, you are welcome to check out the first post.

The first five books are the ones I have already wrote about. These were at the beginning of the year when I was trying to work out which books tickled my fancy and which ones did not. These books, most definitely, did not tickle my fancy.

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

Reason for DNF-ing: Excessive mentioning of Facebook and other social media, a main protagonist that was unbearable and I just did not really understand what was going on.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip Dick

Reason for DNF-ing: Turned out to be an abridged version of the book and it was just plain boring. Did include talk of pet-robots which was mildly interesting.

Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan

Reason for DNF-ing: Read a previous book that I did not like by the same author, thought I would try another book. A mistake, this was one big snore fest and absolutely not my type of book.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Reason for DNF-ing: Unable to work out if characters were mugging people or buying a magazine. Just nope. Even if it is only 100 pages.

Umbrella by Will Self

Reason for DNF-ing: Book narrator had the most annoying voice and everything else about the book was awful too.

Now, onto the books that I didn’t mention last time! 

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I cannot remember if I picked this up in the Audible daily deal or on one of their offers, but it has been in my Audible library for ages, it was about time I gave it a listen. Well, I got a few chapters in and that was that. I enjoyed the beginning, reading Jonathan Harker’s journal entries, but then the perspective changed to letters between to female friends and I just lost all interest and gave up. This book falls in to the not for me side of my love/hate relationship with classics.

The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald

I had a feeling I wouldn’t like this before I started the audiobook, but since it was free and only five hours long, it couldn’t hurt to give it a go. I listened to about an hour and then gave up, too much social commentary and not enough story. Another classic for the I don’t like you pile.

The Two Towers by J.R.R Tolkien

I tried, I really did. I read The Fellowship of the Ring with great pain and thought I could power through the other two books to complete the series. I couldn’t, they are just too boring. I do not think a single part of the book went into my brain. I would look up from the page and lose my spot instantly, chances are I missed a paragraph or two as I would look down and start again at the wrong spot. Or I would just be sat there wondering if I really did just read 20 pages of a book where they did nothing but walk across a patch of land and be sad about it.

So yeah, I gave up, I did not even bother to finish the chapter I was on, just nope. Then I sold the series to someone else and made €6 of them.

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

I could not get into this book, it was too slow and there was nothing to keep me interested. I did not mind the multiple perspectives, thought it was a bit difficult to distinguish them from each other, making it far too much hard work to keep up with every character and what was going on. If there was anything going on, I am not sure there was. I could not quite grasp the descriptions so even if there was something going on, I am not really sure I understood it anyway. So, back to the library this book went.

And that is a wrap. What was the last book you DNF-ed? Or are you someone who never DNFs a book? I’m curious, does the joy of completing the book outweigh the pain of reading it? 

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