I don’t like DNFing books. I will fight til the end of time itself to finish a book if it has the slightest bit of potential. But, right now, I can’t do that, with school swallowing my time. Reading for the blog is the one outlet of pleasure reading I allow myself, and my standards get set much higher during this time. I really, really don’t want to waste my time slogging through books that bother me, even if I have hope for them. This weekend, I got hit with a double whammy, as I was forced to DNF two different books in two days. Two books I thought had an EXTREME amount of potential. Here’s what getting me to put the book down these days:
Stopped Reading At: 7%
Why: First off, heavy handed ways of describing things just bugs me. Why uses three sentences when one will do? Secondly, and most importantly, the overall negative tone of this book was killing me. Everything was being described (quite heavy-handedly) as what it wasn’t, not as what it was. It gave the entire book a depressed, about-to-hurt-myself feel that seemed absolutely out of place for a book that clearly put all it’s emphasis on the love story. Oh yeah, that love story, that insta-love right from the get-go. That also was part of the reason I just couldn’t do it anymore.
Stopped Reading At: 18%
Why: I don’t have enough time to slog through YET ANOTHER BOOK where the main character needs to be rescued by a charming young prince when she clearly has more power, and–though she has no reason to be attracted to him instead of shock–spends more time fanning herself over his features than worried about the million other life and death situations currently unfolding because of her actions. Maybe I’ll return to this one later, but I don’t have high hopes.
So that’s what’s getting me to put a book down right now – what about you?
Disclaimer: I completely and utterly accept the idea that these books have the potential to become good, worthwhile books if you hang in there longer than I did. I just didn’t, and that’s a matter of personal preference. Judge these books for yourself if you’re at all interested.