This week’s prompt is: books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly.
I’m pretty good at determining whether I’m going to enjoy a book, if it’s not interesting by about 50 pages in, I will drop it. I also don’t keep track of books that I DNF and often forget about them. So I *ahem* borrowed the idea from Jo at BookLoversBlog to talk about books I wish I hadn’t finished. These are books that I hoped would get better or had come highly recommended to me or had such lofty reputations that I ploughed on despite not enjoying them.
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Márquez
I had heard such good things about Márquez, I continued with this book. I wrote a long ranty review on the myriad of reasons why I didn’t like it from the depiction of obsessive love as romantic to many problematic depictions of ‘love’.
Read my full review here.
The Left Hand of God – Paul Hoffman
This came highly recommended to me and was the first high fantasy book I had read in ages. Both of these reasons compelled me to finish it – I thought that it might just take me a while to get into and that it might get better, but alas this book suffers from clunky dialogue, poor writing and a lack of understanding of who the target audience is.
Imryil’s review of the book here is an excellent breakdown of what was wrong with it.
Under the Pendulum Sun – Jeanette Ng
This book has a gorgeous cover and the fact that it was a Gothic story with scary faeries definitely had me wanting to read it. It was one of the first books I had bought after a year long self-imposed book buying ban so I felt I had to finish it.
Read my full review here.
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
I love sci-fi, especially time travel but I do not like romantic stories and this was the downfall of this book. I couldn’t enjoy it and IMHO the time travel aspect of the book just wasn’t done well. I also thought the ending was poor.
Fishbowl – Bradley Somer
I read this as part of my 2017 challenge to only ready books I owned and I think what the book was trying to do was interesting so I finished it. The book follows a falling goldfish down a building and looks at the interlinking stories of its residents. It just wasn’t very interesting and didn’t have as much to say.
The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
Such great reviews, such high expectations but this book was predictable and GRIM. I still don’t understand how it has such a huge fanbase.
The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi
I had to read this book for uni and as we were going to spend a whole term on it, it wasn’t one I could skip. But oh my gosh did I hate the main character, he was incredibly selfish and I was not invested in the book or what happened to him at all.
Before I Die – Jenny Downham
I didn’t enjoy this book at any point but it being quite a short one I continued through it. I didn’t like the protagonist at all. I didn’t like her voice and found her selfish. Disclaimer: I read this as a teen so rereading it now might be a different experience but other reviewers on goodreads have expressed a similar opinion, so maybe not!
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
I read this as a teenager in the summer in between my GCSEs and A-Levels and it was the first literary text I read unassigned. I didn’t really know what a I was getting myself into for this one and again, might be better with a reread now that I better understand issues of mental health and depression.
The House of Night/Marked Series – P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Cheating a little with this one because I did eventually stop reading the series. During the It was the during height of my vampire phase and I found the book’s mythology really cool at the time – moon-shaped vampire marks, elements of witchcraft etc. But I got sick of the repetitive storytelling (literally each book would start with a recap of the previous) and how selfish and hypocritical the MC was.