I used to finish ever book I started, whether I was enjoying it or not. But life is short. I’ve realised that I don’t have time for books I’m not full involved in any longer so if I don’t like something or don’t connect with it as much as I want to, I’ll put it aside. It still makes me feel guilty though, especially if I received them for review so I still want to talk about them, explain why I didn’t like them. Here are the most recent books I DNF-ed.
The Fall, Bethany Griffin
I was so excited for this. A dark, Gothic retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher – it sounded perfect. But I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t find it as creepy as I expected, I didn’t connect with Madeline and I had no desire to follow her story any further. I’m hoping that I can go back to it another time as others have loved it so much.
I love Julie Kagawa’s books so I was devastated when I gave up on this about 30 pages in. I’ve never been a huge fan of dragons but I thought with Julie’s trademark magic I would fall in love with her world and characters as I always do, but we just didn’t click. I thought the mythology was strong and I didn’t dislike the main characters, but it just wasn’t there for me. Maybe another one that I read when I wasn’t in the mood for it...
Now, my dislike for this one I know wasn’t due to being in the wrong mood. It was promoted as perfect for fans of Douglas Adams and I could tell that Saci Lloyd tried really hard to capture the same charming eccentricities, but it didn’t work for me. It felt ridiculous and over the top, but in a trying-too-hard way and it just felt so false. It missed the mark by several miles for me.