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5 DNF of 2020 | #TopTenTuesday 266

Most of you are going to be talking of books you’d like to reread today for Top Ten Tuesday (as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). I’ve talked about rereading in the past but I never get to it so I didn’t feel like really talking about that. Instead I decided to use a wrap up of the year prompt I always have.

While I always try to finish every book I start, that isn’t always realistic. I do often finish my own books because I bought them because I was fairly certain of liking them. But with review copies and library books that can be a bit more of a hit or miss.


Becoming by Michelle Obama
This was really just an ‘it is me not you’ kind of a thing. I am not much of a non-fiction or memoir reader. But I thought that since this was Michelle Obama I might be able to do it. But nope.

Review Copies

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen
Thank you to Random House Children’s for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway

DNF @ page 50.
It pains me to dnf this because I was all ready to love the phoenix horses, and I still think that it is a great idea. However the set-up of the book is just not for me. There are 3 point of views that we follow and one of them is written in second person point of view. I found it incredibly jarring to read the constant you’s and it makes me not want to pick this back up again. I’d rather dnf and try another Scott Reintgen book than torture myself through something that has elements I really won’t enjoy

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag
Thank you to Bantam Press and netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway. | CW: Hinted at Rape / Unwanted Physical Attention

For The Sisters Grimm I was very excited. However once I started reading this quickly dissipated.This book focuses on about 5 characters. One guy and 4 girls. One pov is written in first person point of view, and the others are written in third person point of view. These kind of switches are hard to do right and there needs to be a good reason to write it like this. Why was this one girl special that she deserved first person point of view? I could have read through with that.

However, this first person point of view was immediately also joined in the chapter with the third person point of view of the guy which I found very jarring. The other three girls all go one chapter to themselves and then the chapters started swapping between all the point of views with little scenes. There was never a moment where I felt I was getting the time to get to know the characters.

When a flashback was added I decided that this was enough for me and this was just not going to be a book for me.

Rewritten by Tala Gilboy
Thank you to Jolly Fish Press and netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway

I wasn’t the biggest fan on the first book but was very willing to give the second one a try. Unfortunately nothing in the first few chapters made me want to read on with this book. I have been reading a lot of middle grade in the past few years and the writing and plotting is just not up to par with this book/series.

Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski
Thank you to Orion Publishing Group and Gollancz for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

I wanted to love this book, it certainly sounded interesting. I picked it up a few weeks ago and managed to read over a 100 pages. There was an underlying humor in the narrator and I liked the chapter titles. But once I put it down I just could not get myself to pick it back up. I even dreaded it and at some point that means you have to say a book is not for you. I think that is the case here. Maybe if I had liked the MC better but I didn’t really care yet at this point.

Certainly don’t make this dnf from me stop you from picking up this book. I think this is a book that will certainly gell well with lovers of A Song of Ice and Fire for instance for the writing.

14 thoughts on “5 DNF of 2020 | #TopTenTuesday 266

  1. Interesting list! It’s always good when we can allow ourselves to DNF books we’re not enjoying.

    I did enjoy Michelle Omaba’s Becoming, but part of what I liked was that I listened to the audiobook of it. Hearing her tell her own story helped me connect to it in a way that reading the book for myself wouldn’t have.

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  2. I enjoyed Becoming, but I listened to it. Hearing it in her own words was really cool and it felt like a conversation rather than reading. I think I would recommend it that way, if you ever feel like trying it again. It was interesting and I felt like I learned a lot.

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  3. I definitely need to work on DNF’ing more – there are too many books out there to waste time reading one that’s just not for you. I’ve been wanting to pick up Becoming for a while but I was hesitant because I’m not a big non-fiction reader either… Perhaps I’ll need to listen to the audiobook, as some commenters have suggested, and maybe then I’ll have better luck.

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  4. I struggle hard with NF as well and I think I’ve been putting off reading Becoming because I’m worried I won’t like it. But I did also get the audiobook and hopefully hearing Michelle tell her story will keep it lively for me 🙂

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  5. Ik merk dat ik de laatste jaren makkelijker besluit om een boek niet uit te lezen wanneer het te erg tegenvalt. Iets dat me vroeger niet lukte maar nu dus gelukkig wel. Het eerste DNF boek dat me te binnenschiet van dit jaar is Blessed van Tonya Hurley. Daar wilde ik na een kleine 100 bladzijden echt geen tijd meer aan spenderen.

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