Discussion: Why do we DNF books? What books were not worth picking up?

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I’ve been putting off writing this post for a while. It’s actually painful for me to write, because some of these books were just SO TERRIBLE that it hurts my soul.

In this post, I’m going to be talking about why I DNF books, and about some books that I have DNFed.

It’s important for me to say, before I start this post, that I honestly gave these books everything I had. I hate giving up on books, and usually force myself through them in hopes of them getting better. That is stupid of me. So I’m also going to give you a list of books I definitely should have DNFed and didn’t because I’m stubborn and sometimes an idiot.

What does it mean to DNF?

DNF, or “did not finish” refers to a book that you never finished.

It literally just means that you didn’t finish the book.

Why do I DNF?

There are a lot of reasons people might not finish a book. But, usually, it’s because 1) the book is so bad that it is painful to read, 2) the book is super boring and you lose interest and can’t bring yourself to pick it up again, or 3) the book has some kind of offensive or harmful content.

I personally have DNFed for all of those reasons at some point or another.

What books have I DNFed?

I decided to write this post because I DNFed 2 books in the month of July. TWO!!! Here they are:


29868610Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick was given to me by my librarian to try out. I usually like memoirs (even if I don’t read a whole bunch of them) but I just could not get on board with Kendrick’s writing. I’ve never really liked Anna Kendrick, but I don’t dislike her either, so I thought that this might be a fun book to read. But I found myself cringing at how she wrote. Everything about this book just annoyed me, and I got antsy every time I picked it up and tried to read a little more of it. Finally, after two weeks of trying, I DNFed at about 50%


28220701I’ve had an ARC of The Infinity of You & Me by J. Q. Coyle sitting in my room for about a year (I know, I know, that’s way too long, also thank you to the published and authors for getting this to me), and I finally got myself to read it. I was immediately confused, and found both the writing style and the plot cringey. I kept thinking that the book was going to sort itself out and get exciting at some point, but no matter how hard I tried, I did not enjoy any of it. The characters seemed forced and I didn’t like them at all. The plot was trying too hard and full of annoying clichés. Honestly I think this book could have used a few more drafts. I DNFed at about 30%.


Besides those two books, I can only remember DNFing two others… both over a year ago.


22510983If you couldn’t tell by my recent Hate-Haiku, I really REALLY didn’t like this book. At. All. I wrote a review for it a long time ago, right after I read/DNFed it (you can read that here if you so desire), and honestly this is one of the worst books I have ever laid eyes on (which is painful to say considering how beautiful the book looks). It’s hard to talk about this book without getting mad. I had such high hopes for this one and the premise was super amazing and the FLOP. So. Painful. Everything. About. This. Book. Was. Terrible. I can’t remember exactly how far into it I was when I DNFed, but it was before the 50% mark… and I’m honestly surprised I made it that far.


6186357I’m pretty sure that I watched the movie before I tried the book. Yeah, that’s kind of a no-no, but I’m kind of a rebel (haha I wish) so I do it anyway sometimes….

But I didn’t really like the movie. So then I picked up the book, thinking “well, the movie wasn’t so bad… I’ll probably like the book more.” I WAS WRONG. I tried to read this for so long and I actually made it to around 90% when I just couldn’t anymore. It was too bad… too painful. But I should have known. If Dylan O’Brian can’t make it good, no one and nothing can.


Books I definitely should have DNFed.

For every book that I DNFed, there are 10 books that I should have DNFed. Why didn’t I DNF these? Because some silly part of me kept whispering “it will get better… just hang in there.”

Whoever said to listen to your gut obviously hasn’t met my gut…

So here are some of the books that I should have DNFed. Consider yourself warned:

I pushed through these books with sheer will power, but I honestly regret reading them. I didn’t really enjoy any, and I certainly didn’t get anything out of them. I think the only one I didn’t review on my blog was Quarantine (because I read it before I started blogging), but you can read my reviews of the other books here:

Fangirl // Unscripted // Fallen // As I Wake // The Love Interest

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so obviously there are people out there who loved the books I couldn’t stand.

I’m not trying to tell you that you have to hate the books that I hate. If you loved any of these books, that’s great! I’m honestly glad that someone was able to find something in these books that I couldn’t.

Talk to me:

What books did you DNF? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Did you like them? What is the last book that you had to DNF?

ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag: AKA me being a spectacular wuss and taking the easy way out

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Heyyyyyy…. So I’ve been tagged. Mwahahaha.

But, as you probably guessed from the title of this post, I’m gonna be a gigantic wuss and take the easy way out. Meaning I choose Dare.

Ok let me back up…

I was tagged by Clare @ Books, Coffee, and Repeat to do the “ThisIsMyTruthNow” tag. Basically it’s like a game of truth or dare: If you pick truth, you answer the 12 questions in the tag; if you pick dare, then you complete the dare that was given to you by the person who tagged you. (if you want to read all the rules, visit the original post here)

So: I pick dare.

Why? Because, frankly, I like the dare I was given more than I want to answer the questions. There. I said it.

My Dare:

Write a haiku about a book you hate with pure passion.

22510983I don’t like to say that I “hate” any books… but I do kind of hate Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. I mean COME ON! IT COULD HAVE BEEN SO GOOD AND IT WAS AWFUL! Sorry, I’ll save my feelings for the haiku.

Behold: MY HAIKU SKILLS (lol what haiku skills?)

Girl Online is crap
I want to punch this novel
In it’s bookish face.

Now for the important question: Can I tag people to do this?

I mean, I took the easy way out, but I really want to tag people to write a hate-haiku. It was a very therapeutic process.

Since I’m not exactly sure, I’ll leave it at this:

If you wanna join the Hate-Haiku club, then you are tagged.

I know you want tooooooooooooooo 🙂

Anyway, that’s it for today! Thanks for reading!

YA Series Recommendations- What are your favorite series? What series are not worth the read?

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Finding a new series to dive into can be a hard and daunting task. Series are a big commitment. They are scary. And more often than not, they get shoved down to the bottom of a TBR because who has time for that?

What are you talking about? Obviously people read series.

Obviously. But think about it for a minute: has there ever been a series that you put off reading for so long and then when you picked it up you were like “why did I wait so long to read this? This is amazing.” ???

If your answer is “no, does that really happen to people? Hah puny mortals.” then get out of here what are you doing you wizard/god

wait, actually on second thought please come back and teach me your secrets because I need them

But seriously, what is the purpose of this post?

Well:

We are gathered here today to join John and Jane in holy… oops.. wrong place

We are gathered here today to discuss great YA series and inspire each other to finally pick up that amazing series and stop missing out! I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite YA series, and then we can talk about them and you can tell me what your favorite series are and then we can all be sprinkled with pixie dust that will make all our responsibilities go away so we can read forever.

Or something like that…

So what counts as a series? Basically anything with more than one book. So douologies through 100 book series (if such series exist). Or at least that’s my definition of a series, so I’m rolling with it.

My YA Series Recommendations (in no particular order):

Anna Dressed in Blood (Duology) by Kendare Blake

I will never not recommend these books. They are amazing. The end.

Red Queen (Quadrilogy) by Victoria Aveyard

I’m not sure if this series is going to stop at 4 books, but that’s all I know of for now, and based on the ending of King’s Cage, I think the fourth (still unnamed book) is probably going to wrap everything up.

This series is one of my favorite dystopias, and I can not wait for the fourth one to come out! It is gripping and exciting. There are powers, princes, rebels, high stakes, and heart wrenching events. If you love dystopia, this is not one to miss.

Ruby Red (Trilogy) by Kerstin Gier

I regard these books as the best time travel books to grace the planet. Good luck convincing me otherwise.

The Selection (Trilogy) by Kiera Cass

I adore everything about this trilogy. I know that technically The Heir and The Crown exist… but I don’t really consider them a part of this (do you?). Plus I’ve only read The Heir and I don’t really think it lives up to the glory of the original trilogy.

This series is so adorable and swoon worthy!! And it’s a quick read, which is always a plus!

Throne of Glass (6 books? 7? More?) by Sarah J. Maas

So remember in the beginning of this post when I said something about putting off a series for wayyyy too long and then being like “why did I wait so long?” Yeah so that’s pretty much this series.

I’m only on the second book as of right now, BUT ITS SO GOOD I HAD TO PUT IT ON THIS LIST. Seriously this writing is some sort of sorcery. Don’t deprive yourself of the amazingness.


Okay so that’s it for my list.

Are there more amazing series out there?

Obviously. That’s where you guys come in! I want to hear what your favorite series are!

28962906And, also, there are of course series that are just starting. As in only the first book has been published as of now. Like Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. SOOOO GOOD.

But I tried to only include complete or almost complete series on this list, so if anyone decides to start one of the series I recommend, you won’t be stuck waiting for the rest of the series to come out (which could take years).

Because binge reading rules!

But also support new authors. Because that is important.

But what about the series that are not worth the read?

Well, I’m sure that ever series has it’s fans. And, a lot of people like the series that I had a lot of trouble reading. But, here is a list of series that I could not get in to. Just remember that these are my opinions, and if you like any of these series that is great and I’m glad that you were able to find something in them that I wasn’t.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Trilogy) by Ransom Riggs

I don’t have anything against this series (I actually kind of enjoyed the first book… kind of), but I could never bring myself to pick up the second book. I just don’t think this series is worth reading.

Shatter Me (6 books) by Tahereh Mafi

I don’t want to say I hated the first book of this series….

A lot of people enjoy this series, but I can’t figure out why for the life of me. I just can’t stand anything about it.

Girl Online (Trilogy) by Zoe Sugg (Ghost Writer Siobhan Curham)

These books are the bane of YA. I don’t know why they exist. The first book was so cringey that I could barely finish it.

The Maze Runner (Trilogy? Not really sure at this point) by James Dashner

The Maze Runner was actually a DNF. I tried to read it several times and never got past the middle of the book. I watched the movie, too, just incase that would inspire me to finish the book… but I didn’t really like the movie either.


Anyway, that’s it for this post!

What are your can’t-miss YA series? What series are not worth the read?

Also: if you make a post similar to this one, link me in it so I can see it!

Thanks for reading!!

April Book Wrap Up

I’ve been seeing book wrap ups all over the web, so I decided to join the club. This month has been pretty productive, especially considering I had my final exams in seven subjects (and passed them all!). I somehow managed to read 8 books in between my studying and am happy to report that I liked almost all of them.

I won’t go into depth about the books, but I’ll give you my rating and some quick thoughts on them. To read the full reviews click on the title.

Lets get started!

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Ruby Red

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: Ruby Red puts an interesting new spin on time travel. The book was very entertaining, and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.

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Sapphire Blue-

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: Sapphire Blue was just as entertaining as Ruby Red. It takes you deeper into the world of time travel, and the stakes are higher than ever.

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Emerald Green

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: What an amazing end to an amazing series. The conclusion was definitely not what I expected, and left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

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Resthaven

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: Resthaven definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. There were a lot of twists I didn’t see coming. I do wish it had a bit of a stronger conclusion.

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Girl Online

Rating:  

Thoughts: Girl Online was a huge let down. I couldn’t even finish the book.

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The Tenderness of Thieves

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: The book was beautiful. The characters and emotions were so genuine, and the plot was intricate and enthralling.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I really liked the book. The pictures added a wonderful medium to the text, and the story was full of surprises.

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The Electric Coma Dream

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: The Electric Coma Dream was a very deep book. It delves into the true meaning of self, and is written beautifully.

 

That’s the end of my April Wrap Up! What books have you read this month? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review- Girl Online

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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
(Ghostwritten by Siobhan Curham)
Published by Atria on November 25, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 346
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Penny has a secret.

Under the alias Girl Online, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

I wanted to like Girl Online. I really, really did. It’s not that I’m a huge Zoella fan (I’m not), but I have a lot of respect for her; she has accomplished some amazing things.

It was clear from the moment I started reading that the book wasn’t for me. After struggling through the first couple chapters I had to put it down. I’ve tried to sit back down and read it various times, but I can never get through more than a chapter in one sitting. I finally gave up about half way through the book.

There were several thing that didn’t sit right with me. However, it was the characters that really put me off. Every single character in the book acts and talks like an eleven-year-old girl. Yes, even the adults. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t get over that. It was almost insulting.

The plot was hard to read as well. Instead of getting into the plot line advertised in the synopsis, you get a 100 page (ish) sub plot in the beginning that completely confused me (I thought Penny was supposed to be a blogger… not a photographer?). You also get an awkward MG romance thrown in with a cliché used-to-be-best-friend-now-arch-nemesis character.

Also, who talks with that may exclamation marks!!!??!!!

When I stopped reading (150-ish pages in) the “main plot” was just beginning. Honestly I just couldn’t take it anymore. I don’t mean to bash on the book, but it really let me down. I kind of take that personally.

I’m sad to say this, but Girl Online only gets one out of five hearts from me.

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The Emoji Book Tag

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Big thanks to Rawls E for nominating me for this fun tag! The idea behind this tag is to pick a book for the five emoji’s you use most.

The Very Frown-y Emoji

imageedit_3_5775496173For this emoji, I’m going to pick a book that I was expecting a lot from and got, well, a big frown.

I’m going to go with my current read, Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. Not only is the cover for this book amazing, but the idea behind it is pretty great too. I don’t want to go too much into detail (I’ll save that for my review), but needless to say this book is a big let down.

The Smirk Face Emoji

imageedit_6_7093691237.pngTo me, the smirk face is little… naughty (for lack of a better word). So I’m going to choose a book with romance that just gave me all the feels.

I’m going with The Duff by Kody Keplinger. It was extremely entertaining, sexy, and smirk face worthy.

The Expressionless/ Flat Face Emoji

imageedit_9_5762348756I usually use this emoji when a friend says something stupid (which apparently happens a lot) or I’m just really bored (which also apparently happens a lot). So I’m going to choose a book that bored me with it’s stupidity.

I hate to say it, but the book I’m choosing is The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I tried to read this book on three different occasions, and quit half way through both times. I don’t know why, but it just bored me to the point where I fell asleep in the middle of a chapter (which literally never happens to me).

The Heart-Eyes Emoji

6faaa08700cb0741e8ba3c5fed121449For the heart-eyes emoji I am going to choose a book that gives me all the feels and seriously makes me want to fall in love.

I had to think hard about this one… mostly because of the huge amount of adorable book couples. I’m going to go with Lyra and Will from His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. Something about the subtle romance in the books just hits me in the heart. I always thought they were adorable, and wished they ended up together instead of in separate worlds.

The Nerd Emoji

65bcd2590f982f6c95de78664861ed58I love the nerd emoji (cause I’m a nerd hehehe)! For this one, I’m going to choose a book that has a really smart “nerdy” main character.

I’m going to go with Gone by Michael Grant. Honestly I had a hard time choosing between Astrid and Annabeth (from Percy Jackson… duh). I decided to go with Astrid because she really is more of a nerd, and well, she goes to school.

I had a lot of fun doing this tag! If you want to do this tag, then I nominate you! Leave a link to your post in the comments so I can check it out!

TBR Book Tag

 

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Hi everyone! I saw the TBR (to be read) book tag over on Book  Boodle and decided to do it. It looks like so much fun!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

A couple different ways. I have a few lists over on Goodreads to try and keep track of the ever growing list. Right now I have a pile of hard copy books in my room and a bunch of books in my Kindle and iBooks libraries. I guess I just pick whatever stands out to me when I’m searching for a new book to read on the list.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

It’s probably and equal mix of both. I like reading hard copy more, but they are so much harder to get. So, whenever I find myself at Barnes & Noble I pick up 4 or 5 books and when I finish those I switch over to eBooks, until I end up back at the book store again.

How do you decide which book from your TBR to read next?

I think it really depends on my mood. When it’s time for me to pick a new book I usually spend an hour staring at the different covers and reading the backs of the books, until one jumps out at me.

Unless I am reading a really good series. Then the next book to read is a no brainer!

What book has been on your TBR the longest?

9460487Hmm. That’s a hard one to answer. It’s probably Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (which I have been trying to get to since I saw it in the book store a few years ago. I have a paper back on my books shelf waiting to be read right now).

18805623The Tenderness of Thieves has also been on my TBR for quite some time. It’s hidden somewhere under a pile of other books in my room, so when I go for a new book I usually miss it.

What books have you recently added to your TBR?

The most recent book I’ve added is Martini Henry. Naomi Mantin (the senior press officer for Trans World Books) was kind enough to send me a copy to read! I can’t wait to start it.

What book is strictly on your TBR because of the cover?

To be honest, most of them are. Unless they are huge best sellers that everyone I know has 22510983read and loved, I pick my books by their covers. When I go to Barnes & Noble (which is totally my favorite store) I walk around the book shelved for hours, picking up any books whose cover catches my eye. Then I 13597728narrow it down by reading the back cover and a random page in the middle of the book.

That being said, there are few books that just have AMAZING cover art (even more amazing than the others), such as Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Asylum by Madeline Roux.

What is a book in your TBR that you never planned on reading?

All of them really. Like I said before, when I go book shopping, I just let the books speak to me. I tend to stay away from the main stream “best seller” books in the front of the store and wander into the back shelves of the novel section. I always end up finding something amazing to read.

What books on your TBR has everyone read but you?

Not that many. I do get my fair share of popular books in. Those are usually the eBooks I read. However, I do keep meaning to read To Kill a Mockingbird, which I never end up doing. I’ll get to it one day.

What is a book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

That’s kind of a tricky question for me. I tend not to read books just because people recommend them. The last time I did, I read The Fault in Our Stars. To be honest I didn’t really like the book, and decided just to stick to my gut after that.

What book on your TBR are you dying to read?

23207027All of them really. Being as picky as I am, if there was a book I wasn’t 100% psyched to read, it probably wouldn’t be on my list.

But Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is probably highest on my list. It’s coming out in September of 2016, and I can’t wait! Kendare Blake is one of my absolute favorite authors, and the synopsis of the book sounds amazing. If it is anywhere near as good as her other books, I will probably end up reading it a lot more than once!

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR?

22 right now, but that’s only a part of my whole list. If I added in the hard copies and eBooks I would probably be closer to 50-70 books. It might sound like a lot, but I know people with TBR’s of 500-700 books (I have no idea how the find the time!).

 

Thanks for taking the time to read! If you decide to use this tag, feel free to add a link to your post in the comments. I would love to read your answers!