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?

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The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

Hey guys! It has been forever since I’ve done a tag, so I am super excited to finally do one again! I wasn’t exactly tagged to do this (shhhhh….) but I first saw it on The Little Contemporary Corner blog (link here) so be sure to check out their post too! So, without further ado, lets get to some unpopular opinions!


1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.

10429045Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 

I tried to read this book about a year ago, and I really just didn’t enjoy it. Nothing about the story really appealed to me (even though I usually enjoy dystopias). But this series does seem to have a huge amount of people that love it, but this book really just wasn’t for me.

Second place for this one is tied with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, The Fault in our Stars by John Green, and The Moral Instruments by Cassandra Clare

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

You know, I’ve been trying to think of a book for this one, but I honestly can’t. I don’t think that I have ever really loved a book that the majority of people have hated.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with.

2767052Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games Trilogy

Why did I not love this pairing? I have no idea. I just really didn’t. I wanted her to end up with Gale. Honestly it was the relationship between Katness and Peeta that ruined this trilogy for me.

Also, my second choice (because I feel like I need to say this) is Edward and Bella from Twilight. I am 100% team Jacob. Although I did like how the series ended, so that’s the only reason this pairing wasn’t my first choice.

4. A popular genre that you hardly reach for.

Suspense.

I don’t really know why I steer away from suspense novels, because I do love a good suspense film. Maybe I just need to pick one up and go for it, but I have yet to do that.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

24755483Joss Byrd in Unscripted Joss Byrd

I really wanted to like Joss. I really did. But for some reason she just came off as whiny and kind of annoying. I actually didn’t really like any of the characters in this book, no matter how much people are falling over themselves about it. I guess the book itself wasn’t bad, just the characters rubbed me the wrong way.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

11870085John Green

I read A Fault in Our Stars a few years ago, and since then I have never picked up another John Green book. I just couldn’t do it. His style of writing just doesn’t appeal to me, and I haven’t read an interesting enough book blub from him that has inspired me to pick up another one of his books and try again.

So, for now, I am John Green free.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.(examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

The whole “love at first sight” and “destined to be together” thing

Like when a character sees somebody else across the room or brushes their hand or something and is just like “a bolt of lightning shot through my body and I knew that I was in love with this person that I have known for .2 seconds.” It just gets on my nerves. Like stop. Just stop.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

6068551.jpgThe Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve known about this series for years, and have never even considered picking it up. It just doesn’t interest me.

Second place for this is the Matched series by Ally Condie. I just don’t think that there is anything there for me.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

mortal_instruments_city_of_bones_ver11_xlg.jpgThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Book series by Cassandra Clare)

Okay, so I really don’t like the Freeform Shadowhunters TV show, but I really did enjoy the movie. I actually saw the movie before I tried to read City of Bones (oops!). And when I loved the movie (which seems to be another unpopular opinion) and decided to read the book, I ended up not really loving the book at all.

So yes, I liked the movie more than the book.


And there we have it! My unpopular opinions. Which ones did you agree with? Which ones did you not agree with? What are your unpopular opinions?

If you haven’t done this tag yet, consider yourself tagged. I would tag individual people but since this tag has been around for so long, I have no idea how many people have done it!

 

Book Review- Unscripted Joss Byrd

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Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor
Published by Roaring Brook on August 23 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 224
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Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

I was really excited to read Unscripted Joss Byrd. I’ve been having luck with the last few contemporaries I’ve tried, and I love stories that explore life behind-the-scenes. This one promised to be awesome. But, I was sadly disappointed.

Let me just start by saying that it took me half the book to even figure out how old Joss was. At first I thought she was 14 or 15, and then she would say something that would make me think she was 8 or 9. Finally, it was revealed that she was 12, but gosh did that take FOREVER.

As for the characters, they felt so fake. This book didn’t throw me behind the scenes of a movie; it sat me awkwardly in front of cliché characters that were trying too hard to create a story that might be worth reading. I don’t mean to bash the book, I just was really REALLY disappointed by it. The characters were all so ONE DIMENSIONAL and PREDICTABLE, I could barely stand it.

In books where the characters are lacking, usually the plot is the savior. NOT IN THIS CASE. The plot was kind of boing, and was not original by any means. There were no surprises, no major twists, and nothing that made it special. The whole thing was just kind of “blah.”

Now, I’ve never  been big on contemporary novels, so that could be why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I was hoping. But I really just felt like it was trying too hard, and didn’t deliver. I didn’t feel anything for this book. NOTHING. NONE OF THE FEELS. So disappointing.

I wouldn’t really recommend this book to anyone, unless they are big fans of contemporary. Maybe they will be able to find something in the pages that I didn’t.

I am going to give Unscripted Joss Byrd two out of five hearts. Its not the worst book I’ve ever read, but it was not anywhere close to what I image it could have been.

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