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2 Second DNF Review: Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Wow did I hate this. Really strange given that I really enjoyed the first one. I can’t read that Mack winks one more time because I’m 30% through and it’s been like two times a page and I can’t deal with this vom-inducing guy. I also hate the “you know you love me” attitude. Shut up dude and don’t tell me how I feel. I’m not a huge fan of Liv either, with her constant fake gagging and anger at everything. Basically no one is likable in this book, to the point where the idea of sexual tension between them is off-putting since I dislike them both. Ugh.

Other issues:
– There are tons of typos and incorrectly used words in the digital copy. Especially weird because it’s a digital file so updates can be made and spell check exists.
– A romance based around a sexual assault and revenge? Maybe a bit of an inappropriate combination?
– Flat characters. Felt like they existed only to each personify one extreme trait to make it enemies to lovers.
– The reason they’re enemies is because… he once ate her leftovers. Seriously?

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Books I DNFd this year (did not finish)

Hey y’all! I’ve had a flux this year so far where some months I had plenty of time to read, and others I felt like I had none with everything else going on. It made me really value the time that I did have! And with that, I became pretty ruthless about not bothering to continue or finish a book if it was just not doing it for me. So far this year I’ve ditched 5. Here’s which ones and why!

*prepare for some potentially unpopular opinions* 🤣

Books that didn’t make the cut

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

This one got ditched because I had just read Super Fake Love Song by him, which was okay enough for me to pick up another book by him. However, I quickly realized that the characters and style are almost identical. I was bored pretty quickly after that. I may read this at a later time with some more distance, but it didn’t seem like I was missing out after having read the other one.

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

This one actually was pretty good, it was just very abstract magical realism that I was way to tired to put in the effort of following. It took some focus, sort of like poetry, and I just was not in a place to dedicate that to it. I’ll probably come back to this as a summer read or something!

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3 books I already gave up on this year

Hey y’all! I’m not here to rehash the merits or issues with not finishing a book that you’ve started. DNFing is complicated and varies person to person. We’re solid on that by now I think.☺But I happen to be a person who is happy to say I’ve attempted to read a book, and decided not to finish. It usually doesn’t happen often, but this year has been an exception! I’ve already DNFd three books this year (and it’s not even been two months!!!), but each is for it’s own unique reason.

My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee

This one is just a little too much for me right now. I’m handling a lot of big changes in my life, and frankly have hardly had time to read or blog this year. So I decided to put this one in the attempted pile and maybe pick it back up during the summer, when I have time to lounge. It was mostly just a timing issue with this one.

The Part About the Dragon was Mostly True by Sean Gibson

Ultimately, this one came down to the humour not really working for me. That was like 80% of the novel, and without it, that last 20% of plot wasn’t strong enough to keep me interested. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t for me.

Bleaker House by Nell Stevens

This one was an oddity. I saw on Goodreads that I had marked it complete, and I thought “wow I don’t even remember finishing that, it must not have been great.” And then I checked, and I hadn’t actually finished it (just misclicked on GR). And the fact that I couldn’t remember if I had or had not finished it convinced me that I didn’t need to. It was also pretty weird and not what I was hoping for. Again, not awful… but formless enough to prevent me from loving it.

Have you attempted any books this year that you just couldn’t finish? Did you push your way through ones that you wish you could have put down?

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(DNF’d) Review: The Part About the Dragon Was Mostly True by Sean Gibson

The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson
Verdict: way too many digressions; the crude / poop jokes didn’t really do it for me either; and the characters felt flat and singularly defined by one characteristic.

Recommended: there’s definitely people who will love this (just…not me)
If you love crude humor and poop jokes; if you can follow along a whiplash ride and don’t mind constant diversions; if you’re looking more for humour than a story or developed characters; if you’ve never read an “epic adventure” parody book (because this one wasn’t great, so if you’ve read and enjoyed another you’ll probably be disappointed)

Sure, you think you know the story of the fearsome red dragon, Dragonia. How it terrorized the village of Skendrick until a brave band of heroes answered the noble villagers’ call for aid. How nothing could stop those courageous souls from facing down the dragon. How they emerged victorious and laden with treasure. But, even in a world filled with epic adventures and tales of derring-do, where dragons, goblins, and unlicensed prestidigitators run amok, legendary heroes don’t always know what they’re doing. Sometimes they’re clueless. Sometimes beleaguered townsfolk are more hapless than helpless. And orcs? They’re not always assholes, and sometimes they don’t actually want to eat your children. Heloise the Bard, Erithea’s most renowned storyteller (at least, to hear her tell it), is here to set the record straight. See, it turns out adventuring isn’t easy, and true heroism is as rare as an articulate villager. Having spent decades propagating this particular myth (which, incidentally, she wrote), she’s finally able to tell the real story—for which she just so happened to have a front-row seat.

DNF @ ~80%. My, oh my. The digressions were just way too much for me. Heloise must have a touch of ADD. What a shame because this was one of my Fast Forward Friday features! But, look, even the BLURB is enormously long and wordy.

My overall feeling:

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Do you abandon books if you think you wouldn’t like the author as a person?

I ran into an unusual problem yesterday. I started a nonfiction book that I’d been considering reading as part of a sequence of books, and while reading the sample intro chapters from the book, I realized I really hated the author’s attitude.

The premise was that he wanted to take his family on a trip to France, but didn’t have quite enough money. The solution was to allow others to choose what he would have to do while there if they donated to the trip, and he would then write a book about the experiences. The response was great; people donated plenty of money, came up with an amazing range of ideas, and generally his goal had been accomplished!

And yet. The author at one point noted that someone had generously donated A THOUSAND DOLLARS for him to do this. That’s amazing. The author’s response?

“I hate this person.”

Seriously? Dude — someone just gave you a thousand dollars to go to France. What the hell are you complaining about? This was the moment I was totally turned off. The attitude shown here was astonishingly ungrateful.

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The smallest reason to abandon a book

Awwwww, man. Isn’t it just the worst when you had such high expectations for a book, you finally get a copy, you crack that sucker open, and are immediately…. tepid? It’s not something that happens often for me (luckily) but this latest is a disappointment. 😦

It’s an issue I’m having with How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow. From the start, I was not that interested in the MC, Tiger. She starts the story by saying she screams as loud as she possibly can to wake her mother up. WTF? Clearly they have a difficult life and there are some love/hate aspects to this relationship, but that felt like an unnecessary escalation. It didn’t really get better for me after that, and I feel like the sympathy I should feel for Tiger is sorely missing. At best, it’s in a detached way.

Bad habits

But, if I’m honest, there is exactly one reason that this will probably end up on my “attempted” shelf shortly.

I cannot stand the constant references to things she learned in books.

Tiger has this habit of not using a word naturally, but of pointing out that she learned it from a book. Or she will describe something and then add in “as my book from Lit class would say…” and add a fairly standard description. Reading this, I’ve realized how extraordinarily annoying and obnoxious this would be in a real person. If you know the word, just use it. You don’t have to preface it by saying “I learned this from a book!” and especially not every time.

So far I’m on page 93, and there have been at least 5 moments like this. The first two were awkward, the third is where I started to feel wary, the fourth was annoying, and the fifth made me actually groan and put the book down.

The smallest biggest issues

Honestly I’m not sure why this one small thing feels so intolerable to me, but alas, it has pretty much ruined any desire I had to read this book. And since I just bought a whole bunch of books this weekend, I’m certainly not going to waste my time forcing myself to!

Is it just me, or do you think this character habit would annoy you, too? What’s the smallest reason you’ve abandoned a book before?