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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

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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