I think I had a reading crisis yesterday. Or maybe it was a realistic thinking that got me to the decision that it’s about time to give up one few of the books I’ve been “reading” forever. Maybe I have enough of pretending, or maybe I hope that saying “enough” will give me a kick start to read some more interesting books because this month was a very un-bookish. True, I had plenty or things to do including 2 parties to prepare, some post-renovation cleanup, etc etc.
Anyway, here are some books I’m currently putting on the dreadful DNF shelf. They aren’t bad books, if they were I would’ve given up on them a long time ago, but it seems we just don’t get along very well.
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
started reading: 19-02-2013
pages: 297 (which is funny because I remember it being a 700+ page book)
How did I get it? From Amazon after checking out some Goodreads giveaway and being contacted by the author.
Thoughts: I’ve read a sample and some extra pages after buying the book, but somehow I put it down and never picked up again. I remember I really liked the main characters and I wanted to know how will the story progress.
It looks like the series is quite popular, so maybe one of you will give me a good enough reason to pick it up again? Or maybe a review you could link up?
Tir Na N’Og by Marni L.B. Troop
started reading: 07-12-2013
How did I get it? It was a kindle freebie
Thoughts: Again it’s an unexpected breakup. I liked the story, the magic, the setting. Maybe It was the romance that I didn’t care about? Or maybe I simply couldn’t get into the book because of writer’s style? It was rather well written, but it lacked excitement.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
started reading: 05-08-2015
How did I get it? A free audiobook from SYNC
Thoughts: I have some unexplained issues with Stephenson’s writing style. His stories are good, adventurous. The ideas are creative and wonderful. But the writing style… it just kills my enthusiasm. The funny thing is – it was an audiobook! I didn’t even have to read it, just listen. But it made me sleepy just like Dracula, Secret Island, even Time machine.
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
started reading: 05-08-2015
How did I get it? It was a part of audiobook bundle from Humble Bundle
Thoughts: I think I just picked up this book at the wrong time. It might be a good story, well written and exciting but it didn’t catch my attention.
Is it good? Should I pick it up again?
When the Siren Calls by Tom Barry
started reading: 31-06-2013
How did I get it? Yet another unfortunate Amazon story I bought. Well, look at the cover!
Thoughts: I think I was expecting something else from this book. It looks like it completely fell out of my genre and never got back to it. I think I wanted something magical with a bit of romance, what I got was an erotic story about a horny man and a broken woman… not my kind of reads.
Funny things are the ratings of this book on Goodreads – spread out almost equally from 2 to 5 stars, but with plenty 1-star reviews too.
I think I’ll stop now. I have few more books that went straight to the evil shelf, but I think I’ll leave them for some other time.
Have you read any of these books?
What were your thoughts? Maybe you have a review to share?
Should I give some of them one last chance?