Sunday, May 11, 2014

DNF books thus far - 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014 with 11 comments
This past week I've been away, totally off the grid. So I figured I would do a different kind of post this Sunday instead of STS. Since I have no idea what I've gotten this week review wise and I won't be one-clicking out in the middle of the ocean.

DNF'ing a book sucks. I hate to do it, but I'm a reader by mood and if I'm not feeling it, it's getting put down. Because I think we can all relate when we say our TBR list's are massive. Here are a few books I put down this year so far.

17333771Three girls, two guys, five secret journals.

The five most popular students at Noble High have secrets to hide; secrets they wrote down in their journals. Now one of their own exposes the private entries...

I am leaking these because I'm tired and I know you are too. The success bar is too high and pretending has become the only way to reach it. Instagrams are filtered, Facebook profiles are embellished, photos are shopped, reality TV is scripted, body parts get upgraded like software, and even professional athletes are cheating. The things we believe in aren't real.

We are pretenders.

This book, I'll be honest, I did not get too far. I knew right from the start that it wasn't going to be for me.

19671916Love is awkward, Amelia should know.

From the moment she sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It's problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, 15, is 15.

Amelia isn't stupid. She knows it's not gonna happen. So she plays it cool around Chris—at least, as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia's crush doesn't seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?

Through a year of befuddling firsts—first love, first job, first party, and first hangover—debut author Laura Buzo shows how the things that break your heart can still crack you up.
I've heard so many wonderful things about Love and Other Perishable Items. It's originally an Aussie book I believe. Good Oil, I had requested the netgalley for our US version ages ago and finally decided to give it a try. I had trouble with it. I wasn't all that interested in what was going on. I can't really put my finger on just what it was, but I couldn't pick it back up. Maybe I'll try again someday, but for now it's been shelved.
Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1)The first in a series of four epic tales set in the depths of the ocean, where six mermaids seek to protect and save their hidden world.

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.
This one makes me sad, and I know some people liked it, but it wasn't what I expected it to be from the trailer. It came off as kind of kiddish in the beginning and all the made up words were making me crazy. If I didn't have so many review books right now, I would have pushed through it, but every page was annoying me.
18635079Find out what happens when you fall for your best friend's worst enemy in this timeless and hilarious story of a forbidden first love and forever friendship.

Lucy can't wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she's been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she'd rather forget.

Mikayla's never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she's ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up...until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend's heart.

As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls' perfect summer turn into one hot mess?

Catherine Clark, the author of beach-read favorites Maine Squeeze and Love and Other Things I'm Bad At, has once again crafted a hilarious and spot-on portrayal of what it's really like to be a teenager. Readers will love this irreverent coming-of-age story…and will be breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next.
The character Lucy.. I didn't like her, she was so immature. The story in itself seemed so unrealistic too. I love young adult, but this girl was so childish I rolled my eyes through the whole 25 % I read.
17684323Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples.

After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she'll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.

No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy

This one I think was strictly just a "Not in the Mood" type of book. I just wasn't in the mood for this story. I plan on trying it again at a later time. What I did read was cute, but it just wasn't keeping my interest.

So there you have it, my current DNF List and I'm ashamed to say this list will probably grow through out the year. And I'm not saying these book aren't good. But they just weren't good enough for me.


  1. I've DNF'ed about...mmm....2 books this year? I really couldn't get into Water For Elephants, though I feel like a lot of that is MY fault. I just wasn't in the head-space. And for the life of me I can't remember the other. >.< Maybe it WAS only one then? Haha! I hate DNF'ing. It makes me feel like a big ol' meanie. BUT, if I persevere and finish the book, I often give it a really negative review because I stuck out and need to vent. Soo...not sure which is better. ;)

  2. Hate when that happens! I hope the rest of the year is full of reads you just can't put down :)

  3. I kind of like when you DNF a book because our tastes are so similar that if you didn't get into a book, I know I probably won't either. :( Two of those up there were review books that I put at the bottom of the "pile" because of you. For some reason, though, I still really want to read Love and Other Perishable Items.

  4. I'm reading How To Meet Boys now, and I get exactly what you say about it being childish -- like, it is a fast read and I don't hate it, however, the book skews really young. Both girls are 17 but they feel 14 to me in how they act and their maturity.

  5. I've DNF'd three since the beginning of the year and each time I felt bad. I did go back and finish two of them, but the third is recent so I'll wait a bit. I read to at least 50%, but if it has me worked up about an issue or bored b/c I'm not in the mood then I set it aside. I don't have any of those you put aside on my lists so that's good. Hopefully, you'll like a few when you get in a different mood.

  6. Yep, totally with you on this. Life is too short to persevere with a book that doesn't grab you ... especially when there are so many other wonderful ones out there to discover.

  7. I have not DNF'ed anything this year yet, but I've also made a New Year's resolution to try not to. I read Good Oil a couple of years ago, and I hated it. So I can see why you wouldn't have a good time reading it.

    Good luck with your next reads!

  8. I don't do DNF because I'll literally spend hours on goodreads just looking for books that I'm in the mood for...I always know what I'm in the mood for when I find it...if a book doesn't sound interesting to me in a moment, I just won't read it until I am in the mood. I've gotten very good at knowing when to read what which helps because then I don't DNF!!


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