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I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the week! Today, I am going to list my recent DNFs and why they didn’t work for me. In the past few months, it has been difficult to find a book that captivates me. Books I thought I would enjoy had to be kept aside because I just haven’t been in the right mindset.
Now, although I am quick to abandon books that don’t work for me, I don’t like talking much about them because I believe in second chances. For books, at the very least! So, I have hope for some of the books I’ve listed!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The Mermaid The Witch and The Sea by Maggie Tokuda Hall
I really wanted to enjoy this especially because of its critique of colonialism and class inequality. Sadly, I couldn’t get past the writing as I found it to be choppy. This, in turn, made the romance feel forced. I had to eventually put down the book but I am definitely interested in trying Maggie’s future releases.
Ruthless by Jacqueline Pawl
While I really enjoyed the books I’ve read in Pawl’s assassin series, in retrospect, I find that the plot had some problematic issues. Though I haven’t changed my ratings on Goodreads, I’ve been chewing on this series, going back and forth between reading the next book or dropping it completely. Its narrative on elf slavery fell very flat for me especially when a community of elves try to fight back or as the blurb says, “the Cirisians will stop at nothing to make the humans pay for the mistreatment of their ancestors,” I didn’t like how it ended with the Cirisians losing the war and nothing being done to alleviate the slavery of the elves. Maybe I’ll need to read the next book?
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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
I’m not the one to accurately review this and this is in no way an own voices review. I had to DNF Black Leopard, Red Wolf in spite of it being one of my most anticipated reads. I, honestly, could have pushed through the writing style but the sex references especially were too much for me. Maybe, I’ll give it another try in the future but that’s a hard maybe.
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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
When I picked up Magical Thinking, I had done so hoping it would help me get through my grief but the writing hit too close to home. So I had to set it aside and plan on picking it up when I feel a bit better.
🌺 Which books have you recently DNFed?
🌺 What makes you DNF a book?
🌺 Do you believe in giving books a second chance?
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