December 27, 2017

DNF of 2017

Bookhearts, you are familiar with my 50-Page Rule. If not, click here for more info. There are too many good books to read in the world to waste time struggling through a novel. So I moved quite a few books to the DNF (Did Not Finish) pile this year. Perhaps I will revisit them at a later date if one of my trusted bookhearts recommends. Otherwise, the books below shall remain unfinished. Ah well.

  1. The 12 Slays of Christmas by Abby L. Vandiver and Various Authors - Only 17% through and found 14 errors. Nope. Hire me as your copyeditor next time.
  2. No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts - At page 39, I thought I might not make it. And I didn't. This was no recast of The Great Gatsby.
  3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan - When you're late to the series party, but should've stayed home anyway. Overhyped. 
  4. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume - Way too many points of view and characters. I so wanted to like this book!
  5. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker - Where were the twists and suspense?  
  6. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas - Five women. One commonality. Zero interest from me.
  7. X by Ilyasah Shabazz - Even the strength of being Malcolm X's daughter and the Michigan Humanities Council endorsement couldn't persuade me to finish.
  8. New People by Danzy Senna - Awkward writing as if it's a draft or outline of plot ideas.
  9. We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley - Only six pages in and annoyed by the Oh-woe-is-my-rich-ass-incomplete-life main character. No empathy from me!
  10. This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter - Serious subjects (heart transplant and suicide) but simple-minded characters.
  11. How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad - Enough already about "feeling black." Why did I even pick this book up?
  12. Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah - I was duped; this book also goes by the title Did You See Melody?
  13. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - I prefer Pekkanen alone because this collab just didn't flow.
  14. The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen - Another alternating POV.
  15. Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith - Enacted the rule at exactly page 50.
  16. Have You Met Nora? by Nicole Blades - A book about 2017. Enough said.
  17. Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan - "Be now. Then be bow." Huh? That was me the whole time.
  18. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero - One (1) sentence turned me off.
  19. The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang - So disappointing.
  20. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins - At page 52, it was already too many different points of view. But at page 98, I was over it. 
  21. A Teeny Taste of Scandal by Michael Lee West - I waited for this book to be published (originally in 2013) but it keeps getting pushed back. So I pushed it to DNF by default. 

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