The September ‘Did Not Finish’ Pile

Encounter by Linda Dobinson


I was sent a copy of Encounter by the author for an honest review.

Encounter is a collection of (mostly free verse) poems about love, nature, and life. Unfortunately, these poems weren’t for me. I wasn’t impressed by the collection, but there were little things here and there that made me smile.

 Format: Paperback | Publisher: | ISBN: 9781326116170

Conspiracy of Angels (Shadowside #1) by Michelle Belanger


I was sent a copy of Conspiracy of Angels by the author for an honest review.

Conspiracy of Angels has a gripping blurb and I thought I was going to really enjoy it, but the book itself wasn’t as gripping as its blurb. That ‘spark’ that draws you in and keeps you glued to the page was missing.

The story itself was fast-paced with a lot of action scenes; there weren’t any stalls and I didn’t feel like the story was dragging. However, I didn’t like the main character – he was flat, and because of that, I didn’t care for him or what happened to him. Which was why I wasn’t interested in the plot despite all the action.

Since it was a review copy, I did try to go back into reading it a few times but it just kept putting me in a reading slump, that’s why I gave up after 210 pages. Conspiracy of Angels has some amazing 4+ star reviews on Goodreads (average rating is 4.06), so I’d recommend having a browse through those too, just in case this ends up being the right book for you.

Format: Paperback | Publisher: Titan Books | ISBN: 9781783297337


Why I DNF-ed Nevernight by Jay Kristoff [ARC]


Alternative cover

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?’ Goodreads

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The May ‘Did Not Finish’ Pile

I like to consider myself a realist so when there’s a book that’s not getting any better by the time I’m 15% into reading it, I am very likely to chuck it into my DNF pile. Admittedly, there are times when a book improves around halfway through but honestly, if it takes around 100-200 pages for a story to get me interested, it’s a shit effort. I don’t want to waste time waiting for a book to finally appease my tastes.

Mind you, I used to be one of those readers who would finish a book no matter what. But I was wasting time by forcing myself to read books I didn’t like, and this led to multiple slumps. Once I snapped out of this mentality, I found myself finishing far more books on average per week because I was actually enjoying it. If you find yourself hitting reading slumps frequently, it might be because you’re trying too hard to read something that isn’t right for you. Put it away and pick something else up instead.

My reading habits mean that a couple of books usually make it to my book wasteland each month, which is why I’ve decided to do monthly DNF posts with brief explanations instead of full reviews. So, here’s the books I did not finish in May.

Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood


I read around 15% and couldn’t get into this story; there wasn’t even a story at this point, and the characters were boring.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg narrated by Amy McFadden


Audiobooks like these are the reason I’m glad Audible lets you return what you didn’t like. This was such a terrible narration with no emotion or interest from the narrator!

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift narrated by David Hyde Pierce


I love Gulliver’s Travels but this narration didn’t do much for me. I couldn’t keep myself interested in listening so I never got around to finishing it.

What did you throw in your DNF pile this month?