Hi, beautifuls! This isn’t like my other posts because in this one, I’m going to talk a little bit about the books I did not finish.
As a reader, I always believed in giving books a chance. Once, I even left a book on hold for three months but went back and finished it! This however cannot pass in current day Mariam.
Due to great advice from my friend Cam about electronic ARCs, I have decided to unfortunately DNF a couple of books that I just simply could not read. Here’s how it works: you read three chapters. Is it good? Continue. Is it not? Just send the publisher a note and DNF it. I am trying not to feel guilty about this but I can’t force something on myself. To clear my conscience, I am going to try and address each… as far as I’ve read that is. Although I am making this post to explain, none of these books offended or hurt me, I just couldn’t get into them.
To start with: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller.
I was beyond the moon happy to hear about a genderfluid main character in a fantasy setting! I was even more thrilled when I got the electronic arc! All this came crashing down when I just simply could not finish the book. I started it mid July, I believe, and I simply could not get through the plot. I was often confused at what was happening. As many have read, Sal, the main character, is one of the only survivors of their own… country… town… I don’t know. Not to dig at Miller, but the world building didn’t make sense and I felt quite stupid reading the description and not managing to get anything in my head. I thought it was just me but some of my friends also had this problem. The characters also didn’t appeal to me, not because they were awful, but because I couldn’t get attached to any of them. Besides Sal, we know only two other people by name, the rest are either referred to by numbers (those are other auditioners for the role of Opal) or were the queens’ right hand assassins. The assassins seemed nice but I honestly could not differentiate between their characters. Sal themself was not clear to me since I could not understand their backstory very well. I cannot comment on the genderfluid aspect of it, they seemed to be well-received by people when they mentioned their preferred way of being referred to, pronouns wise. Everyone was civil about that, thank god. However, I just could not get into the book. Maybe one day after it’s published, I’ll pick it up again and it’ll be the best thing I’ve ever read. But for now: I’ll mark it down as DNF.
For a great review: click here
Second is: More Than This by Patrick Ness
This book saddens me even more since I actually bought a physical copy (everything else was an earc) because someone on my TL loves it so much… but I just could not get into it. I read a good 100 pages but I just couldn’t like anything. It was very mysterious and I even forgot the main character’s name… and he was the only one around. This says a lot about how much I couldn’t get into the book.
Third is: House of Fate by Barbara Ann Wright
I started this on a good nice cheerful morning and I quite liked how much I was reading… until it got very Sci-fi focused and my mind just blurred and my eyes got really tired. I have nothing against Sci-fi except that it isn’t for me. I admit I requested the book on Netgalley knowing it was SFF but that’s my fault. As far as I read, it had a nice array of characters who I’d love to know more about. Just not now. Not during a month where I’m stressed out about reading.
Fourth is: Broken Mirror by Cody Sisco
This one is tricky since I only requested it because it was shelved as LGBT+ on Netgalley. I read some reviews that kind of discouraged me about it and I found out it’s very dystopian. Again, my own fault for not properly researching something before I request it. I can’t tell you much about it because I didn’t read any of it.
Last is: Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan
I was quite excited for this one because it had asexual rep but last night, I was checking Goodreads and I saw one of my friends’ review of this book. I just can’t see myself reading this as I’m not prepared to weave my way through a book that could possibly harm me. If you need to read a better review, click here.
I promise you all that I’m not going to make a habit of not finishing books but I seriously have so little concentration span and reading through books I’ve got no interest in isn’t something I’m excited about at all. I hope some of you are interested in these. I’ve linked to the Goodreads page of each other. Just click the title! Little disclaimer: These arcs were available for download on Netgalley.
Do you DNF books? If yes, what are some reasons you DNF books?
If you request books on netgalley, have you ever requested something then changed your mind about it after getting approved?