2020 Reading Stats

Hi, everyone.

It’s been a while. I tend to say it in every post, but it really HAS been a while. The last months of the year have been a big struggle in every aspect of life, though I’m sure I’m not the only person who experienced that, and I got way too overwhelmed to read and post.

This might not be a post for everyone. We’ll be looking at all my reading stats from last year. At the end of 2019 I also posted all my favourites, least favourites, most surprising and disappointing books, but since we’re already 11 days into the new year, I will include some of the info here instead of posting separately.

Okay, let’s get to it!

In 2020 I’ve read… 92 books. It’s the most I’ve read in a single year probably ever. I’ve been a reader most of my life, but I’ve also been a library user until I got a job and was able to afford books – so, my choices were fewer.

Here’s a look at the stats in my bullet journal.

The total number of pages I read is 35 692! That includes the 7 DNFs from the year, most of which I gave until around 40% in before I put them down.

I have read 27 physical books, 30 audio books and 35 ebooks. Out of those 35 ebooks 12 were ARCs. I also DNFed 2 ARCs and read 2 physical review copies. My reading slowed down in October, as you can see, and the only thing that saved me were audio books. Anyone who says audio books don’t count as reading… you’re wrong!

My most read genre was unsurprisingly fantasy. It accounted for 47% of all the books I read. Other genres I read multiple books of were sci-fi, contemporary, mystery and horror. I even managed 3 non-fiction, which is usually not my genre of choice. A discovery I made this year that surprised me is that I like horror books. I am not a horror movie fan, but the few books I read in the genre I really enjoyed!

As for star ratings – my overall rating for the year is 3.78 stars, which is quite high in my opinion. Although the numbers don’t reflect this I feel like from September onwards I wasn’t reading many books I really enjoyed, and it’s probably because I felt very slumpish and unmotivated. In reality, all my favourite, least favourite, most surprising and disappointing books were mixed evenly throughout the year.

Favourites

Least Favourite

Most Surprising

Most Disappointing

Now, that last one definitely has some controversial titles.

To wrap it all up before I head away – I’ve had a really good year number wise, fairly good year rating wise, although quite a disappointing one when it comes to some big books I was very excited to read. Here’s to doing better in 2021!

How many books have you read in 2020? Did you have a good reading year? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

Highest rated books I’ve read

Hi! Happy Easter.

I’ve seen people a few people talk about the highest rated books on Goodreads that they’ve read, so I decided to do my own post about it. Ground rules before I get into it – if the same series pops up in the top 10, I’ll only count one book from it, as it can get pretty repetitive. Okay, let’s go.

My top 10 highest rated books on Goodreads:

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Number one on the list, with a star rating of 4.79 is the first book in the Stormlight Archive series (though, part 2 of it) by Brandon Sanderson. Am I surprised? Not really. Actually, the whole top 5 is various books from that series, which is INSANE but also understandable. As you probably already know, I love Sanderson and his writing, and so I think this is a well deserved first spot.

My rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

In second place, with a 4.6 star rating, we have Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. The Six of Crows duology is one of my absolute favourites, it has everything I love in fantasy and I’m not at all surprised it’s rated so high. It’s such a beloved series.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess, the final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, ranks at number 3 with a 4.58 star rating. I can honestly say The Infernal Devices is Clare’s best series (I thought maybe The Dark Artifices would beat it, but Queen of Air and Darkness ruined EVERYTHING) and I remember absolutely loving all the books in it. Though I’m not too clear on the details, I’m pretty sure I cried my eyes out reading this one.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

I don’t think anyone is surprised that there’s a Harry Potter book on this list. Half-Blood Prince comes in at number 4 with a 4.57 star rating. Coincidentally, I think it’s actually my favourite Harry Potter book – it gives so much insight into the magical world and Voldemort’s life, while still keeping the school setting, which I adore. Not at all surprised it’s been rated this high.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Number five belongs to Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – rated 4.56 stars. I’ve had some issues with the pacing of this one, and found it hard to get into the story at the very beginning. I also skipped over the smutty bits and I stopped reading the footnotes altogether. Nevernight is a well known and loved fantasy series and I get why, as it’s really well crafted. Some things in it work for me more than others, but overall I did enjoy this book.

My rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Maus by Art Spiegelman

At number six and 4.55 star rating is Maus, a graphic novel. I read it back in 2015 and I didn’t love it as much as other people did. Maybe it was the mix of the format, the fact it is nonfiction and historical as well (though I used to enjoy historical books back then), but it just didn’t work for me.

My rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Number seven shouldn’t surprise anyone. I read The Name of the Wind this year and really enjoyed it. It’s one of those books everyone loves, so I’m not surprised it’s rated 4.54 stars. It’s not quite my favourite fantasy, but it’s a great book and I think it deserves the spot on the list.

My rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I couldn’t be more excited this series made it onto the list! Obsidio ranked at number eight, with a star rating of 4.54, but in my heart it deserves a whole universe of stars. The Illuminae Files is one of my favourite series in the world. Thinking about it now… I might reread it soon.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The only contemporary on this list lands at number nine with a 4.51 star rating. I think it’s one of those books everyone should read. It explores a lot of important subjects and is a very poignant story. I loved it and I’m glad many people did, too.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Last, but not least, we have Lord of Shadows. Cassandra Clare managed to land another book on the list. It has a rating of 4.5 stars and I agree wholeheartedly. I loved this book, hence why I mentioned I thought this series had the potential to be better than the Infernal Devices. Clare’s writing improved in this one so much, the story was so complex and the ending killed me. Sadly, what followed was just a steaming pile of garbage.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As you can see, this list is 80% fantasy. It really reflects on my reading habits. It turns out I’ve mostly popular opinions on popular books.

I won’t ask if you’ve read any of these, because chances are you have, but do you agree with the ratings? Or did you rate these books lower? Let me know down below.

Thanks for reading.

How I rate books – A Discussion

Hey, lovelies! I’m back to talk about my rating system and discuss how I come up with the ratings I give. I’ve been struggling recently with rating some books, especially those in the 4/5 star bracket, so I decided to rethink my whole system and I came up with one conclusion only – I started being ruthlessly strict and it’s damn hard to impress me.

Let’s start with 1 star and work our way up, shall we? (oh my god, I just discovered the possibility of marking a half star on the little rating below and I’m freaking out!)

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I give those out very rarely. The book needs to be painfully bad, but have something in it to fuel my anger, so I actually finish it, and not chuck it into my slowly growing DNF pile – at least in the recent years. I love ranting, and 1 star rating is reserved for books that made me rant an ungodly amount. Currently I have 5 books on my Goodreads which I rated 1 star, and some of them are more of a 1.5 star.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Eragon and Throne of Glass belong in this category – books I thought were terrible and atrocious but had 1 tiny thing that had a potential to be good. I honestly don’t remember what it was for Eragon, as I have vague and bad memories when it comes to that book, but Throne of Glass had and ending that wouldn’t be half bad if the whole book before that didn’t suck, so I raised the rating a bit. I don’t know if you see the point I’m trying to make, so let’s just move on.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This category is much more populated. A 2 star book is a book that I liked the plot of, or the characters, and on the whole it could be a good story, but every other aspect fell a bit flat. It could also be the fact that it was an absolute snoozefest, even though the world building was quite good and the characters didn’t annoy the shit out of me. 2 star books don’t usually make me rage (with the exception of Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare), but if you asked me if I enjoyed them I would most definitely say no.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

2.5 stars books are very nearly passable, yet they’re not. They have a potential and it’s quite sizable, but they don’t quite reach it. In case of those books, there’s more than one thing I like about them but those aren’t enough for me to say I enjoyed the book. 2.5 stars are the most disappointing books, they’re the ones I COULD like, if done a bit differently.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

We have reached the “middle of the road” rating. Books I rate 3 stars are those I like just fine, but they have nothing that sets them apart. They’re not bad, but also not great and the most eloquent word I can think of to describe them right now is “meh” (I have a great vocabulary, y’all). If the first book in a series is a 3 star book, I will give other books a try, if I ever come across them. I also pull a lot of recommendations from this little section – more often than not, the books in this category have an element that doesn’t work for me but might work for others.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

3.5 star books are ones I genuinely like and that are slightly above average. They’re not quite great, but the good outweigh the bad, big time. A lot of these are books I fly through, but have no profound thoughts about after finishing them. They’re the hardest to review, because they’re ones I enjoy but not have much to say about – they don’t have elements I can give constructive criticism on, as they’re just enjoyable and fun.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I rate A LOT of books 4 stars. They’re books I really like, the ones I praise quite often. They have minor things that make the reading experience lack a certain something, it might be a pacing issue, or one character that is a pain to read from or about; or it can be the writing. Whatever it is, those books sit super close to my favouite books of all time and I rave about them a lot.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Similarly to the 4 star books, 4.5 star books are ones I really, really, REALLY like. Some I even love and make it to my favourites list. They’re smart and they keep me invested to the very last page. I get attached to the characters so much, I might briefly mistake them for real people (yes, I’m THAT person). Why aren’t they 5 star, so? That’s the catch! Compared to books I would literally carve my heart out for, they don’t quite get there. It’s not due to anything specific anymore – it’s not the writing, it’s not the characters, it’s not the plot – it’s more of a feeling.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

5 star reads are my absolute favourite. They are perfection. They are the most precious things ever. They’re the books that make me speechless when I turn the last page. Worlds I love with all my heart. Characters that feel like family. There’s nothing more to say here.

That is all I have for you today. How do you rate your books? Do you use the 5 star rating system, or maybe something different? Let me know down in the comments, I’d love to know.

Until the next time!

Best Books of 2019

Hi! We’ve finally reached the last wrap up post of my 2019 reading year and it’s the best one. My favourite books of 2019! I’m excited for this one. I feel like I’ve had a poor year rating wise – I didn’t read as many books as I usually do that I absolutely LOVED, but there’s been a good few that deserve the mention. Let’s get into them.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

She’s done it again! Many might’ve not believed she could, I mean, it’s hard to imagine a book blowing up more than THUG, but On The Come Up is just as powerful, meaningful, important novel. I loved the family dynamic in this one, I loved Bri as a main character, I basically loved everything about this book. Angie Thomas is definitely one of those authors I’ll read everything from, no matter what she comes out with next.

Full review here.

The Dire King by William Ritter

This was truly a stellar ending to a great series. If you haven’t read Jackaby yet and you enjoy fun, paranormal mysteries (that’s overly specific – I realise) you should definitely pick it up. It’s basically Sherlock Holmes with paranormal creatures. I won’t say much more, because it is the conclusion to the series, but the last page killed me.

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

Another continuation to the series on the list (you can see I tried to focus on finishing series I’ve started in the last couple of years in 2019), another book I can’t discuss without spoiling the plot. While I enjoyed the previous two, this one blew me away. The pacing really picked up, the characters got more fleshed out. There was so much at stake! I was floored by the ending and quite frankly I need more (don’t ask me why I still haven’t read the last book, then… I’m going to get to it. I will.)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I know people have mixed feelings about this one, but honestly I loved it so, so much, it’s hard to describe. It was dark and atmospheric, the writing was glorious. I enjoyed the mystery, I enjoyed the world building, I enjoyed Alex as the main character. It was a badass book, and I want more. Leigh Bardugo is a queen, and she’s proven it once again.

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

UNDOUBTEDLY my favourite book of the year. I laughed, I cried, I bit my nails, I was stressed reading it. It’s 600 pages of pure greatness. If you liked Ace of Shades, you will love this. If you haven’t read Ace of Shades… what are you still doing here? Go and read it. Thank me later. It’s a really fresh series with a crazy interesting world building, casions, crime lords… The characters are great and loveable, yet very morally grey, you root for them, you get attached to them, you want them to succeed. I loved every second of it.

And that is it. All of my favourite books of the year. I would like to give an honour mention to One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence which almost made onto the list.

I’ll be back soon with more posts. I’m dying with a cold, so if any of what I wrote above doesn’t make sense, you know what to blame it on.

Thanks for reading!

Most Surprising Books of 2019

Hi! It’s been a while. Sorry, I was on holidays and even though I planned to draft and schedule posts to go up while I was away, that hasn’t happened. I know it’s a bit late for the 2019 wrap up posts, but bear with me.

Today’s list is my most surprising books of 2019, books that for some reason exceeded my expectations. In no particular order, here they are.

Scythe by Neal Schusterman

This book has been so hyped since it came out and so not to my taste (being a dystopian novel), I avoided it like the plague. I honestly don’t know why I gave in in the end and picked it up but I’m definitely glad I did. I loved the main characters and how different they were. I really enjoyed how morally ambiguous the scythdom, their rules and methods are. It was a really interesting read and a series I would love to continue with this year.

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

I didn’t have great expectations starting this one. I didn’t see many people talk about this one, some reviews on Goodreads really made me feel like I might not enjoy it. I gave it a go because it was Halloween and I wanted a witchy, spooky story. Also, it’s by an Irish author and I would like to read more locally, so it was an easy choice. The book was honestly everything I wanted at the time. Extremely atmospheric and somehow familiar, with a very “spoken Irish” writing style. I wish it was a series, because I would love to read more about the characters, and it’s what made me dock a half star. Overall, as you already know, because it’s the sole reason for this post – it was a really delightful surprise.

IT by Stephen King

IT was my first Stephen King book and I’ve heard such mixed reviews on the story and the writing, and to be perfectly honest, Stephen King himself (by the way, what do you think about this current shitstorm feat. King tweeting about diversity?), I didn’t know what to expect. I loved the movies and that’s mostly the reason why I picked up the book and oh, boy, was it good? I skipped the infamous scene at the end of the book (if you know, you know), as by then I was enjoying it SO MUCH I didn’t want my experience ruined. It was creepy, funny, vulgar and even heartwarming at times. I don’t know what I expected going into it, but IT exceeded any expectations I could’ve had.

The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve been part of the tour for this book, my first one ever, and I agreed to it without expecting too much. I mean, the book has been out for a long time and it didn’t explode the Internet. I know there are hidden gems out there and the popularity of the book should not reflect on how good/bad it is, but it definitely sets some sort of expectations. I won’t go into details here, because I have a full review on here somewhere (link, if you wanna read it), but it really took me by surprise how much I ended up enjoying it. It’s a fun, fast paced MG novel with a quirky setting. I wouldn’t have picked it up on my own so I’m really glad I got to read it through the tour I took part in.

Lumberjanes Vol.1 by Noelle Stevenson

I’m not big on graphic novels and I haven’t read many of them. But I got a free trial of Kindle Unlimited and it had that and a couple of other graphic novels on it for free, so I decided to try them out for myself. I loved Lumberjanes. I loved every single character. I loved their dynamic. I loved the humour in it. Everything about it was perfect and I’m definitely gonna continue with it when I get a chance. It’s a great palate cleanser in between longer books, I think.

And that would be it for my most surprising books of 2019. Have you read any of these?

I will be back tomorrow with my Best Books of 2019 post, so keep an eye out for that, if you’re interested. Thanks for reading.

Goodreads Awards – Just a popularity contest? – A Discussion

Hi! I’m back with another discussion post, although I’m a couple days late. So, let’s talk Goodreads Awards!

Before I get into the topic of the awards, I want to explain my relationship with Goodreads in general. I use the website and the app to track my reading and write reviews. I think in concept it’s a great way of finding out what your friends/people you follow are reading and get recommendations, know what’s popular nowadays and what’s coming out when. In practice, the website and app suck, but there is no alternative I know of being used on the same scale – so I roll with it.

Now – I think the awards are a great idea in concept, too. I love when my favourite books are recognised, and although there’s no price, I think authors feel very appreciated when they win the award. I think the rules should be stricter, though, as most of the times it’s not the best book, but the most popular book of the year winning.

I know I’m not the first person saying it, nor will I be the last, but in my opinion Goodreads Awards are just a popularity contest and it is painfully visible in the numbers. Take, for example, this year’s Fantasy winner – Ninth House. Don’t get me wrong – I’m over the moon Ninth House won, as it was my pick for the category, but when you look at the numbers, something just doesn’t add up… Over 53 thousand people voted for it, while only 22 thousand people rated it on Goodreads. That’s a huge difference in numbers and, quite frankly, it’s not very fair.

That being said… does it really matter? There is no prize for winning and it’s not a prestigious award. Having the book on your “read” shelf is not a requirement while voting (but if it was, people would find a way around it, anyway, and add the book as read for the duration of the competition, even if they haven’t read it), nominees have to have an above 3.5 average rating (which is quite low for “the best books of the year”) there are no real rules to it, and though, yes, people get angry when they think a book that should’ve won – didn’t, but the anger is short lived.

I’ve stopped taking the awards seriously a long time ago.

As for this year’s awards – only 2 of my picks ended up winning. I have voted for Ninth House and Daisy Jones and the Six. I’ve only voted in 6 categories (Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-fi, YA Fantasy, YA Fiction and Debut Novel), as I haven’t read any or any books deserving my votes in the remaining categories, though I know I also voted in MG, but apparently my vote didn’t cast.

What do you think about Goodreads Awards? Do you vote in them? Do you like them? Please share your thoughts down below.

I’ll be posting all about my favourite (and least favourite) books of the year in the next week or so!

Favourite Book Tropes – A Discussion

Hey! It’s been a while.

I’m back today with a follow up to my second most recent post of my least favourite tropes in books. I thought it’s time to be a bit more positive, so here are some of my favourite tropes ever. Enjoy! (Again, these are in no particular order).

  • The Chosen One

I know this trope has been done to death, but I’m just not over it yet. It works great in Middle Grade and YA adventure stories. It’s not very realistic, I’ll admit that, but it’s so entertaining and makes for a great story. It adds drama, it adds uncertainty. There’s always a sense of urgency when one person needs to save the world from evil. Love that shit.

  • Anti-hero

As much as I love the Chosen One trope, with the perfect hero who’s gonna save the world, I also love me some anti-heroes. Gimme a morally grey character, someone who doesn’t do the right thing, who’s selfish or has ulterior motives and I’ll eat it up. The Villains series by V.E. Schwab does it really well – pick it up if you haven’t (there’s superpowers involved, you WANT to read it).

  • A makeshift family

I love, love this trope! It’s when a group of characters who are unlikely to get along have to do something together and grow to love and care about each other like they’re family. It’s a popular trope, but one I love seeing. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the PERFECT example.

  • Heists

I don’t know what it is about heists that has me literally shaking from excitement but I just love them. It’s one of my buzzwords – I see it, I pick up the book. Not all of the heists I’ve read worked for me (The Thief for example), but I don’t ever get discouraged. If the book has a heist in it – I’ll read it.

  • Kingdoms

This one is pretty broad. I love fantasy – it’s my favourite genre (as if that’s a surprise for anyone) and I LOVE fantasy worlds with kingdoms and politics and all that good stuff. Those are very common, thankfully for me. I especially love reading about Queens of any sort (something that blew up in YA a few years back). I don’t necessarily like historical fiction, but in a medieval fantasy setting (or what seems like it, with castles, royalty, court politics, intrigue, conflict and brewing war) it is PERFECT. I want to read them all.

And that would be all for my favourite tropes in books. Are any of those on your list? Or do you hate them?

I’ll be back soon with a monthly wrap up.

Thanks for reading!

Most hated book tropes – A Discussion

Hi! Let’s talk book tropes, shall we?

If you’re unaware what tropes are – look them up! Just kidding… A trope is a common motif, theme or a convention in a book. It can relate to the character, or plot or the world building.

I love ranting, so I decided to compile a list of all of my most hated tropes in literature (but mostly in YA). Those are in no particular order unless I state so.

  • ‘Not like other girls’

Being ‘not like other girls’ is not a personality trait. I honestly have no idea why authors still do it.

See that main character? She’s not like other girls. She doesn’t care about boys or make up. She’s smart and aloof and has no friends, because no one understands her. She’s above all the superficial.

Give.me.a.break! Individuality makes for a great trait, yes, and I want to read about those characters, but this is not the way to write them. Being like other girls is not something to be ashamed of. Let characters like what they like and be who they are. Stop this sexist bullshit – let’s learn from the past mistakes and not write another Bella Swan.

  • One-dimensional villains

This one is just being lazy. The story has a hero – so it obviously needs a villain. They are terrible, so evil and bad to the core. Why? Who the hell knows *shrug* What made them so evil? Nothing – they’re just bad, worse even, because they hate our hero. There’s no back story for why they’re the way there are, no explanation. They’re just bad, and all they do is sit around tent their fingers together and evil laugh. Thank you, next!

  • Instalove/love at first sight

I think any mention of love gets ‘I don’t like romance in general…’ from me, and everyone knows it by now… yet I was still going to type it. I’m incredibly hard to please (title of my sex tape… any Brooklyn 99 fans here?) when it comes to romance, I need something believable that feels like it could possibly happen in real life, to actually somehow enjoy it and let’s face it – instalove is not one of those. It usually means the characters aren’t developed properly, either, the whole thing lacks atmosphere and… at that point, why even write that damn book?

  • Token diversity

Any token characters are wrong and writers should just stop, but when it comes to diversity, it just boils my blood. It is better to not have ANY diverse characters (though, it’s not great), than have those painful, one dimensional stereotypes (of very regular, very REAL people, whether it’s POC, different sexualities, religions or maybe people with disabilities – all of which are crazy common in real life and hence should be in fiction) to pop up every now and then to teach the main character something, or to move the plot a bit, or just to be there for the sake of it and not have any input. It’s a cheap shot. Don’t do it.

  • Love triangles

And last but not least – my absolute most hated trope in the entire world!!! Love triangles make me want to throw the book I’m reading across the room and never ever pick it up again. I don’t care what the author’s reason is for having a love triangle – it NEVER works. Unless it’s a romance novel, it just distracts from the main plot. It’s cheap, pointless drama. It makes everyone frustrated. AND usually the only way to solve it is to kill off one of the characters or make them into a villain. Ugh, I don’t hate anything more.

Are any of these your least favourite tropes? Or, better yet, your favourite tropes? Let me know down in the comments.

I’ll talk to you all soon

DNFing Books – A Discussion

Hi! Today I thought I’d talk about DNFing books (which stands for did-not-finish, for anyone who doesn’t speak the lingo). I think it’s a polarizing subject – some people DNF books like there’s no tomorrow, others think they need to finish every book they start, to really know if they enjoyed it or not. I was part of the latter group for many years, but I’ve converted.

I used to think I couldn’t have an opinion on a book if I haven’t read it fully. Even if reading a book was a chore for me (what bookworm thinks reading is a chore?! me, apparently), I soldiered through it just to say how much I hated the book in the end. It would take me ages to read it. It would put me in the biggest reading slump ever! But I would finish it. (Yes, Ready Player One, I’m talking about you!)

I don’t take the decision to DNF books lightly. Whenever a book doesn’t sit right with me, for various reasons, I try to give it around 100 pages to prove me wrong. Sometimes it’s the writing, to which I either get used to, or not, other times I just don’t feel the story – it’s either too slow, or too confusing. Sometimes I just dislike the characters and find it hard to relate and care about them. In those cases, I give the book a try to grab me, before I lose interest. I might put it down for a while in case it’s just a right book, wrong time kind of a situation, where I’m not in the mood for that kind of story, hence why I’m struggling to read it. There are books out there I’ve tried to read many times – like All The Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – they just weren’t for my cup of tea in the end.

But! There are times where I KNOW for a fact the book is not for me, from the get go. How? I am a particular person with a particular taste – and if a book does something unforgivable, I put it down straight away. I don’t keep a list of unforgivable things, because I just know it when I read it. It might be a theme, or… and don’t get angry now, I’m not saying this to insult anyone… the fact that the book is just ridiculous and kind of dumb. I have 2 examples of those – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and Graces by Laure Eve. Maybe I’m being too harsh with those, but I couldn’t get past 5 pages! It was everything at once – the writing, the characters, the story – I couldn’t stand them. I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing, yet Shiver seems like it was written by a completely different person.

Whenever I DNF a book, I don’t rate it on Goodreads and I don’t review it. I don’t think it’s fair to do either. I am allowed to dislike books, sure, but I still think I can’t have a fully fledged opinion on a piece of writing if I haven’t read it all – there’s no need for me to bash it anywhere without constructive criticism. I do have a designated shelf for all my DNFs on Goodreads, though. Currently there are 12 books on it (like I said, I’m fairly new at the DNFing business). Apart from the ones mentioned above, I’ve also DNFed:

  • Monsters by Sharon Dogar – because I knew the gist of the story (it’s a fictionalised life of Mary Shelley kind of book), but the narration and the characters made it unbearable to read.
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – I really wanted to like it, but it kinda fell into the same category as Shiver. Plus, it was just so complicated and didn’t stand the test of time in my opinion.
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – me and Sarah J. Maas just don’t work. Also, I hate romance (most of the times at least).
  • The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – I couldn’t get over the way females were written in it. The great idea was lost in the terrible writing.
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – once again, the writing killed the story.
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner – just not my cup of tea.
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – I thought I was angsty at the time I tried to read it, but apparently not angsty enough for The Bell Jar.
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – again, not my cup of tea. Kind of boring, to be honest.

What’s your stance on DNFing books? How many books have you DNFed? Any of mine? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know your thoughts!

I will talk to you guys soon! Thanks for reading.

What I’m currently reading

I know it’s after 12, so it technically doesn’t matter, but can we please bend the rules and make this count, for Blogtober’s sake? Like I said yesterday, I have family over and it really messes up the whole schedule.

Today I wanted to talk about books I’m currently reading right now. I usually read more than one book at at time. Right now I’m reading:

IT by Stephen King

I’m reading IT on audio right now on my way in and back from work, and enjoying it immensely. It’s my first Stephen King book, and, although I’m not very far into it, I think it’s great.

Like, Follow, Kill by Carissa Ann Lynch

This one, I’m reading exclusively on ebook, because I’ve been granted an eARC. I haven’t gotten far into it, but so far it seems very interesting.

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deidre Sullivan

It’s my current physical read. I always try to have an ebook, physical and audiobook going on, to keep on reading, yet still have variety in stories and the medium by which you’re reading.