I can’t speak for everyone when I say this, but I absolutely hate when I’m unable to finish a book. I’m not sure if it’s the wasted time or the boredom or the grammatical errors that tick me off more, but either way I hate getting halfway through a book only to not finish it. So far this year I DNF’d three books.
K. Webster’s The Whispers and the Roars
Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Jane Harper’s Force of Nature
The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a phenomenal read and Neil Gaiman was a new-to-me author. I simply realized while reading that his books just might not be for me. I closed the book with about 60 pages left and recommended it to everyone that I knew enjoyed that specific genre.
Jane Harper’s The Dry was in my Top Reads of 2017, so after turning the final page and learning that Force of Nature, the second book in the series, would be released the following year. I instantly put in a request at my local library and waited for the email that it had arrived and was ready for me to pick up! I dove in expecting the same amazing storytelling that I experienced while reading The Dry, but that wasn’t the case. I began dreading turning the page, because nothing was happening. I reached 100 pages when I realize that story hadn’t progressed at all. I mean, aside for some expected cat fights between the colleagues, nothing was happening! Then I reached page 200 and decided enough was enough and that I would stop torturing myself and begin a new book. What was surprising was Force of Nature wasn’t bad, it simply didn’t live up to expectations I had set in my mind after reading Jane Harper’s debut.
I’m sitting Indian-style while watching the cursor blink, thinking about how to describe my feelings toward K.Webster’s The Whispers and the Roars.
I’ll allow the GIF to speak for me, because everything I want to say is very negative and not at all polite.
Fingers crossed my DNF pile remains this small for 2018.
Happy Reading, everyone!