Saturday, 3 August 2013
15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 4 - What's the last book you flung across the room?
I stumbled across the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge hosted by April from Good Books Good Wine and it looks like so much fun that I have to take part. You can find out all about the challenge and how to join in HERE. Obviously the idea of the challenge is to take part 15 days in a row but I don't have enough time for that and since April is so relaxed over the rules I've decided dedicate one day a week to the challenge.
The Day 4 topic is: What's the last book you flung across the room?
I'm quite stubborn when it comes to finishing books, I hate not knowing how a story finishes so I have always tended to hang on until the bitter end even with books I wasn't enjoying that much. I have become more picky since I started blogging though, with the sheer number of books that I desperately want to read I've come to realise there is no point wasting time on something I don't like.
The percentage of books I DNF is still very small though, only 29 books out of over 1,000 I've read in the last 3.5 years! I don't usually mention the books I don't finish on my blog, I just don't think it's fair to the author to review a book that I didn't finish reading - who knows the part I didn't finish could have been amazing! - but I do include everything I read on Goodreads. I have a "Did Not Finish" shelf where I try to write at least a brief paragraph about why a book didn't work for me so that other people can make an informed decision about whether they'd have the same problem or not.
Since I signed up to this challenge and the question is about books I've flung (or wanted to fling in my case - I couldn't bring myself to throw a book no matter how much I hate it LOL) across the room here is a peek at my DNF shelf.
A lot of these books are incredibly popular but for some reason I failed to gel with each of them. I would never tell anyone not to try reading a book though - no book is ever going to be loved by everyone, it's just a case of finding it's right audience.
Have you read any of the books on my DNF shelf? What did you think of them? Do you find you give up on books quite quickly or do you always force yourself to finish them? Which books are on your DNF list?