June 5: Top Ten Books I Decided To DNF/Put Down Recently
I’m not one to say I’ll never read a book, but lately I have been feeling disconnected with reading in general and have cast away many books. I’ve been flitting in and out of upwards of twenty books for years, and it’s definitely hampered my ability to just focus on and enjoy a really great read. You never know, I might well pick up and finish some of these one day, but that day is not today.
1. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
I was really looking forward to reading this Disney retelling featuring the children of the villains as the protagonists, but I found it disappointingly juvenile and strangely slow-paced.
2. No Holding Back by Amanda Holden
As a big fan of Amanda Holden I was initially invested in her autobiography whilst on holiday, but then I put it down and never picked it up again. I’m sure I’ll finish it one day, as I’m especially interested in her time in South Africa.
3. The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson
I’m certainly not Clarkson’s biggest fan, but he does make the occasional good point and backs it up with evidence. His columns are sometimes amusing, but I got bored of his writing style.
4. How To Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
This was one of my biggest bookish disappointments in recent years: I love the movie based on this book, but the inspiration for the film is so dull and dry.
5. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
The beginning of this YA novel had me completely hooked; a girl with psychological problems is locked up in a mental hospital, but then it became a cliche fantasy story.
6. Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
At first I was totally drawn in by this mysterious book, but sadly it became dull and repetitive, and not at all scary.
7. Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody by Michael Garber
I first read this when I was just a kid after reading Harry Potter, and I thought it was quite funny, but my attempt at a re-read failed abysmally. It is honestly the biggest rip-off in history and not at all amusing.
8. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train was one of my favourite thrillers, but Paula Hawkins second novel didn’t grip me from the beginning like her first. Perhaps I wasn’t really in the mood for a thriller and I’ll give it another go one day?
9. No Middle Name by Lee Child
This is a collection of Jack Reacher short stories released in a bind-up for the first time; I read the first one and enjoyed it, but I’m somewhat worried about spoilers, so I think I’ll continue with the series before reading this anthology.
10. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Years ago I began reading this psychological book, and I was really enjoying it, but it’s something that requires intense concentration, and I just don’t have that to dedicate to a book right now. One day I will further my learning on this matter.
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