Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Recent DNF’s

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is The Last Ten Books I Abandoned (this could be books you DNFed, books you decided you were no longer interested in, etc.) (submitted by Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza)

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Collateral by Ellen Hopkins

Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

The Resolutions by Mia Garcia

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Warcross by Marie Lu

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

These are the last ten books I DNF’d. I don’t DNF all that often as I’m pretty good at knowing what kinds of books I like, so some of these are from 2019. What books made your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Blogmas Day Twenty-Nine: Books I DNF’d

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Hi, lovelies! I want to talk about making the choice to put down a book and never pick it up again. I’ve been DNF’ing books left and right this year and it’s such a freeing feeling. Being able to say, “I’m done with this book. I’m not enjoying it.” and then putting it in the unhaul pile, or returning it to the library unfinished and moving on to another book I’m more excited about reading is such a great feeling. It puts less pressure on me to read books I don’t like. So, here are all the books that I chose to DNF in 2019.

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Unleashed by Diana Palmer

Henry V by William Shakespeare

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

For some reason I feel like I am forgetting some, but if I can’t remember them there’s probably a reason for that. Tell me in the comments if you DNF’d any books this year and what books they were!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Book Tag – 20 Questions

This book tag was created by Buydebook but I found it done by the wonderful Sumedha at The Wordy Habitat. Feel free to go check out their pages! We’re going to dive right into this week’s book tag.

1. How many books is too many books in a series? 

Amanda- I don’t believe that this is a thing. I’ve read the Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest. I think she just released book number sixty or sixty-one in this series. I guess it depends on the series though because there were entirely too many books in the House of Night series. I’m going to say six is a good amount and if there are more books than that you better be able to keep my interest.

Antonia- It absolutely depends on the series. The Redwall series by Brian Jacques has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. It ended with twenty-two books and I don’t think that’s too many; however, it doesn’t just follow one character. The series follows the history of the world Jacques created with very little character crossover between books. Some of them have centuries between the timelines so a lot of books works because it’s all so different. Books with other formats (like The House of Night) can start to feel redundant after only a few books.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? 

Amanda- They’re fine as long as I have the next book ready and waiting for me to read it. But if I have to wait a year or more for the next book I’m definitely going to just perish.

Antonia- I have lots of mixed feelings. On the one hand, good cliffhangers tear our hearts out and make us that much more invested with the characters and story; on the other hand, ARE YOU KIDDING ME I NEED THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW.

3. Hardcover or Paperback?

Amanda- Hardcover. They’re more solid. Longer lasting. Prettier (usually).

Antonia- Surprisingly enough, paperback. I agree, hardcovers are usually prettier but they’re harder to read, physically. I can hold a paperback with one hand, but not usually hardcovers. They also take up less space which means room for more books.

4. Favorite book?

Amanda- For a standalone, Looking for Alaska by John Green, will always be my answer. For a series, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is holding its own as number one on my list.

Antonia- Too many. My usual answers are: The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and The Witness by Nora Roberts.

5. Least favorite book?

Amanda- I haven’t posted this review yet, but I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman was an audiobook I finished recently and I almost stopped listening halfway through. I wouldn’t say that I have a book that I disliked so much that it sticks in my brain as least favorite though.

Antonia- I don’t usually think too much about books I didn’t like after the fact. The one that tends to pop into my head though is Fallen by Lauren Kate. I really didn’t like any part of this book and never finished the rest of the series.

6. Love Triangles – Yes or No?

Amanda- No. The only love triangle that doesn’t absolutely infuriate me is the one between Stephanie, Joe, and Ranger in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

Antonia- NO. NO. NO.

7. What’s the most recent book you just couldn’t finish? 

Amanda- See above question #5. I don’t often DNF books, I usually just never end up reading them.

Antonia- Tequila and Tea Bags by Laura Barnard. I couldn’t connect with the protagonist in even the tiniest way.

8. What are you currently reading?

Amanda- As I type this I am listening to Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, but I’m also in the middle of Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (an eARC I received from NetGalley) and Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira on my Kindle.

Antonia- The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. Amanda and my mom both had amazing things to say about this series.

9. What’s the last book you recommended to someone? 

Amanda- Without a doubt, one hundred percent, no hesitation I have been shouting from the rooftops about my newfound love for Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. Such a great story, I just couldn’t stop listening.

Antonia- I recommended Die For Me by Amy Plum to Amanda. It was a really interesting idea, executed very well.

10. What’s the oldest book you’ve read? 

Amanda- I had to check my booklist for this one and have determined Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling wins. But this is probably wrong, I just can’t think of any others that are almost as old as me right now.

Antonia- Ummm… I have no idea. I’ve read a lot of classics and I don’t exactly look up when they’re written. I’m going to assume it’s The Iliad and The Odyssey though.

11. What’s the newest book you’ve read? 

Amanda- Newest finished book would be One Small Thing by Erin Watt, but I’m currently almost finished with Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (thanks NetGalley!) that hasn’t been released yet.

Antonia- I think it’s Crime of Magic by Linsey Hall. It just came out in May.

12. Who is your favorite author?

Amanda- Just one? Yeah right.

John Green
Nora Roberts
Sarah J. Maas
Janet Evanovich
Ellen Hopkins
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Leigh Bardugo
Denise Grover Swank
Cinda Williams Chima
Cassandra Clare

Antonia- Oh boy. A lot.

John Green
Nora Roberts
Sarah J. Maas
Cinda Williams Chima
Richelle Mead
Mercedes Lackey
Brian Jacques
J.K. Rowling
J.R.R. Tolkien
C.S. Lewis
Jennifer L. Armentrout

I could literally go on forever.

13. Buying books or borrowing?

Amanda-have to buy certain books. Like anything by any of the authors I listed above. I’m okay with borrowing especially when it comes to new books, but if I love it enough I might buy it so I can reread it and make highlights and what not.

Antonia- Well I definitely prefer buying books. I think we’d all love to have never-ending libraries. But money tends to be an issue so I’m okay with borrowing books too.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Amanda- This is hard because I don’t dislike books very often. I’m going to have to go with any of the classics. Jane Austen’s books specifically are so well loved and I’ve never been able to read them.

Antonia- I could never get into Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I like the show but always struggled with the books.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Amanda- Don’t fight me, but both. If there’s something within reach that I can throw in my book that’s great, but if not I usually have no problem dog-earring the book (unless it’s brand new and still super nice).

Antonia- Definitely both. I never dog-ear with books I don’t own and I try to be better with pretty, new hardcovers but just the other day I dog-eared a page and from across the room my husband goes, “Did you just dog-ear that book?! What is wrong with you, you monster?!”

16. What’s a book that you can always reread?

Amanda- Just one book? Not likely. I can pretty much reread anything because I have a terrible memory. Like I’ve gotten books from the library thinking that they’re books I’ve never read and then I get halfway through and realize that I’ve read it before.

Antonia- As usual, I agree with Amanda. I absolutely LOVE rereading books. It’s like hanging out with old friends. It never gets boring for me.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Amanda- There are people that can read without listening to music? I need some sort of background noise that isn’t something I will be distracted by.

Antonia- Yes, Amanda, there are. I actually have trouble doing most things while listening to music. Except cleaning since it doesn’t require much focus. But I can’t read or sleep or write reviews while music’s playing. I get so distracted by the songs that I can’t concentrate.

18. Single P.O.V. or multiple P.O.V’s?

Amanda- It depends completely on the story. I like multiple when the story is more complex because I get a better idea of the world and what’s really going on in it.

Antonia- Definitely depends on the story but I love both fairly equally.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Amanda- Again, this completely depends on the story. If it’s a super good story that has me hooked I won’t stop until I’ve finished (as long as everything in the rest of my life allows for that). Bigger, more in-depth books tend to be read over multiple days because I have to read it slower to fully grasp everything going on.

Antonia- ^Agreed. With A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, I stayed up until two in the morning finishing it (and yelling at my husband every time he interrupted me), until I remembered that I had to wake up early for once. With other books, I can put them down and be a responsible adult with no problem.

20. One book you read because of the cover?

Amanda- Again, just one book?

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Girl in Pieces Kathleen Glasgow
And I Darken by Kiersten White

Antonia- Just recently I got The Revenants series by Amy Plum and The Everneath Trilogy by Brodi Ashton specifically for the gorgeous dresses on the covers.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books I DNF

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish. This week’s topic is top ten books that I decided to DNF (did not finish) too quickly. I’m going to put my own spin on this week’s topic because I always finish books once I make it past the first fifty pages or so and if it’s a book I don’t think I’m going to like, I just won’t read it. So this week I will be making a list of the top ten books I didn’t bother to start.

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1. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon – I started this series years ago, before it became a television show. I made it to the middle of the fourth book, The Drums of Autumn, before I had to return the copy I was borrowing to Antonia’s mom. I’ve never managed to get back into the series to reread/finish the series. Hopefully one day.
2. The Great Divorce by C.S Lewis – I was given this book as a gift by my aunt last Christmas (maybe it was actually a few Christmases ago.) I’ve picked it up just to put it back down a few days later. It sits and stares at me from my bookshelf silently asking to be read.
3. The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg – I’ve been trying to read this book for the last two months and I can’t seem to make it further than a chapter or so every time I pick it up. I may give it another try in the future, but for now I’m not going to bother.
4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I bought this around the same time that the movie came out because I wanted to read it before I saw the movie. Still haven’t read the book or seen the movie.
5. Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger – This was one I was supposed to read for school. I didn’t like it / couldn’t get into the story. It was just weird to me. So I didn’t read it and I faked all my assignments that had to do with the book.
6. The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick – This is one I found on my kindle and I tried to start it four or five times in the span of six months and never made it more than ten pages into the book. So I just gave up because I obviously didn’t want to read it that badly.
7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – I had this whole series as a kid and tried to read them a few times but never did. I wanted to try again when the movie came out and just didn’t. Maybe I’ll read them someday, but who knows.
8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I have a huge problem when it comes to classics. I’ve gotten about fifty pages into this book a handful of times but to this day have never managed to finish it. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t.
9. Moby Dick by Herman Melville – Another book that I’ve read the first ten to fifty pages of and can’t find the drive or desire to make it any further than that.
10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – I guess I’m just a girl that doesn’t like the classics.

These are my top ten that I’ve tried but mostly didn’t bother with. What are your top ten that you didn’t finish (maybe too quickly) or however you changed this week’s topic to fit your reading style?
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.