Book Review: In The Afterlight

20522640Novel: In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3) by Alexandra Bracken | Goodreads
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

I’m going to fully blame Aneeqah (My Not So Real Life) for the copious amounts of feels I’m experiencing right now over the end of this series. RUBY. LIAM. ZUZ. CHUBS. VIDA. COLE. I’M AN EMOTIONAL MESS ON THE FLOOR.

Also can we discuss the titles of the books in this series? I just saw this on Goodreads and it blew my mind:

THE DARKEST MINDS NEVER FADE IN THE AFTERLIGHT

K I’m done with you, Alexandra Bracken. Too genius. Please leave the building. (I’m just kidding. But seriously. HOW?!)

This series was one I quite honestly never expected to like. It felt like it was going to be like everything else out there in the dystopian genre. I was so, so wrong though – this series is unique and utterly beautiful. From the writing to the character development to the finite details of the plot, these books are just… wow.

In The Afterlight is a stunning follow up to Never Fade – it picks up shortly after where Never Fade leaves off, and pulls you into Ruby’s newest challenge: living in a bunker (of sorts) and building some sort of an army to stop the government and shut down the camps. But with Cole, Liam’s brother, in charge (kinda) and her own demons rising to the surface, Ruby is struggling to keep it together.

The character arcs that occur in In The Afterlight are stunning. We see Ruby dealing with her guilt, Liam struggling with his family’s past, Zuz coming out of her shell, Chubs being Chubs, and Vida confronting her issues with some of the other kids. The plot fires up and the kids are working against incredible odds to make the unspeakable a reality: the closure of the camps. It’s the ultimate uprising – all led by kids. And it’s awesome.

This book just left me speechless. I couldn’t read it fast enough – I wanted to know what happened to Ruby and Liam, what happened to the camps, how it all ended for them. I wish I had gotten around to this one sooner because it blew me straight out of the water.

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Book Review: Zac and Mia

20522640Novel: Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts | Goodreads
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that’s a lot about love (and a little about cancer).

“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

Due to a deep love for Melina Marchetta, there is a special spot in my heart that can only be filled by books set in Australia. This one has filled part of the void with its beautiful writing, tender story, and touching characters.

Zac and Mia is, “essentially” a cancer book. But it’s also so much more. It’s a story of friendship, of love, of family, or faith. It’s the story of Zac and the story of Mia and the story that they create together, one that is unforgettable. Zac is this awkward, funny, and kind kid in the room next door to Mia, who offers friendship in a time when Mia wants to shut everyone out. Mia is incredibly strong, fiery, and struggling with the reality of her cancer. She wants someone to see her, and Zac does – and that’s the best kind of friendship there is.

The story of these two is one of the ups and downs of life. Recovery. Relapses. Running away from home. Finding love in the places you never expected. Road trips. Making amends. Learning how to be there for someone. It’s one that everyone can relate to, even if you don’t have cancer. I was almost in tears by the end because I had grown so attached to these characters over the course of the book. I wanted to stay in their world for forever, but sadly all things come to an end.

I can’t recommend this book enough. No matter who you are, you can find something in Zac and Mia to adore. Whether its the story, the setting, the characters, or the writing, there will be something. If you’re a fan of a touching story of friendship turned love, this one is for you!

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Book Review: Rules of Seduction

20522640Novel: Rules of Seduction by Jenna Mullins | Goodreads
Release Date: April 21st, 2015
Publisher: The Studio (A Paper Lantern Lit Imprint)
Format: E-book
Source: Publisher (via PLL Trendsetters Program)

The first rule of seduction is: don’t fall in love.

Fresh out of college, Dani Young heads for the LA sun to chase her dream of becoming a screenwriter-director. So when her former BFF turned actress Elise offers Dani the opportunity to work on the hit teen show Vamp Camp, Dani can’t refuse, even if it comes at a price: Elise wants Dani to seduce her boyfriend, Vamp Camp superstar Tate Lawrence. Turns out Elise has some major trust issues, and needs Dani to test Tate’s faith. The only rule: don’t fall in love with him.

Sure, Dani doesn’t mind occasionally glimpsing Tate’s megawatt smile…or accidentally-on-purpose brushing up against his perfect torso…but she’s no fool. There’s no way she’d ever fall for a shallow celebrity and no way one would fall for her, a lanky movie nerd.

But amidst vampire-crazed fans, a conniving fellow intern, and a devilishly handsome showrunner, Dani feels like all the rules she used to know have disappeared, except for one: Love doesn’t play by the rules.

Part The Devil Wears Prada, part How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days, this story of friendship and romance is sure to appeal to fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer E. Smith, and Anna Todd.

I love a good drama, and Rules of Seduction is everything you could ask for in a drama. Set in LA, there’s romance, friendship, wins, losses, and some serious plot twists – it’s a page turner and laugh-out-loud funny, perfect for fans of a good contemporary romance.

Dani, the main character, I loved from page one. She’s funny, kind, and a great friend. Her motivation and passion for film drives her character and keeps her fresh. There are very few highly motivated characters in YA, and I loved reading about someone who I could connect to on that level – Dani wants nothing more than to be a screenwriter and she pursues her dream to the best of her ability.

The supporting characters are everything from backstabbing to sweet to totally psycho and I loved them. Dani’s roommate, Brit, is a vegan chef and by far my favorite character next to Dani. She really looks out for Dani, and pushes her to take chances in her personal life, which I loved. Elise, Dani’s old BFF, I had mixed feelings about (she seemed a little fake) but overall I think she was a perfect part of the story and gave Dani more dimension. Tate, the friend/Elise’s boyfriend/romantic interest????? surprised my in every way. Going into the story you’re expecting a shallow and fake guy who doesn’t care about anything, but as Dani becomes friends with him you learn the reality of Tate: he’s a kind guy who loves kittens and doesn’t know what he’s doing with his life.

This book has everything. It’s funny, beautifully written, and a great read for a Saturday when you need a bit of an escape from the world. I can’t recommend it enough!

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Book Review: Tumble and Fall

20522640Novel: Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts | Goodreads
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: ARC
Source: ALA 2013

A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings
 
The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand. 
 
Alexandra Coutts’s TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.

Sadly, Tumble & Fall was a bit of a let down for me. I went in with high hopes for this book – not only is the premise interesting, but the cover is absolutely dazzling, and I wanted a story that mirrored this. Unfortunately, it did not deliver.

The basis of the book is one we know well – an asteroid is set to hit Earth in a week. The story follows three teenagers living on an island who are trying to…do something. Honestly, I’m not exactly sure what was so appealing about these three characters in the first place, or what the point of the story is. None of the characters really fit together, and quite honestly, I didn’t like any of them. I didn’t feel like they were fully flushed out as characters, and what they were doing with their remaining time just felt weird.

Like Sienna, who starts dating a guy she knew as a child, has just gotten out of rehab after attempting suicide, and seems to be completely fine despite this. What was weird was that Sienna’s attempted suicide wasn’t a big part of the book, but I feel like it should have been. Zan, the second MC, was on the hunt for answers about a girl named Vanessa whose name is in her ex-boyfriend Leo’s book. Totally normal, right? Zan’s love for Leo is understandable but she goes back and forth between love (and utter devotion) and wanting to move on. She’s a bit hard to grasp most of the time. Caden, our final MC, has by far the weirdest storyline. His dad abducts him and takes him to his house in the woods, where he’s introduced to the father he never knew. And his dad is weird to say the least. Ex: he gets Caden a prostitute. Like what? How is that a way to bond with your kid?

Honestly, this book is just plain weird. It was difficult to connect to and had some just downright unusual storylines. I was expecting something entertaining, but sadly, this book wasn’t it. It didn’t feel like any of it would actually happen – all the characters are removed from their families for most of the book and don’t really seem to care. People are just going about their daily lives, not really thinking about the end of the world, it seemed.

I think I’ll give Coutts another shot though – I’m interested to see what she does with her next book, and hopefully it will be a bit better than this one.

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TT4L 2015 Wrap-up

I had the pleasure of attending TT4L (Texas Teens for Libraries) on Thursday, and it was hands down the best year of TT4L yet. I’ve attended TT4L for four years (I think?) and it’s alway something I count down the days until. So now, I’m counting down until next year’s conference!

After having attended multiple conferences and growing an ability to comfortably ask for ARCs and talk to people working booths, I’ve learned how to get TOO many books. This can cause me some issues because A) I don’t read them all and B) it’s impossible to carry them all without breaking your back. So this year, I set myself a limit: 15. And I got 20. I am very proud of myself.

Not only did I get a ton of incredible books, but I also met some great authors. I finally met Katie McGarry (Pushing the Limits), had a reuniting moment with Jason Reynolds (The Boy in the Black Suit), and got to spend some time chatting with Adi Alsaid (Let’s Get Lost). I ran into Lindsay Cummings (The Murder Complex) and helped her find the room she was supposed to be in, and met Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds) in a Random House booth randomly. Then I had the honor of going to an event at BookPeople where I got sit down with Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), David Arnold (Mosquitoland), and Aisha Saeed (Written in the Stars).

It was a great day to say the least.

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And for the books! I made a book haul – there were too many to do anything else – and it’s below. It’s fangirly. And horrible quality. But if you were ever wondering what it’s like to experience books with me, this is it.

The Books –

(I forgot this one) Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten (Simon & Schuster)
What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (HarlequinTeen)
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Delacourte Press)
Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano (Kathy Dawson Books)
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid (HarlequinTeen)
A Stay Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern (HarperTeen)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (Putnam)
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Knopf)
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller (Bloomsbury)
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (Dutton)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (Penguin)
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum)
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster)
A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith (Katherine Teagan Books/HarperTeen)
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby (HarperTeen)
Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler (Viking)
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (Harper)
Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu (MacMillan)
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (HarlequinTeen)


I’ve got some reading to do! Let me know in comments what you’re excited for and your book conference experiences!

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Book Review: Blackbird

20522640Novel: Blackbird (Blackbird, #1) by Anna Carey | Goodreads
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

I’ve had very mixed luck with Anna Carey’s books in the past, but I gave Blackbird a chance simply because of 1) the COVER THOUGH and 2) the plot is so awesome. And Blackbird definitely lived up to expectations – it’s plot-driven, riveting, and perfect series material.

The book is written in second person, which is such an awkward perspective to read simply because it’s so unusual. But, as the book went on I became more comfortable with it, and actually grew to enjoy the originality and unique writing style. It made the book not only more interesting, but also more engaging because it kept me on my toes throughout the story. The most important thing about the perspective though, is that is makes sense. The girl literally has no idea who she is, and so she doesn’t know enough to feel like she has a perspective on her life (in my opinion).

The part of this book that made it so special though is the plot. Talk about a thriller! Blackbird is fast paced, engaging, and incredibly well built plot-wise. From the start to the end I was on the edge of my seat and how the mystery of the girl’s identity would be solved. Where are her memories coming from? Who is she? Who is trying to kill her? Why are they trying to kill her? Anna Carey gets an A+ from me for the plot.

The romance however, was a bit lacking in my opinion. But, considering the ending a lot of it made sense. Despite this though, I think the relationship between them could’ve definitely been stronger and better developed.

Despite thi though, Blackbird was a solid start to this series, and I’m excited for Book #2 – Anna Carey has regained my love as a writer with this book!

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An Open Letter to My YA Self

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I’m incredibly excited to be a part of a feature hosted by Ginger @ GReads! (one of my faves) of letters to our YA selves. Since I am, obviously, still a teenager, I’m going to write a letter to myself at the present. There’s some fun at the bottom, so check that out. 

Dear Teenage Willa,

You’re happy. You’re oh-so happy with your life, your friends, your passions, your future, and I’m happy that you are.

But, I’d like you to keep in mind some things as you work your way through the next year of high school and into college.

You’re beautiful. Whether you see it all the time or not, you are. Don’t forget it, and always tell yourself that you are, or find someone who will remind you every once and a while. Keep your friends close – make time for them. You have a tendency to stay all alone in your room reading, and as lovely as that is, don’t forget that you have incredible friends that you should go see a movie, eat some pancakes, and laugh with. Go call them.

Look at the world around you with love, curiosity, and open arms. There are people out there who may not agree with you but that doesn’t mean they are not incredible people. Give them all of your love and be the incredible friend you are to them. Keep that love of learning that drives you and let it push you to discover the world around you and push yourself in new directions. Try new foods, meet new people, and smile at them all. (Smiling is the universal language, or so they say.)

Don’t focus so much on your grades, but rather what you’re gaining from school. Are you learning? Are you pushing yourself? Are you doing your best? If yes, AWESOME. Ignore the grades you get – just do your best and they will come. Get that extra sleep instead of trying to cram more information into your head.

Make time for the things you love. Try to read everyday. Listen to music. Laugh and smile. Watch insane amounts of Netflix because it makes you happy. Bake cookies. Work out. Swim. Paint your nails. Buy more music and books. Do it all.

Be yourself. You’re an incredible, kind, funny, and beautiful person, and if you feel like you need to be someone else in front of someone, don’t hang out with them. Spend time with people who you can be 100% of your person with. Be proud of who you are and what you’re doing, because you’re doing some darn cool things.

And because you’re always in need of a good dose of romance and reading, here’s a list of your favorites. Give them a re-read. They love you.

Go forth and be fabulous.

Love,

Teenage Willa

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Paper Towns by John Green | Goodreads
Where She Went by Gayle Forman | Goodreads
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry | Goodreads
The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle | Goodreads
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson | Goodreads
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | Goodreads
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart | Goodreads


 Ginger is hosting a giveaway in honor of “An Open Letter to My YA Self” featuring these awesome books:

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Sadly, WordPress + Rafflecopter are not buddies, so I can’t put the giveaway widget in for you. BUT you can go enter over on Ginger’s blog here.

Here’s to teenagehood!

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Book Review: In a World Just Right

20522640Novel: In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks | Goodreads
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher/Edelweiss

High school senior Jonathan Aubrey creates worlds at will. In Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend, he’s given himself everything he doesn’t have in real life-–the track team, passing grades, and his dream girl–-until one day he confuses his worlds and almost kisses the real Kylie Simms. Now his girlfriend Kylie and the real Kylie are changing, and Jonathan must solve the mystery of his own life to save his love from a gruesome fate.

This book surpassed every expectation I had.

I was expecting something interesting, and a bit out of the ordinary, but this book completely floored me. The writing, the story, THE ENDING amazed me and left me in need of more.

Jonathan Aubrey is one of those characters who is incredibly easy to relate to. From the get-go, I understood what he was going through, to a certain extent, in his school life and his personal one. He has been ostracized from his classmates since the plane crash that killed his family and left him miraculously alive, and his only refuge is his “Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend” world. There, he has the girl of his dreams, friends, a scholarship to college, and is on the track team. In his real world, Jonathan simply dreams of having Kylie, doesn’t do track, and isn’t going to graduate on time because of his absences.

So when his worlds begin to collide, Jonathan freaks. Understandably. His two Kylies begin to act weird, and Jonathan is left wondering what is going wrong. This is the part of the story that grabbed me the most – the awkward exchanges with both Kylies, Jonathan grappling with both of his worlds, and him trying to understand where he wants to be.

In a World Just Right is incredibly plot-driven, but also strikes a perfect balance of character development and plot. Over the course of the novel, the reader grows to understand Jonathan more and more, as well as the other characters in the book (mainly Kylie). My sole complaint with the book was the lack of characters – it was an seriously internal book, with most of the text being Jonathan’s thoughts. Kylie was the only character of substance, and I was aching for interactions between Jonathan and his uncle, or some more with his classmates. The ending of this book made up for it though. (If you’ve read this already can WE TALK ABOUT THAT ENDING?!) It’s a complete surprise, yet beautiful and touching at the same time. I got a little teary, I admit.

Jen Brooks’s debut novel was solid, and I’m anxious to read more from her!

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Book Review: Always Emily

20522640Novel: Always Emily by Michaela MacColl | Goodreads
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists and authors of several enduring works of classic literature. But they’re not there yet. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumors that a neighbor’s death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle—before someone else gets killed.

I love Emily and Charlotte Brontë, but more than that, I love their story. I love this time period and the gothic setting of the moors, so I had high hopes for this novel. I hoped it would bring Emily and Charlotte to life for me and allow me to learn more about them.

This novel did both of those things. I learned more about Charlotte and Emily’s childhood and their relationship as sisters (although I’m not sure how much their relationship is similar to the way it is depicted in the book), and also about the Brontë family. However, I had some issues with the writing.

I feel like this novel had so much potential. The idea is incredible and there’s so much that can be done with a novel like this. Emily and Charlotte are also such vivid and fiery characters (and people) that they can easily support a story like this. However, I feel like the execution of it was lacking.

This was my first Michaela MacColl novel, but from what I read on Goodreads she seems to be pretty well loved. I’m not sure if her other novels were similar to this in the writing, but I just felt like it wasn’t big enough. I wanted so much more from the writing of this book – I wanted depth, I wanted beautiful descriptions of the moors, I wanted to hear Emily’s voice in my head and adore the characters. However, I felt like most of my emotions were only half of what they could’ve been. I wanted to know more about Charlotte and Emily’s sister Anne, and I wanted more description of the moors. I wanted the story to come to life, but it just…. didn’t.

However, I think the plot was incredible. It was unique, riveting, and kept me reading. If the plot hadn’t been as good, I don’t think I would’ve finished, simply because the writing really put me off. The characters were also well done, but I do wish Emily and Charlotte had been a bit more distinct in their voices. I felt sometimes like they blended into each other, and as different as they were, I wanted that to be more obvious in their voices.

I would recommend this book to fans of the Brontë sisters, but with the forewarning that they may not enjoy it because of the writing. For readers who don’t mind the writing though, I would definitely recommend it.

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Let’s Chat: How Long Before I DNF

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“Let’s Chat” is my Discussion series on Willa’s Ramblings, where I talk about things on all topics – life, books, music, and pretty music anything under the sun! Please let me know in comments or on Twitter what you think and let’s chat!

Today on “Let’s Chat”: How Long Do I Give a Book Before I DNF?

I’ve been asked this question a lot, surprisingly enough, and I think people’s answer are alway so interesting. Everyone has a different take on this – do they give it one chapter? two? fifty pages?

For me, it depends on the book.

I’m an incredibly plot-driven reader, so for me if the plot isn’t moving by page fifty or seventy five, I’ll end up putting it down and never picking it back up. I don’t DNF a lot of books, but those that I do are usually unintentional. I want to give the book a chance to get its stuff together and make me interested, but most of the time I’ll get interested in another book and the book that wasn’t grabbing me is long forgotten on my bedside table until I finally give up by taking it off my “Currently Reading” shelf on Goodreads.

So far, I’ve only DNFed one book this year, and I really did not want to give up on this book. It was a finale in a series that I loved, but for some reason I just couldn’t get interested in the finale. There have been a couple series finales like that – ones that when I started I couldn’t remember a darned THING about the rest of the series and lost interest because I was so darn lost.

This is one reason why I choose series sparingly. I always end up having to track down spoilers on the internet or just get comfortable not know anything about the plot and forgetting 99% of the characters for a while. For some series finales I just can’t get into the series again, so I end up putting the book down in hopes of connecting with it later. I usually don’t though.

Many times, if I put down a book with a bad taste in my mouth (I didn’t connect to the characters, the story is boring, etc) then I most likely won’t pick it back up. This is something I’ve noticed about myself recently, and honestly it makes sense. Your brain associates that book with an unpleasant experience and then you don’t go back to it because you don’t want to experience that again.

Two of the biggest DNF signals for me are getting distracted by my phone repeatedly and checking the time. If I’m opening up Twitter that means I’m not interested in the plot enough to disconnect from the world around me. BIG NO-NO. Since I usually read before bed, I have to eventually stop reading at a certain time, and if I love the book I won’t even pay attention to the time. If it’s a book I’m not interested in though, I’ll be constantly checking the time, counting down until I need to go to bed before finally just putting up the book ten minutes before bedtime.

I don’t really have a point at which I DNF in the book though. I wish I could say “I stop if I’m not interested by Chapter 2″ or “I only give a book 50 pages” but it just depends. For some books, it’s the first chapter. For some, it’s 150 pages. It all depends on how much faith I have in the plot to get better, and my mood at the time (because I’m a total mood reader). Most of the times it ends up being about 75 pages though, give or take. Not too much and not too little.

We all hate DNF-ing, but sometimes, it must be done.


When do you DNF? Why do your DNF? Leave your comments below and let me know!

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