The Reason Why I DNF´d `Throne Of Glass`- Sarah J. Maas

As a book blogger I feel it´s important to talk about what I´m passionate about- Books. And with my self-proclaimed responsibilities as a book blogger I actually want to discuss every aspect of book blogging. The good, the bad, and everything else in between.

It´s actually important for me to share my thoughts ( or else why blog, right?) Totally misses the point if I don´t at least give my readers insight on my opinions.

Opinions. Yes. Those pesky things that get people in to trouble sometimes. With all the social do´s and don´t´s it´s hard to keep up on what etiquette demands / allows these days.

 

 

I read somewhere that it´s frowned upon to upload a review for a book that´s been DNF´d. The reason for that was / is simple. Didn´t finish the book? Then you can´t fully judge it. Makes sense, right? Sure it does. But what if someone DNF´d a book and still wants to talk about it? To give a deeper explanation on the why´s? Is that frowned upon, as well?

Technically, if a post isn´t stamped as a book review then it´s safe to share ones thoughts. At least that´s how I see it.

Not too long ago I decided to give some hyped books a go. Books I´ve successfully avoided for a very long time. One of those extremely hyped books is `Throne Of Glass` Throne of GLassby Sarah J. Maas. And there were a few reasons aside from the hyped issue for me to not go near this read.

 

  • I dislike the cover image ( yes, I´m petty like that )
  • It´s  a Young Adult fantasy romance ( an interesting combo )
  • The author has a certain story telling style I wasn´t able to warm up to

 

But I kept reading the praises and listening to a few of my friends rave in the highest notes about this book. With that in mind and knowing full well that different books from an author can be better ( or worse ) I finally caved. I´m a sucker for romance, so… why the hell not?

I was prepared for everything. What I wasn´t prepared for was my fast growing disinterest.

 

 

I get bored really fast. This isn´t the best basis for reading, I admit. Yet, I do have a reading system that works well for me. If the first 100 pages don´t grab my attention enough then it´s time to move on.

With `Throne Of Glass` I did just that- moved on. As much as I wanted to give this book a fair shot I just couldn´t continue the story. I´m not saying the first 100 pages were total shit… All I´m saying is:

  • It´s a story that´s made its rounds before. For me, this means I´ve already read close versions of this story. Some of these versions were better, some worse. I dislike sitting here thinking “Oh, not this again.” while reading. I´m aware that no one can reinvent the wheel but I would have liked a little more spark in this one or anything that would have separated this read from others in a positive way.

 

  • Celaena, the assassin. Yes, I know. She´s a fantasy figure. Trust me when I say I really tried to see the beauty of her character. I don´t think I can consider myself open minded enough to accept the awesomeness of her annoying attitude. I´m all for being bad ass and going against the mainstream but Celaena? The ungrateful slave / assassin / slave? Nope. I don´t have the energy to appreciate her. I saw so many comments on how mind blowing her character is. Celaena is powerful, awesome, etc etc. Yupp, nope. I hope this isn´t the new YA fantasy Heroine standard.

 

  • Tongue clicking. I´ve mentioned this before in my review for Sarah J. Mass´s `A Court Of Thorns And Roses` and now I´m convinced the author´s whole imaginary universe has tongue clicking characters. I really should have counted the tongue clickings from page 1 – 100 because there were more than enough. “He clicked his tounge”

Being repetitive isn´t a good thing.

 

  • The boring bits. Okay, so here´s the thing- Sometimes parts we consider to be boring often add value to a story later on. By giving up early a reader´s probably missing out on something great. The key word is: Probably. There´s no guarantee my expectations will be met and I won´t stick around to find out it that happens. For me, the boring bits felt like one big boring word salad.

 

As I´ve said, I tried. I truly did. And I failed. Or, the story failed me. Either way, I don´t believe I´ll give another Sarah J. Maas book a try. Her books aren´t for me.

Throne of GLass

 

That wasn´t so bad now, was it? A pseudo review for a hyped book.

And because I chose not to continue `Throne Of Glass` I will also not rate it or publish this anywhere else as a book review.

 

 


 

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed. ❤

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Skimming Pages and Not Finishing A Book

Have you ever heard of book skimming?

Well, if you´re a book blogger, author or even an avid reader then you´re probably well acquainted with the term.

Book skimming is nothing other than letting your eyes fly through words on pages in a book. Over – looking parts that feel insignificant for a reader. Or, dare I say… the boring bits of a story?

 

And what about not finishing a book? Have you ever done that? Save yourself from answering that one because I know you have at least one book in your bookshelf  you haven´t finished. Book people call that DNF ( Did Not Finish ). It´s when a book isn´t one´s cup of tea and a reader cannot be bothered to waste their hours to finish it.

 

But why do we do either?

Let me answer that one for you, too.

“D´uh. I skimmed through chapters because they were boring.”

“D´uh. I DNFed the book because it was awful.”

That´s usually the case.

The inability to grab a reader’s attention. The lack of excitement. Of course, there are many other reasons as to why a reader would skim story bits or DNF the whole thing right on the spot.

Personally, I don´t DNF a book but I do skim. I´ve done it, maybe, twice in my whole reading career. My reasons for both aren´t that confusing.

I don´t like to DNF books. No matter how awful I think the story is I will push myself and finish those suckers even if it pains me. The reason for that is because I buy print books. And printed books are expensive ( if you buy a few a month, that is). To DNF a book that cost me 10 – 15 Euros would look like I have money to throw away. I don´t. So, I grind my teeth together and finish reading. I´ll feel bad if I don´t ( and I don´t want the hassle with returning the book).

If you´re wondering why I don´t just go to the library and get my books there… Well, I would if there was a library near me. And I don´t consider Kindle Unlimited a library. Enough talk about Kindle Unlimited.

Others seem to have less difficulty DNF – ing a book. Which is perfectly fine. I understand when readers become aggravated with the story or when they can´t feel the characters or dislike the writing style.  I can easily understand a reader when they read a book that has more errors than not and decides to DNF. I feel everyone´s pain.

 

As for skimming a book – I do it and feel perfectly fine skimming a few pages here and there. Yes. It´s kind of like cheating. In a way, I´m skipping information that might be significant for the story. Keyword: Might. (I´m pretty sure when I´m reading a romance that the 10th sex scene will not be a game changer)

Sadly, the term is treated as a dirty little secret in the book world. No one likes to admit they skimmed or skipped pages of a book. That would be uncalled for.  A no – go. Just as an author wouldn´t like to hear about someone skimming parts of their book. And because of that, skimming through chapters becomes a secret sport done by all.

 

Skimming is normal, though. Any reader who skims isn´t commiting a social crime. They´re just not interested in stuff they probably already know /have already figured out on their own.

The main killer, the #1 cause that leads to book skimming are too many details. In depth descriptions that go on and on and on, without an end in sight. Story details.

But details are important, right? Yeah. They are. Without details in a story we´d be reading 200+ pages of dialogue. Readers need an author to help paint a picture. BUT (!!!) what readers don´t need it to know is how many stitches were required to make that fluffy, lavender, goose feather filled pillow. They don´t need 4 pages with a full  description of a pillow.

“We know what a pillow is. Some of us have pillows. Please, continue with the story.”

Many authors overstep the fine line between adding informative details and  including unnecessary page fillers.

But who decides what details are significant or not? A reader does. Always. Book details are a matter of taste. Some readers enjoy details. Some don´t.

It´s also not unheard of to skim through pages of a book you absolutely love.

Are there stories you haven´t skimmed through?

In my case, yes. There are quite a lot of books that had my full attention from start to finish. Only a few had unnecessary details that did not interest me in the slightest ( e.g. the 20th sex scene in a 250 page book ) Anything that receives more than a 1 page dedication is an overkill for me and will be skimmed through.

Then there´s that nasty book cheating issue. A book cheater is a person who reads enough reviews and claims to have read said story.

A very popular tactic among book bloggers. But that´s a different bedtime story for another night.

 

So, what did we learn today? That skimming through a book isn´t as terrible as it´s painted out to be. DNF-  – ing a book isn´t the end of the world. Book details can be buzz – kill.

It´s okay to do both or either, or none at all. It´s up to a reader.

 

Thank you for taking your time to read my post on Skimming Pages and Not Finishing A Book. If you enjoyed this post then do feel free to show it by liking or commenting.

Much Love,

Morgana xoxo