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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5 ReasonsWhy I Avoid Hyped Books

Hyped books. Something I love to avoid. Which is so sad! I want to read a book that looks and sounds awesome, too. I can´t, though. My inner weirdo won´t let me. When I see a hyped book I immediately roll my eyes. I can´t help myself. It just happens.

Maybe it´s because I´m truly weird. Or perhaps it´s because I´m not a pushy person and hate when others are pushy. Oh, speaking of being pushy…. Ever thought of the definition of a hyped book?

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You´re welcome.

 

Hyped books are like flu season. It hits hard. Everyone eventually gets it. Everyone´s talking about it. And with time it doesn´t really leave. It lingers and makes our lives a living hell before it let´s us move on, Then, we wait for the next virus to attack us.

That´s how I see hyped books. Because they´re everywhere. They come from out of nowhere, stay a while then disappear ( reluctantly ). Ha! That´s just wishful thinking on my part. The reality of hyped books looks more like this:

Book magically appears. Book stays on social media for an eternity.

But why is that? What turns a simple published book into a hyped read? Who´s responsible for the hype? HOW CAN WE STOP THIS MADNESS?!

 

 

If I start to over analyze the subject my blood pressure might rise high enough to shoot a hole through my roof. We don´t want that to happen. Instead, let me tell you the 5 Reasons Why I Avoid Hyped Books.

 


 

5 reasons

 

 

  1. Overkill Book Promotion. 

You see a brand new published book. Fab cover. Interesting book description. The stars are aligned. But then you have a few minutes to spare and check out Instagram or any other popular social media platform and before you know it… that brand new book you saw is being shoved down your throat by 3/4 of the world´s book loving population. Everywhere you look that book is THERE. Yeah, no. I´ll pass.

 

2. 8 Million 5 Star Reviews

Hahaha. Nice try, fans of a hyped book / obsessive fans of trendy author. You can´t be trusted. Ever. Because a book is never completely flawless. I understand that while a book may be a 5 star read I also understand that all books, even the best from the best, have parts or scenes that weren´t to someone´s liking, or maybe the writing was slow… I mean- this is just my overall opinion but… no book, not even the 5 star reviews I publish for certain books are without flaws. I just don´t consider some flaws significant enough to mention.

Give me some flaws between the love gushing to work with and I might consider reading a hyped book.

 

3.  Die – Hard Fans

This is actually tied with #1 but it´s still not bad to give these folks a closer inspection. Die – hard fans…Super not trust-worthy. Why? Because all die – hard fans do is promote one and the same book to death. It´s what they do. They can´t move on. And if they do then it´s another round of long-term, annoying book promo. Also, these people don´t allow room for opinions that might differ from theirs.

 

4. When Your Friend Sends A Text

You know a hyped book has reached it´s peek when your book loving friend calls or texts to ask if you already read the latest hit. I live in a village… far far away from any form of city life. People roll the sidewalks away after 6 p.m. I have one bestie in this God forgotten place and when she calls to tell me I HAVE to read `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green then I can´t. Seeing the book on the internet is one thing. I can avoid the internet. I can´t avoid my friend. An eye roll worthy moment for me whenever this happens ( and it only happens with hyped reads ).

 

5. The Ever Growing Pressure Of Not Having Read A Popular Book

Reading pressure. I don´t like that feeling at all. It´s the same with classic literature. Back in the day I felt awful for being a bookworm and not having read the true literary classics. I felt left out. I felt like I wasn´t worthy enough. Guess what? Screw that and the pressure bestowed upon us readers for not having read a hyped book. “What?! You haven´t read book XYZ yet?!” Yeah. I haven´t. And I probably never will. Thanks to all the wonderful people who´ve secured the book´s life long spotlight. Once I feel pressured I immediately lock down. Then it´s a “Too bad” type of situation.

 

The driving force behind hyped books are the fans. Of course, not all fans from hyped books are scary nutcases obsessive fans. Some book blogs I follow love certain hyped books and that´s totally fine. I understand the need to read a book that looks and sounds good. To  each is their own. Normal fans aren´t the ones shoving hyped books in my face. It´s the ones who can´t seem to let go.

Sadly, these obsessive readers ruin it for others.

Then there´s that overkill marketing from publishers. Sheesh. We get it. The book is good. How about marketing every other book the exact same way? Make it fair for everyone? Balance, maybe?

With that being said- I´m not completely immune. I´ve caved and read hyped books and I sometimes still do. It´s takes years of avoidance and a million discussions with befriended book people to convince me, though. I have to be 100% on board with a hyped book.


What are your thoughts on hyped books? Do you read them or avoid them? Let´s chat.

 

That´s it for today. Stay tuned to find out which hyped books I´ve been successfully avoiding and which I´ve avoided but eventually caved and read. Thank you so much for reading. ❤ Share the book love.


 

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