Life has certainly picked up since March, but the main reason for a few missing reviews this spring is because I ran into a few DNFs (did not finish). I think it’s just as important to talk about why I couldn’t finish a book, as much as why I choose to finish a book. Below a few misses for me, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them a try as they all came as recommendations.
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
This book has been on my library holds list for a very long time and so I was excited when the audiobook finally came through. I want to say first that while I couldn’t finish the audiobook, I think I still want to try reading a physical copy. The audio was tough due to Ng’s style of writing and it was tough to follow along just by listening.
I was first introduced to Ng’s writing with Everything I Never Told You and knew immediately that the audio version of any book would be a tough sell. I’d equate this DNF to not liking the remix of a song you know you should love.
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
I tried very hard to love this one as it came as a recommendation from a solid book buddy. But, I couldn’t. Nothing happened. I think I made it 100+ pages and I was still bored. I kept coming back thinking something would finally happen, but finally gave up to enjoy other books instead.
I’ve been told I just need to stick it out, but when I’m not getting to read other books because I can’t stick it out for this one. Well, file in under DNF.
Beach House for Rent – Mary Alice Moore
As a native Carolinian and a beach baby, I’m surprisingly not super into book that are based on either North or South Carolina coasts. Nicholas Sparks has always been a miss for me and even Where the Crawdads Sing was just okay. I gave this one about 80 or so pages and while the story was moving, I wasn’t excited to come back to it every day.
I started it with the hopes of it being an easy read, but it was missing meat for me. I realize something juicy happens to bring the characters together, but I was also anxious to get to that point. It just felt like a bound cringe for me. I would consider giving other Moore books a read though, even if based in the Carolinas.