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Bookish: Book Blogger Hop #27

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme with a prompt featuring a book related question. The hop begins on a Friday and ends on a Thursday and should hopefully give people the opportunity to learn something new about the blogger.

The Book Blogger Hop can be found on Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and obviously my answers can be found here!

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Not anymore but this used to be something that I suffered through did on a regular basis.

The book that comes to mind first as one that I just couldn’t finish was Dune back when I was in my late teens. The reasons as to why it was a ‘DNF’ are vague to my memory but I think it was a combination of me not being in the right ‘mood,’ not liking the writing and just not feeling riveted by the plot.

I used to make a point to finish every single book I read and for this reason Dune is the most prominent book that I specifically remember not finishing.

Actually, it’s only up until quite recently that I insisted on persevering with finishing books. When I try and get all ‘naval gazey’ and determine the reasons why this was the case it comes down to one simple reason and one simple reason only:-

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Am I alone in this feeling?

Even now, when I have taken a long hard look at my attitude towards books and reading there’s still part of me that will try my hardest to not DNF a book because if I don’t finish a book I still feel guilty. But still I don’t fully understand why. 

Are we somehow conditioned to believe that if we don’t finish a book we have failed ourselves/ the writer/ the publishing company/ the fictional characters?

Do we believe that if we keep on going with a book that isn’t working for us that we can make ourselves love it?

Do we think that if we don’t like or finish a book that the fault is with ourselves and that we’re somehow ‘not getting it’ because so many other people enjoyed it?

Do we believe that if we finish a book on page 103 we will miss all the inevitable incredibly awesome stuff that’s going to happen from page 104 onward?

Maybe it’s none of the above, some of the above or all of the above.

For me I think I’ve somehow ‘failed’ at understanding the book and its themes if I don’t finish it and also that I’m somehow cheating my long suffering brain out of an awesome experience.

Reminder to Self: Gerry, if the book isn’t good for you by page 103 – the book ain’t ever going to be good for you.

So far I’ve talked about books that are ‘DNF’s’ but what about books that I’ve finished and rated 1 or 2 stars?

Well even though I still feel a bit bad at not finishing books I no longer insist on finishing something I just can’t stomach for whatever reason that may be.

However I will finish books that I don’t love (and have rated 1 or 2 stars) because on some level I am able to stick with the writing, plot, characters and so on until the end and usually there’s enough of a pull for me to want to know how the story finishes.

Plus I think I love a hate read and doing rant reviews. My rage towards a story can act as a powerful motivator to keep going.

Blog Hop

Unless you’ve been living in a cave you’ve probably realised that the buzz for this week has been about Game of Thrones and the rather ‘mixed’ reactions to the ending.

My feelings can’t be summed up in a eloquent sentence so I’ll use this gif instead…

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What has been done with much more eloquence are the below posts!

Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales talks about The Best Game of Thrones Looks. This is a must if you like the gorgeous costume designs!

Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm entertains us with her selections for The Game of Thrones Book Tag.

Consu @ Paper Eyed Girl has given us some glorious Game of Thrones Bookish Alternatives which I’ll be checking out.

Aurora @ Aurora Librialis also had the same amazing idea and shares 7 Books to Cure Your Game of Thrones Hangover.

The Orangutan Librarian wraps up her Game of Thrones related posting by talking about her wishes for the continuation of the books series in All My Hopes and Dreams for Spring.

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What do you guys do when there’s a book you don’t like? Do you insist on reading until the bitter end? Do you say that life’s too short to read bad books and close the covers?

Or do you enjoy partaking in the occasional ‘it’s so bad it’s almost good but clearly it isn’t good but I can’t wait to express my irritation to the world that this book got published’ read?

What’s the most memorable book for you that you just couldn’t carry on reading?

Let me know in the comments below!

Until next week when I answer whether I read books over 400 pages.

 

19 thoughts on “Bookish: Book Blogger Hop #27

  1. I completely relate to struggling to DNF books- I also feel like I’m going to miss some grand finale (even if that rarely happens- and if it does I often don’t care about the characters by that point, so it doesn’t matter anyway)
    Thanks for sharing my post! ❤

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    1. It’s crazy how strong the fear of FOMO is, isn’t it? Even though there’s probably nothing to miss out on, but then it’s that ‘probably’ that wins out isn’t it?!

      You’re welcome, it was a great post!

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  2. Thanks for the mention!
    Whenever I think to DNF a book I just look how much is left, If I’m just starting it then I’ll stop reading but if I’m, more than half of the way in then I’ll push through so I can talk about it later

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    1. You’re welcome!

      If you’re over half way but not loving it do you tend to skim through or pay thorough attention? Sometimes I think I will do the former just so I can say I’ve finished it but then I wonder if that truly counts as reading!

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  3. Oh, I relate to this hardcore. I used to not DNF because of my pride (I hated “losing” to a book, which is the weird mindset I still have to a degree), but after becoming a book reviewer, guilt is the primary reason I don’t DNF either; it feels weird rating or reviewing a book when it’s possible that I “didn’t get it,” and I don’t want to mislead anyone.

    Thankfully though, I also am the type who simply needs to know the ending, so if I ever feel like DNF-ing, I just power through super quickly till I get to the end. Doesn’t take much time to skip or skim, so I’m able to say that I didn’t DNF a book when in reality, I kinda did. 😂

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    1. Guilt does so much and that’s my number one reason for not finishing a book which is ridiculous because who am I hurting really?

      Oh I do that! If I’m not loving it I will skim read through the rest to say I’ve read it but then is that actually me reading the book?! Probably not but I’m going to say it is!

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      1. To change the subject completely, I just finished a fabulous book in two days after watching the movie. The book is of course better but I loved the book more because I saw the movie and had faces to put to the people. It’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Rare indeed is the book I wanted to start reading again just after I finished it but I did not because I have so much more to read. But what a delight!

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        1. I’ve heard of that one (because of the movie) but never knew it was a book! I love when a movie can drive towards a book though. Even if the movie happens to be better or vice versa it’s still nice to feel that there are two related versions of something enjoyable in the world.

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  4. THIS POST IS SO RELATABLE! I’d love to say that I DNF mercilessly and with joy, cause that’s my goal. But in real life it’s more like… I DNF rarely and halfheartedly. I almost always give the books second and third, or even 12th chances and at some point I inevitably realize I only have a hundred pages left, so I might as well just finish it. Usually this leads to 1 or 2 star ratings, but then there’ll be that one 4 star read which then validates this unreasonable behavior and prevents me from reaching my true DNF’ing potential. So what I’m trying to say is, hey at least you’re better at it than I am!

    Also thank you so much for sharing my posts and thank you even more for summing up all our GOT feels with one gif 😂

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    1. Honestly I think that’s why I never used to DNF – on the chance that I would be missing out on a 4 star read that somehow would just get excellent at the point I chose to stop reading. I mean nine times out of ten the book ends up being a 1 or 2 star but I think it’s guilt and FOMO. I am much better now at just giving up, which wouldn’t normally be considered a good thing for anything else!

      You are welcome 😉

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  5. I use to force myself and pull teeth to finish the books I wasn’t liking, because I use to think that it made me a bad person or because others liked it, I should too. However, as I grew in my reading journey I realized that was complete BS and began DNFing books that I wasn’t vibing. So for three years now I have been implementing the rule that I give a book 20% and if by then it hasn’t grasped me, I can set it down and DNF.

    This way has lifted so much pressure off my shoulders you would not believe (or maybe you can); I honestly have found so many amazing books that I genuinely love solely because I freed up that time.

    Loved your thoughts on this!

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    1. Oooh I like that rule, if something hasn’t ‘grabbed’ by the 20% or 25% mark to just call it quits. That makes sense because if you’re that % way through the book and it’s not doing it for you it’s enough of the book to know. I always think that I have to just keep going a few more chapters to give it a go but I often resent it.

      I’m going to do your 20% rule from now on because that’s definitely enough of the book to know if it’s for me!

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