Solving for Tsundoku: Embrace the DNF
Solving for Tsundoku / January 20, 2018

 is a series of posts focused on making peace with the piles.   Ahhh, the dreaded DNF: Did Not Finish. To many bibliophiles, this is considered blasphemy. To read a book is to make a commitment. Many of us were taught as children to be Finishers, and when you as passionate about something like books you take that seriously. Once you start something, you are committed and you see it through. Right? Take a moment and reflect on 2017. Was there a book you picked up and read all the way through, even though it was torture? Even though you thought it was poorly written, you didn’t connect with the characters, the plot was ridiculous, etc, etc etc? What about the book didn’t you connect with? Why did you keep reading despite this feeling? As the piles of books in the rooms of our house have grown into furniture and fine sculptures, as I have grown older, I have changed my philosophy when it comes to reading. I am now firmly in support of DNFing books. When I was younger, I pushed relentlessly through. But my life motto is basically Life is too short to read bad books. (If anyone knows…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Accidentally DNF’d
Top Ten Tuesday / September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: books you had a hard time with. There are a lot of directions I could take this. I could look at the hyped books I never really go into (probably most of them), the books I dragged myself through (mostly in school), or even the books I intentionally DNF’d. However, I have a small problem I’ve been hiding from the bookish world. I tend to start books… and never finish them. I know, I know! But hear me out: I am involved in quite a few book clubs. Too many, one might say. And sometimes, I find that I just can’t get all the reading in for that month. So, I start a book, but I end up unable to finish it. Yet, I keep it around. I might not have been completely smitten with it, but the book is definitely worth reading and finishing. So what happens? The next month comes around and I’m drowning in book club books. The cycle continues. Therefore, I have quite a few accidental DNFs on my To Read list. I’ve started them, but for some reason or…

The Fortress at the End of Time
Book Review / February 27, 2017

Title: The Fortress at the End of Time Author: Joe M. McDermott Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor.com Release Date: January 17th, 2017 Format: eBook Pages: 305 Source: Owned In The Fortress at the End of Time, humanity has expanded across the galaxy by use of ansible and clone technology, but an enemy stands in their way—an enemy alien in concept as much as physiology. Ronaldo Aldo is a clone stationed in the back-end of nowhere—a watch station with a glorious military past, but no future. He’s desperate to prove himself worthy of ascension—of having his consciousness broadcast to a newer clone, far away from his current post at the Citadel.   (via Goodreads) Amazon   I picked up this book for my Science Fiction/Fantasy book club. I was really excited because I was going to be reading a book within weeks of it being published. I never do that! And yet… I knew within 5 pages that I would likely DNF this book. By the time I reached 38%, I was done. I couldn’t read another word in The Fortress at the End of Time. The premise of the book is simple: The clone of a soldier exists on the other…

The Girl with All the Gifts
Book Review / May 6, 2016

Title: The Girl with All the Gifts Author: M. R. Carey Genre: Horror Publisher: Orbit Release Date: June 19th, 2014 Format: Hardback Pages: 460 Source: Library Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad. (via Goodreads) Amazon This would have been the 62nd book I’ve read this year. Not too bad for progress as of early May. However, I had to stop reading it. The first Did Not Finish (DNF) of a book I REALLY wanted to read. The Girl with All the Gifts is a book where the less you know about the book going into it, the better….

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