Monday, November 2, 2009

DNF or place on hold?

Sometimes there are books that I just don't know what to do with- give up on them completely or hold off reading it until another time. Some books are just so bad that they can't be read at any time. Others are just not what's right for the mood I am in at the time I picked it up.

So, here is where this post comes in and perhaps others.

I thought I would share some info on the books that I marked as DNF and those I have placed on hold for a better time. This will also help me. I can reference these posts and make sure I am getting back to the books I want to read.


Rumer & Qix: The Race to Terra Incognita Rumer & Qix: The Race to Terra Incognita by Kathleen S. Wilson

I gave up on it for awhile because it was just not capturing my interest. I am thinking that it has to do with the fact that the genre is not something I read usually. I don't know how to describe it. A bit of fantasy, a bit dystopian. I usually don't take books to review if they are not a genre I enjoy, but the premise sounded interesting.

Rumer, a petite apprentice reporter for the 31st century Global Quotidien with a flair for fashion, loves zipping across Nanjing with her loyal sidekick, Qix, in search of stories. But now, she’s furious with her boss for asking her to cover the exploits of Alfa, the planet’s wealthiest mega-conglomerate. Her parents died in an Alfa accident and she can’t understand how he can be so insensitive. She escapes into the indie networks and soon finds herself puzzling over an image of a bizarre nature sighting. Ever since the flora and fauna were replaced with Alfa’s Syncov™ replicas eons earlier, sightings like this have been routinely dismissed. When ethereal voices relay a message confirming Rumer’s hunch that things are terribly amiss, she slips away on a globe-trotting quest for answers. An epic battle is brewing between Dr. BigCo, the powerful Alfa CEO, and his nemesis, MoNa, the vulnerable matriarch of the cosmos. Will Rumer be able to turn things around before it’s too late?

Interesting, right?

I think this will be one I put on hold.


The Harsh Cry of the Heron (Kisah Klan Otori 4) The Harsh Cry of the Heron by Lian Hearn

I had a hard time getting into this book. I put it down awhile ago having lost interest in the story and characters. It is the fourth book in the Tales of the Otori series and takes place many years after the end of the third book. The main characters are older and dealing with political issues and taking care of their territories. There is not the suspense and excitement that was part of the first three books.



Saturday Saturday by Ian McEwan

This is going back on my to-read list of books. I got a hundred pages in, reading it off and on while on vacation. I don't think I was giving it the right amount of attention that it should be given. I had to return my library books before I was finished, which I think was a good thing. I will check it out again at another time when I am in the state of mind to give it a good read.

I was so impressed with Atonement, I was surprised at my lack of interest in this one. Will definitely have to give it another try. It has been about a year, perhaps it is time to actually give it another read.

On hold for another time.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
I would love to know your thoughts on my decisions.



  1. I absolutely hated Saturday by Ian McEwan and that has put me off reading Atonement. Everyone raves about Atonement, but as Saturday was the first McEwan book I ever tried, you can see why I would be reluctant.

  2. I started reading "The Harsh Cry of the Heron". I liked the other Otori books okay, but I just could not get into this book. I ended up not finishing it and getting rid of it.

  3. I have not read any of these. And sadly, after seeing the movie version of Atonement, I don't ever feel the need to read Ian McEwan! I like your idea of this post as I know there are books I just write off as dnf when in essence it just may not have been the right timing for me to read them.

  4. i haven't read any of the books you mentioned but i am still plagued (MONTHS after the fact) that i have yet to finish 'the book thief'--a book that EVERYONE raved about. i tried to read it four or five times and never got more than 50 pages in.

    i haven't given up--i've only quit one book in my life (the house of leaves) and am too stubborn to abandon books. :)

    good luck with these!

  5. I've "read" Sat., i.e. I listened to it. There isn't as much Story to it as Atonement, which I think would have given me trouble if I had had to read it. A lot of it is the guy just musing to himself and it's through his thoughts that the story comes out, which means it's a book that unfolds slowly. Listening to it made it easier for me to keep at it because I could listen and do something else at the same time so it was less frustrating when not much actually happened. Having said that, the musings were easy to listen to and very thought provoking, as was the actual story. It's worth a read in my opinion. Different, but worth it.

  6. I'm so stubborn that I've only not finished one book this year. I need to get over that and put a book down when I don't like it.


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