Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Decided to DNF Because I Lost Interest

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


June 5:

Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.)

My Twist:

Books I Decided to DNF Because I Lost Interest


I received e-arcs of all these books from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Would Everybody Please Stop?

Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas

by Jenny Allen

“One of the funniest writers in America.”
That’s what The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz calls Jenny Allen—and with good reason. In her debut essay collection, the longtime humorist and performer declares no subject too sacred, no boundary impassable.
With her eagle eye for the absurd and hilarious, Allen reports from the potholes midway through life’s journey. One moment she’s flirting shamelessly—and unsuccessfully—with a younger man at a wedding; the next she’s stumbling upon X-rated images on her daughter’s computer. She ponders the connection between her ex-husband’s questions about the location of their silverware, and the divorce that came a year later. While undergoing chemotherapy, she experiments with being a “wig person.” And she considers those perplexing questions that we never pause to ask: Why do people say “It is what it is”? What’s the point of fat-free half-and-half ? And haven’t we heard enough about memes?
Jenny Allen’s musings range fluidly from the personal to the philosophical. She writes with the familiarity of someone telling a dinner party anecdote, forgoing decorum for candor and comedy. To read Would Everybody Please Stop? is to experience life with imaginative and incisive humor.

DNF Review – I read about the first 30-ish pages. It wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t funny like I thought it was supposed to be. It got very deep into her personal life and struggles quickly, and I just don’t know anything about her, it was hard to want to continue. I then got distracted by other books and don’t really feel like finishing – I’m pretty picky with nonfiction and members that I finish, usually I have to really already know about the person/topic. I requested this when I was on a celebrity memoirs binge which I’m now over.

It does have really great ratings from other people, its just not for me.


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How the Hell Did This Happen?

The Election of 2016

by P. J. O’Rourke

This election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and die-hard Republican P. J. O’Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. As P.J. put it, “America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692. So why not put Hillary on the dunking stool?”

In How the Hell Did This Happen?, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some seriously risky business. Starting in June 2015, he asks, “Who are these jacklegs, high-binders, wire-pullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots, four-flushers and animated spittoons offering themselves as worthy of America’s highest office?” and surveys the full cast of presidential candidates including everyone you’ve already forgotten and everyone you wish you could forget.

P.J. offers a brief history of how our insane process for picking who will run for president evolved, from the very first nominating convention (thanks, Anti-Masonic Party) through the reforms of the Progressive era (because there’s nothing that can’t be worsened by reform) to the present. He takes us through the debates and key primaries and analyzes everything from the campaign platforms (or lack thereof) to presidential style (“Trump’s appearance—indeed, Trump’s existence—is a little guy’s idea of living large. A private plane! A swell joint in Florida! Gold-plated toilet handles!”). And he rises from the depths of despair to come up with a better way to choose a president. Following his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary and the Beginning of End Times in November, P.J. reckons with a new age: “America is experiencing a change in the nature of leadership. We’re getting rid of our leaders. And we’re starting at the top.”

DNF Review – I requested this back after the election because I was p*ssed off. I still am, I dislike this entire administration. The reason I lost interest in this isn’t that my opinions changed, but that reading about politics just tends to make me angry and confused at this point and that honestly, I don’t want to read the stuff I have to read for Gov/Econ let alone extra stuff, not the books fault, just a change in personal preference/interest in reading.


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Democrazy

A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, and Finger Food

by Trey Radel

Primary Colors meets This Town: a brutally honest, outrageous, funny, and irreverent memoir by a former GOP congressman.

In 2013, when Washington D.C. law enforcement learned that Trey Radel, then a Republican congressman from Florida, had bought cocaine, he quickly became the target of a police sting. In October of that year, Radel was arrested for attempting to buy cocaine from an undercover cop, and subsequently became the subject of intense media coverage and scrutiny. When Radel resigned in 2014, he left with insider knowledge that remains unknown to most American citizens.

Democrazy is Radel’s candid account of the making of a modern political star and the inner workings of Congress. In his memoir, Radel recounts his early days as a TV news reporter and radio show host before running for Congress in 2012, a decision that would launch the new, infamous chapter of his life. Radel entered the political sphere with the same ideological fervor of most first-time politicians–he loved America and wanted to serve his country and its people. But Radel’s optimism waned as he witnessed the wheelings and dealings of Congress’s most powerful members. Told with humor and irreverence, Radel’s memoir is an entertaining, fascinating journey of an unlikely politician.

DNF Review – Similar to How the Hell Did This Happen?, I requested this back after the election because I was p*ssed off. I still am, I dislike this entire administration. The reason I lost interest in this isn’t that my opinions changed, but that reading about politics just tends to make me angry and confused at this point and that honestly, I don’t want to read the stuff I have to read for Gov/Econ let alone extra stuff, not the books fault, just a change in personal preference/interest in reading. I know this book is more humorous than serious like the other one, but the basic reasoning still applies.


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Ahe’ey

by Jamie Le Fay

DNF Review – I was part of a blog tour for this book, and I posted Blog Tour: Ahe’ey – Promo – but as part of that I was sent a review widget on Netgalley. It seemed kind of interesting, but I’ve since lost interest. Its pretty long, and sounds a little preachy. I know a lot of people love this, and I haven’t really given it a chance, but if I go into it begrudgingly, I’m not going to like it from the get-go so I don’t feel like I’m going to get to this unless someone really convicts me to.


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Nostalgic Rain: Galaxies Away

by A.S. Altabtabai

What seventeen-year-old Leland finds in the abandoned basement of his house is something he will never forget.
Leland lost his father when he was seven. Since then, he has successfully adapted to the awful life of being a student, the man of the house, and a father figure to his two younger siblings. All of that changes when he and his best friends stumble upon a secret in his deserted basement, and fall into another dimension with three moons, foggy woods, and an ancient castle-Oremanta.
Learning who he really is, how he came to this remote planet, and the shocking, ugly mystery of Oremanta aren’t as bad as the quest he finds himself obligated to complete-killing someone he never thought he’d meet in Oremanta to save everyone.

DNF Review – I haven’t heard much about this book. I requested it when I was in a big reading slump and basically was requesting anything that seemed vaguely interesting. I didn’t realize it was part of a series, and I don’t want to commit to that. It also seems too short to deal with the multitude of things the synopsis seems to be alluding to and I just generally don’t feel like reading this when I have so many other books I’d rather read.


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Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman

by Andy Mangels

Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman, the most beloved female icons of 1970s television, come together for globe-trotting action against their worst enemies! Diana Prince and Jaime Sommers team up to fight a rogue cabal bent on wreaking havoc and stealing deadly weapons. Can CASTRA be stopped before their real targets are revealed and lives are lost? And what three familiar villains threaten the unbeatable combination of bracelets and bionics? Bestselling author Andy Mangels (Star Trek, Star Wars) and artist Judit Tondora (Grimm Fairy Tales) join forces for a celebration of the original Girl Power!

I wanted to read this book SO MUCH. It seemed super interesting even though I don’t know much about Jamie Sommers. It expired on Adobe Digital editions before I could finish though, so I mostly flicked through it. It seemed interesting, but it probably would have needed up a skim read as these sorts of books en up for me. If you like Jamie Sommers and Wonder Woman, you’ll probably love this.


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You’re Not That Great

(but neither is anyone else)

by Elan Gale

I am addicted to positivity. I am addicted to positivity. I am addicted to positivity.

I care more about feeling great than being great.

I am NOT THAT GREAT.

The self-help industry tells you that if you’re positive, if you put your best foot forward and if you just believe in yourself that you will find happiness. Let’s be real, you can read all the inspirational quotes you want. You can spend your days giving yourself affirmations in your heart-shaped mirror and trying to learn to love yourself. You can say your mantra over and over again while sitting cross-legged on a yoga mat in a Whole Foods parking lot. But the truth is, you’re not a badass and you still don’t have the life you want. That’s where You’re Not That Great (but neither is anyone else) comes in. This book teaches you how to harness all the negativity in the world and use it to improve your life, taking everyday feelings like self-loathing, regret and shame and making them work for you. Positive thinking is for assholes. Negative thinking is for winners.

DNF Review – I started this, but it felt kind of preachy, it was so aggressively “not” a self help” book that it felt like one. It was aiming for funny and I just didn’t find it that. Maybe as a teenager I just couldn’t relate, but I didn’t feel like finishing this.


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It’s Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It’s Really Funny)

by ​Kurt Luchs

This collection of stories by Kurt Luchs pursues its comedic quarry with the ruthlessness of a pussycat trying to get out of a cardboard box. Luchs, who has written for august literary organs such as The Onion, The New Yorker, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and even been published by some of them, is an inspired comic writer in the tradition of P.J. Wodehouse, S.J. Perelman, and Woody Allen, for whom not only the world but language itself is a source of constant delight. Even the hilarity he generates is not an end in itself; the convulsing diaphragms of his laughing readers are in his hands a remotely operated musical instrument bridging the woodwind and percussion sections.

DNF Review – Similar to some other DNFs, I requested this when I was on memoir kick and quickly realized I didn’t care much for them unless I already adored the author/subject. This honestly wasn’t funny to me and I didn’t feel like continuing.


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Monsters of the Ivy League

by Ellis Weiner, Steve Radlauer

If, like most Americans, you think an Ivy League diploma paves the way to Nobel Prizes, Wall Street riches, and a life of prosperity and happiness, think again. Consider these “distinguished” alumni:
John Fairbanks (Dartmouth AB, 1946), embezzlerAmy Bishop (Harvard Ph.D., 1993), mass murdererEliot Spitzer (Princeton BA, 1981; Harvard JD, 1984), disgraced NY governor and patron of prostitutesCardinal Bernard F. Law (Harvard BA, 1952), protector of abusive priestsJeffrey Skilling (Harvard MBA, 1979), felonious Enron CEOMadison Grant (Yale BA, 1887; Columbia LL.B.), eugenicistAnn Coulter (Cornell BA, 1984), professional bullyJonah Lehrer (Columbia BA, 2003), plagiaristTheodore Kaczynski (Harvard BA, 1962), the UnabomberIn 85 brief profiles of murderers, rapists, racists, cheaters, lying politicians, slavers, oligarchs, war criminals, traitors, forgers, kiddie-porners, and other moral reprobates, MONSTERS OF THE IVY LEAGUE effectivel–and entertainingly!–bursts the bubble of America’s obsession with elite colleges.

If, like most Americans, you think an Ivy League diploma paves the way to Nobel Prizes, Wall Street riches, and a life of prosperity and happiness, think again. Consider these “distinguished” alumni:
John Fairbanks (Dartmouth AB, 1946), embezzlerAmy Bishop (Harvard Ph.D., 1993), mass murdererEliot Spitzer (Princeton BA, 1981; Harvard JD, 1984), disgraced NY governor and patron of prostitutesCardinal Bernard F. Law (Harvard BA, 1952), protector of abusive priestsJeffrey Skilling (Harvard MBA, 1979), felonious Enron CEOMadison Grant (Yale BA, 1887; Columbia LL.B.), eugenicistAnn Coulter (Cornell BA, 1984), professional bullyJonah Lehrer (Columbia BA, 2003), plagiaristTheodore Kaczynski (Harvard BA, 1962), the UnabomberIn 85 brief profiles of murderers, rapists, racists, cheaters, lying politicians, slavers, oligarchs, war criminals, traitors, forgers, kiddie-porners, and other moral reprobates, MONSTERS OF THE IVY LEAGUE effectively–and entertainingly!–bursts the bubble of America’s obsession with elite colleges.

(Sort of) DNF Review – This was a DNF because the file expired on Adobe Digital Editions before I could finish. I did think this was super clever as an idea, and the sections were varied and interesting. Especially helpful in mitigating stress during college applications and reminding yourself that where you go isn’t the end all be all of your life. Some parts were a little bogged down in detail or too serious when I felt they should have tried for a little more humor because the entire book seems like its kind of poking fun, but what I read was solid.


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Kiss Me, Kill You

by Larissa C. Hardesty

Emmy Duivel believes in true love: heart-stopping kisses, candlelight dinners, and a connection that lasts forever. But not the kind of kisses that land your date in the hospital. Emmy always knew she was different, but not in the supernatural sense. Not in the succubus sense.
Paul Andinn had only one job: watch over Emmy and make sure she doesn’t expose the supernatural world. It should have been easy, but the moment he looked away, she kissed that boy, and everything changed.
He should be more upset. But he can’t. Not when he’s falling hard for her.

DNF Review – I ADORE this cover. I just lost interest in reading this, it seems a little too familiar and I’m kind of sick of paranormal romance fiction at this point, so I don’t think I can approach this fairly; I’d rather read other books I own.


This took SO LONG! To be fair, this was probably too much effort for a TTT, its 10 DNF reviews – though I had to write them anyway.

I’ve said before, that I have a ton of Netgalley book DNF reviews to write not because the books are bad or really deserve a DNF but because I personally lost interest in reading them. This is the fault of the massive request spree I had on Netgalley earlier last year because I got very excited about actually getting approved for things. This is how I’m dealing with it…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


May 29: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In


Panem from The Hunger Games

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Westeros from the A Song of Ice and Fire 

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The world of Shatter Me 

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The world of The Darkest Minds

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The world of The 5th Wave

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The world of Illuminae

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The world of Renegades

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Ravka from The Grisha Verse

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Character Names

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


May 22: Best Character Names (make this as narrow/broad as you’d like)


These are just personal favorites.

Blue Sargent (The Raven Cycle)

Sherlock Holmes (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

Kaz (Six of Crows)

Bram Greenfield (Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda)

Magnus Bane (The Mortal Instruments)

Chaos Westfall (Throne of Glass)

Renesmee Carlie Cullen (Twilight)

America Singer (The Selection)

Carter Blume (Bad Girls Don’t Die)

Zach Goode (Gallagher Girls)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


May 15: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights)


Anthem

I hated this book SO MUCH. But I won an essay contest for it so… Award Winning Essayist!!!!

The Metamorphosis

SO BORING. But I can use this on the AP test.

Uh-Oh Plato! (Platon La gaffe)

Hated it, but I’m closer to catching up on my net galley reviews.

The Count of Monte Cristo

Hated this before I even read it, but at least now I can justify my hatred.

Marvel's Captain America: Sub Rosa

Some novelizations are just not good. Gives me hope because I know I COULD DO BETTER THAN THIS.

A Raisin in the Sun

Another school book I found painfully boring, but I got A’s on all my assignments , so it was worth it to read it I guess.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


May 8: Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title)


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


May 1: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early (Submitted by Emma)


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Super Sons Vol. 3: Parent Trap

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Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words In YA Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


April 24: Frequently Used Words In [Insert Genre/Age Group] Titles

  • Frequently Used Words In YA Book Titles

War Storm (Red Queen, #4)Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse, #2)Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

STORM


Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3)

QUEEN


A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)

THORNS


Darker Still (Magic Most Foul, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

DARK


Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1)

SHADOW


Girl Against the UniverseGirl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

GIRL


My Heart and Other Black HolesThe Lonely Hearts Club (The Lonely Hearts Club, #1)The Hearts We Sold

HEART


Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)Kiss Cam

KISS


The Crown (The Selection, #5)Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game, #2)

CROWN


The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)

FIRE


Others:

Royal

Sky

Night

Top Ten Tuesday: Netgalley Books I Shouldn’t Have Requested

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


April 17: Freebie (create your own topic)


I have an issue where, last year, I over-requested way too many books on Netgalley that I was only vaguely interested in – and have now completely lost interest in in the face of other books. I have made the decision to DNF a few of these – there is no way I can read 50 books I am only somewhat vaguely interested by. Its my own fault, but I was so excited by Netgalley and didn’t think I’d get approved for a 1/4th and well… Lesson learned.

So, this will be 10 mini DNF / Why I lost interest reviews. Let me know if there are any I should give a fair shot, etc.


Myth and fantasy collide in “the most haunting love story,” perfect for fans of Maas’s A Court of Thorns & Roses and Pocahontas.

ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER.

Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

This book looked really interesting. But I’ve seen a lot of unfavorable reviews – several mentioning things about the romance etc. that really put me off wanting to read it. I know a lot of people love it – but I don’t think I’d be one of them.


This book is SUPER interesting. This isn’t even a real DNF review – Its not that I don’t want to finish it, its that I’ll never fully read it. I flick through chapters and find it interesting, but its really long to sit and read cover to cover as a nonfiction book and the way its bogs itself down with details makes it hard to read for long periods.

Alexandria Prep is hacked in this exhilarating whodunit set in the age of social media and the cloud—Pretty Little Liars meets WikiLeaks.
 
Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.

But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public. 

Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives: 

Sometimes we share too much. 

It seemed interesting when I requested, but now I’ve seen too many books that use this sort of plot point to preach about millennial/teenagers and the superficial dangers of social media in a way that you can tell its an adult judging teens whose writing – that generalization combined with middling reviews makes me not to keen to actually get to this one.

Caleb has been changing ever since the memory-stealing blackouts started. He’s always been the good, dependable, honor-student son, but now his parents have vanished. A voice inside keeps telling him their disappearance is his fault. And the voice keeps getting louder. Taunting him. Threatening him.

And now Caleb’s kidnapped a little girl. He did it to protect her, but he’s starting to wonder if he’s the one she needs protection from.

Then there’s his comic-book-fangirl friend, Kitzi. Kitzi knows a secret she can’t share. It’s locked up in her head behind the brain damage that took away her ability to talk to people. Kitzi wants to help Caleb, but she suspects a connection between this little girl and the Outs—one that threatens the whole world. If she can survive Caleb’s mistakes and the strange little girl’s reality-bending fits long enough to put the pieces together, her secret might save them. Or it could mean the end of everything.

For fans of Brandon Sanderson’s STEELHEART and Jonathan Maberry’s ROT & RUIN, as well as those who enjoy manga like FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST and mainstream comics.

This is the one I feel the worst about DNFing, because I was SO EXCITED to read this when I found it. Especially since its compared to a lot of books I really like. But so many bad and mediocre reviews have put me off of it.

Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver for tweens in this gripping story about the power of words and the dangers of censorship.

In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world. 

On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.

 

Politics has me so STRESSED lately, that I’m pretty much put off of any book with a strong political message for the foreseeable future – I read to escape the world, not get more stressed about it. I know people really love this book – but I don’t have a good headspace for it.


The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world.

He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her…

Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

This one probably has the most valid reason for a DNF – my adobe digital editions file expired, and I don’t have enough interest to go seek it out on my own.


There are only three things fifteen-year-old Victoria Markham truly enjoys: English class, her signature “Goth Girl” look, and art. It’s just that she tends to do the last one late at night, with spray paint, in public places. It isn’t long before Vic is caught red-handed and forced into community service with a bunch of stereotypes: there’s Rachael, the princess; Russell and Peter, a pair of fist-bumping punks; and Zach, the rich jock, who Vic is secretly crushing on. The motley crew has to collaborate to produce a mural for Halifax, but getting it organized is like herding cats.

On top of all that, Vic’s mother’s boyfriend, the only father figure Vic has ever known and the one who taught her to paint, left them both. Vic’s mother is still reeling, her relationship with her daughter strained. She doesn’t understand Vic’s insistence on spiking her hair, piercing her nose and lip, and wearing black clothing and heavy makeup. Vic is convinced her mother doesn’t care enough to find out what’s really behind the get-up.

Tensions run high as Vic tries to figure out who she is: Victoria Markham, or Goth Girl? Sometimes, there’s more to people than meets the eye.

The more I see about this book – the preachier it sounds, and the more I can tell its an adult trying to write a teen. I have pretty much lost all interest in reading this.


“Den of Shadows was absolutely amazing. It is full of mystery, intrigue and felt a little bit magical.” Rebecca Evans

The Gambler’s Den weaves its away across the desert… But will it stop at your station?

While fighting off poverty in the blistering desert heat a travelling casino offers one night of solace. One chance to change your fortunes. But once on board there is more to the show than meets the eye: enter Franco, the elaborate ringleader, Wyld the stowaway thief and Misu the fire breathing showgirl.

In a kingdom ruled by the law Franco ensures his den remains in line. But when he’s faced with saving the fate of the train, and those on board, he may be forced to break his own rules. Life on the den isn’t just a job but a way of life and once you’re in you’ll never be able to leave.

This sounds a lot like other books – namely Caraval, and a lot of others have found it lacking. The reviews aren’t great, and I just lost interest.


JEAN:
Could it be true? Instead of a summer playing handmaiden to Daphne, was I being delivered something entirely different–a summer in the spotlight? A summer starring Gil Burke and me?

Summer flings and sexy romances were Daphne’s territory. Not mine. I was the one you didn’t pick.

I swatted off my hope like a bumblebee, knowing it was already too late. I’d been deliriously stung.

FRITZ:
People always joked about summer romances because they didn’t last. Summer romances were made out of ice cream and cotton candy, intensely sweet before they melted into nothing. But I’d never thought of Gil as a summer thing.

Gil was my real love, my real first. We were outsiders together, we had each other, we didn’t care that we didn’t belong.

This book had seemed interesting – but the synopsis has left me more than a little confused, with too many character names and implications of infidelity. Also, I’ve been disliking books that focus mostly on romantic drama so I think I’m never getting to this one.


From two exciting, acclaimed authors in teen lit comes an emotionally-charged, contemporary story told in verse about friendship, romance, and the power of redemption while overcoming unbeatable odds.

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship slowly blossoms into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and their hope and dreams of a better future. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

This illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve finished.

I requested this because I LOVE dual perspective stories and thought it was cool to see one with an immigrant lead. But middling reviews have made me less invested, and since I was only invested as far as “oh, I guess this looks cool” I don’t really have an interest in getting to this.


 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


April 10: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read (submitted by Brandyn @ Goingforgoldilocks)


My Sister's Keeper

Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1)

Esperanza Rising

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Wink Poppy Midnight

When We Collided

Review: When We Collided

Waking in Time

NetGalley Review: Waking In Time

It's Kind of a Funny Story

One of Us Is Lying

Netgalley Review: One of Us is Lying

Zenn Diagram

NetGalley Review: Zenn Diagram

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


April 3: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books


Marvel's Captain America: Sub Rosa

NetGalley Review – Captain America: Sub Rosa

Rating: 2 Stars

Captain America / Steve Rogers

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

Rating: 3 Stars

Cas Lowood

The New Kid

Rating: 3 Stars

Will Hunter

Art Geeks and Prom Queens

Rating: 3 Stars

Tyler Alpine

Famous Last Words

Rating: 3 Stars

Wyatt

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Rating: 3 Stars

Rachael

Matched (Matched, #1)

Rating: 3 Stars

Xander Carrow

Thirteen Reasons Why

Rating: 3 Stars

Clay Jensen

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

Rating: 3 Stars

Lena Duchannes

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

Rating: 3 Stars

Alex Sheathes