Tuesday, October 27, 2009

3 Recent DNF Books...

It's been a while since I last set a book aside, but in the last month or so I've had 3 unfinished books. None of them were terrible, they just weren't really holding my attention.

A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Atria (July 21, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9781439101957
Genre: Multicultural Fiction
Source: Publisher/Book Tour

I really wanted to like this book. I enjoy multicultural fiction and it had been a while since I'd read any. I read between a third and a half of A Disobedient Girl and had a hard time staying engaged. The story and the characters were interesting, but didn't keep me drawn into the book. I found that I kept putting it aside to read other things.

Heat Wave by Richard Castle
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Hyperion (September 29, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9781401323820
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: Publisher

I have a friend who loves the show Castle. When this book arrived she snapped it up and quickly read it. I, on the other hand, have never watched the show and had no connection to the characters. I read 50 of the books 200 pages, and while it was a quick read and would have been easy to finish, there just wasn't anything special about the book for me.

Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Penguin (December 29, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9780143115977
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher

I didn't get very far in this book, only about 25 pages, before I set it aside. Usually I read more of a book before I quit, but those 25 pages took me a long time to get through. I haven't read anything by any of the Bronte sisters, and maybe I would be more drawn into the story if I had, but right now this one isn't working for me.


Lenore Appelhans said...

All good reasons to quit reading a book. There are too many books out there to spend time on ones you aren't enjoying.

Zibilee said...

Sorry to hear that A Disobedient Girl was not to your taste. I have had my eye on it for awhile, but I have had a few reservations about it. I need to adopt an attitude like yours. Sometimes I will stick to it and finish books I am hating just to finish them.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I had a hard time with A Disobedient Girl too. I read it but..........

Jenny said...

I'm disappointed to hear that about Heat Wave! BUT, I do think it will be more interesting because I do watch the show and I will hopefully pick up on things that are specific to the author being the character in the show... we'll see!

Heidenkind said...

You've never read anything by the Brontes? *falls over*

I do like the show Castle. I'm not sure I like it enough to read a book based on the fake book in the show, though....