Pages

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My first DNF in over two years!


Synopsis:
Joe has a beautiful house, a great job, no commitments - and he likes it like that. All he needs is a quiet house-sitter for his rambling old place by the sea. When Tess turns up on his doorstep, he’s not sure she’s right for the job. Where has she come from in such a hurry? Her past is a blank and she’s a bit of an enigma. But there’s something about her - even though sparks fly every time they meet. 
And it looks like she’s here to stay


Well, this one sure didn't go as planned. The synopsis sounded great and the setting was one that I would like to run off to. But the book in action was just not working for me. When I went back over to Goodreads to mark it as a DNF, I started to read what others thought about this book and I found out that the author just writes organically without a plan. Um, I wish I would've known that earlier because then the crazy writing would have actually made sense. She doesn't use tenses correctly and sometimes she shows up as the narrator. All in all, it boils down to confusing and frustrating.

I haven't given up on a book in over two years, friends! But lately I've been feeling that I'm reading too much for others and not enough for myself. So, I put it down because I have so many other great books waiting for me and I had already given this one 3 days that I can never get back! Ugh!

I may pick it up again....maybe this summer? maybe not, but guess what? I feel absolutely no stress about not finishing it. That in and of itself is progress baby!!!

Author: Freya North
Source: review copy from Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: British Chick Lit
Pages: 498
Published:  January 1, 2012
*Uncorrected eARC via NetGalley


Disclaimer:Thank you toSourcebooks Landmark/NetGalley for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.

Review Book #1
© 2011, Staci of Life in the Thumb. All Rights Reserved. If you reading this on a site other than, Life in the Thumb or Staci's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.

68 comments:

  1. This sounds like you made the right decision. Onward and upward to a better book.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Diane. It was hard at first to do it but then I decided that I really just want to read what I like...so I just shut off the button on my Kindle, closed the cover and walked away!

      Delete
  2. I have a hard time letting it go if I don't like a book also... so I get that :):):) Bummer it wasn't a good one for you... you are right, the synopsis sounded great! :):):):):):):):):):):)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I always had such a hard time too Julie. In fact, I would feel guilty about it!! Crazy, I know!

      Delete
  3. "...doesn't use tenses correctly". What?! Nope. Not a book I'd enjoy. Sounds rather annoying. I'm glad you didn't feel you had to finish it, Staci. That IS progress :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Sounds like the whole writing organically thing might be a cop out for not wanting to self-edit! I don't think I would have been able to finish it either.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not sure but it didn't work for me. I did notice that some people truly enjoyed it. Just not me.

      Delete
  5. That is most definitely progress - congratulations! ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Yay you putting it aside, I wouldn't be giving it any more time, holidays or not!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow, if this was your first DNF in two years, I don't think I want to pick it up. I rarely don't finish a book and it always pains me when I do.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kathy,
      I totally understand! I would carry this guilt and then wonder if maybe at some point I would have liked the book. I may pick this one up again in the summer with a different attitude.

      Delete
  8. I say why waste time on books that don't work for you. I haven't had a DNF in a long while, but I'm sure there will be more. Sorry this didn't work out for you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've had a few that I would have liked to put down but always felt like I had to finish because they were review copies. I no longer feel that way! :D

      Delete
  9. Staci,
    I loved this book, although I have heard from other readers that her tone and style turns them off. I have noticed that many British authors of chick Lit do use this style. Sorry you didn’t like it. Have you her novel “Pillow Talk”?

    Best Wishes,
    Angela Renee

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Angela,
      I haven't heard of Pillow Talk. I would be willing to try this one again but for now I just needed to walk away from it. Just not flowing for me at all. I'm a huge fan of Brit Chick Lit but I've never read anything written quite like this.

      Delete
  10. Oh dear, seems we both had a bit of bad karma with our reading selection. I'm totally with you -- put that baby aside and move on!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know...our next ones will be better for sure!!

      Delete
  11. I have been DNF-ing a lot. Too many other good books out there to spend time with one you're not enjoying!

    ReplyDelete
  12. This sounds confusing....she shows up as the narrator...ok weird

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Her voice as the narrator, not her as a character...if you understand what I'm trying to say?

      Delete
  13. Hmmmm, I started this the other day and I'm not minding it so far. I'm not too far in though. I hope I feel differently than you. Lol.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Good for you Staci! I was able to get through this book because it provided an escape when I really needed one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just read your review, Nise. I'm glad that this was a escape book for you. I'm taking your advice though and when I need to just get away in my mind I may pick this one up again in the summer.

      Delete
  15. I think I will stay away from this one. I know if you didn't care for it, there is no way in h-e-double hockeysticks that I will.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ryan,
      I seriously think you would not care for it at all!

      Delete
  16. Can't use a tense correctly? How do books like this get published? Glad you had the courage to put it down.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe they like quirky??? I don't know but I'm glad that I had the strength to put it down and not carry any book loser guilt over it!

      Delete
  17. How frustrating! But there are just too many books out there to waste time on one that is annoying!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is exactly what I thought too Melissa!

      Delete
  18. Sorry this one didn't work for you, but you're right that you shouldn't stick with a book that isn't working for you. I think the style of writing you described would annoy and frustrate me too. Hoping your next read is better!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I read Agatha Christie right after and totally enjoyed it!

      Delete
  19. Sometimes you see this style of writing with the popular, established writers and you chalk it up to them being eccentric. But when the author is fairly unknown, or not as recognizable by name, you have to wonder how such a thing could even be published. I mean, this sounds like a real train wreck.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I guess she's a big hit in Great Britain. I have yet to warm up to her style!!

      Delete
  20. I loved Freya North's earlier books, but she has lost something and so I gave her up some time ago. I'm shocked that you had such problems with the text, because this has been out in the UK for a while. It really should have been picked up, and you definitely did the right thing putting the book down.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will try to finish it this summer but it just wasn't working for me. I do however, want to know their secrets!! LOL!

      Delete
  21. I've started giving myself permission to put books down too (well, okay, only 2 last year). There's so little time and there are too many good books to read!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hear you, Stacy!! I will do it again if the book just isn't working for me!!!

      Delete
  22. I have had books that for whatever reason - they are not a fit... currently. Occasionally I try again at other times.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I may try this one again, later in the year!

      Delete
  23. So many books, so little time! you did the right thing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Mystica..you are so right!

      Delete
  24. Wow - two years?!? This is definitely progress. Good for you! I hope your current book is magnificent! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's actually pretty good so that is an improvement!

      Delete
  25. YTou win some and you lose some. There are more books I DNF than I care to admit!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would feel guilty about stopping a book but I've decided that life is too short so I'm moving on!

      Delete
  26. The switching tenses and jumping around would bother me too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. it just didn't flow right...threw off my reading balance!! :D

      Delete
  27. That happens to all of us. Good that you aren't wasting any more time on it. I already abandoned one this year and we aren't even through January yet!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm releasing myself from the guilt!!!

      Delete
  28. Good for you! There really are too many great books out there to find to be wasting time on a bad one.

    ReplyDelete
  29. I don't think this would work for me either. Thanks for your honest review. Better to spend your time on books you enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My thoughts exactly, Linda! I'm shedding that thing called guilt!

      Delete
  30. I don't DNF a lot of books either...in fact last year I only pushed one book aside. I considered going back to it but I still haven't so it doesn't seem quite likely. Good for you for making the decision to find a book that you actually WANT to read :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm really working really hard at it because I just want to experience reading this year in a different way...more fluid and less structured!

      Delete
  31. Two years?! I can't believe it. Doesn't take much for me to put something down. I have little patience. At least you tried :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm getting better aren't I??? BTW..I can't tell you how many reviews I've said no to!! I'm loving the freedom of it all!!

      Delete
  32. Yea for you saying no! It does feel freeing doesn't it. I'm so glad you are staying strong!

    ReplyDelete
  33. I'm sorry to hear this book didn't work for you. I wanted you to like it so much, thinking I would enjoy it.

    I still might try it :)

    I have given myself permission to not finish books, so freeing! Good for you

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You must try it, Mari! I could just be weird!! I have granted permission to myself too...and loving it!

      Delete
  34. I've recently started to give myself permission to DNF a book. I'm not sure why I feel obligated to finish a book that I start. My TBR list is too long for me to waste time on a book that is going nowhere.

    ReplyDelete

Hello Friends!! I want to take this moment to say thank you. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and thank you for leaving me a comment.

* Because of the excessive spam I have decided not to allow anonymous users to comment.

Happy Reading!