The Page of Shame

Life is too short to spend reading bad books.
Find out which titles didn’t make the cut…

Life is too short to spend reading bad books.
It took me quite some time to accept IT IS OKAY not to finish a book, though still I forge on with almost everything I pick up.
I can abide poor grammar and incorrect punctuation, I’ll admit my own is nowhere near perfect. I shrug off overused phrases and vocabulary, including my most despised word ‘proverbial’ which I tend to think is used unnecessarily. Common tropes and predictability can be forgiven. Inconsistent pace, confusing timelines and irrelevant content are all acceptable to me as long as I ENJOY THE STORY, or at least some of it.
I don’t have a target number of pages or percentage of content to read before deciding a DNF, but I do have guidelines.

Here’s how to make me drop a book;
-Graphic sexual violence involving children.
Too much detail turns my stomach, not the page.
-Total lack of direction/ explanation.
If I have no idea what’s going on for too long I will lose interest.
-Incorrect genre definition or blurb
Blend, switch and tie-in different themes but if I can find no correlation between the content and the description that originally drew me to it… I’m out.
Boredom
The first title ever to land on my DNF (do-not-finish) list, hereto known as The Page of Shame, did so in 2016.
Below you can see the fiction books I won’t ever be completing. Feel free to drop me a comment if you think I should change my mind…

  • The Book Of Joan – Lidia Yuknavitch – Dystopian SciFi- 17% read

lidia yuknavitch book of joan

  • Sorry – Zoran Drvenkar – Thriller, Suspense – 45% read

sorry zoran drvenkar

  • We- Yevgeny Zamyatin – Dystopian SciFi- 32% read

we yevgeny zamyatin

  • Zoo – Jamie Mollart- Psychological – 28%zoo jamie mollart

Which books made your DNF hitlist?
Do you disagree with any of my choices?
Want me to expand on my decisions?
Let me know in the comments or @AnAverageLife88

Author: Roxanne Michelle

Dramatic, curly-haired wannabe writer from a nowhere town in Somerset. Stop-starter of all projects great and small. Here to talk books, film, mental health and lifestyle.

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