DNR Reviews (2)

Another round of DNR reviews! Woo!

Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country (Guenevere, #1) by Rosalind Miles,Heart:

Publisher: Broadway Books, 2000
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Source + Date Read: Bought + November 2012
Favourite Line: None.

I get very angry when I buy an ebook for $10 (for paper back or hardback, yes, $10 is worth the cost, but a $10 e-book? Hell nawl) and the book turns out to be utter crap and I can barely make it to 50%. In the case of this book, I think I made it to 24% and threw it away. It’s such drivel. First of all, I love Arthurian tales, and I was spoiled by the Mists of Avalon because I was under the impression that the women in the series weren’t weak but women of sound intelligence and character. Ugh.

So why then, is Guenevere the most annoying, whiney and overly-sexualized vixen in the book? And why does everyone want to have sexy with her or rape her? And why is Merlin some creepy sex-fiend? I think he called a woman a succubus. Really. Really?!

Try To Finish? Never in hell will I touch this book with a ten foot pole. I don’t even want this on my Kindle. Ugh.

The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1) by Ken Follett,HeartHeartHeartHeart:

Publisher: NAL Trade, 1989
Genre: Historical fiction
Source + Date Read: Library + January 2013
Favourite Line: “The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.”

So… This book is one of those that I feel that I should like, and I say I’ve read but when I tried to actually read it, it was a disaster. It’s all very serious and I had trouble getting into the lives of the people in the book. This made me feel bad. Why? Because the book is actually beautifully written and each character has its own flaw and unique personality to it.

It’s a good book, hence the 4 hearts, but I just need to work up the mind-frame to come back to it.

Try To Finish? Yes, but when I’ve got a chance and the stamina of course.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak,HeartHeartHeartHeart:

Publisher: Knopf Books, 2006
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
Source + Date Read: Ebook + February 2012
Favourite Line: “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

This one is a DNR for all the right reasons. First of all, this was my gym book so I’d read it when I was on the machines. When my first Kindle broke (May it rest in peace) I had to find some other way to read the book and I just never got around to it.

I found the writing style to be absolutely superb. It was so lush and rich that I quickly fell in love with the characters and each story. It was incredibly sad as well, so I made sure to read it with a positive mind set.

Try To Finish? Yes!

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It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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5 Responses to DNR Reviews (2)

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  2. DoingDewey says:

    I read the Mists of Avalon series a while ago and actually remember really not liking it. I know I felt like all the books were the same story over and over again, but I can’t remember what else I might not have liked about… It’s been a long time!

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      😮 you didnt like it?! it’s not for everyone that’s for sure, you have to like that sort of genre and style. and the other books are veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerry similar. Cause I liked MoA it was fine, but I can totally see how that would annoy someone.

  3. I was shocked to see The Book Thief on here! And then I read it wasn’t because you didn’t like it but because your Kindle broke. Phew! I do hope you get a chance to read the whole thing sometime. It’s one of my favorite books! 🙂

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