What Do You Do When A Book Disappoints You?

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When I woke up this morning — dreading a gigantic load of honours thesis work — according to Goodreads I was 70% through The Magicians by Lev Grossman. This book has taken me so long to read. I was initially very excited to read it — but, as I delved deeper and deeper into this book… I found myself not quite liking it. (Though, I must point out, it’s not horrible. It does possess some good qualities, but still… I am left incredibly underwhelmed.)

However, today, I managed to finish the little bugger. And it was hard work.

Usually, when I am not enjoying a book, I put it down and officially declare it DNF. There have only been two other books that I have chosen to DNF: The Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses. And I intend to pick these two books up once again, mostly because I think the amount of hype surrounding them ruined my reading experience. I probably had too high expectations.

But with The Magicians if I had put this book down, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up again. I think that I only managed to continue with this book simply because I wanted to see if it possessed some spectacular ending that redeems the book entirely… but, it did not. I will definitely be writing up a review for this book.

My question is, when you are reading a book and not enjoying it, what do you do? Do you crowned the book DNF and move on with your next read? Or do you push through, persevere, and hope for the best?

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25 thoughts on “What Do You Do When A Book Disappoints You?

  1. I’m incredibly lucky that I usually enjoy everything I read. Even if I don’t absolutely love a book, I don’t tend to give it under three stars. And when I really can’t stand a book I usually still finish it. It’s been years since I DNF a book.

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    1. Wow, you are so lucky to not across book that you are not really enjoying! I’m going to have my fingers crossed that I have your kind of luck in the future, haha 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

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  2. First, i feel the same about the book, i was loving it… Like favorite loving it until i just didn’t want to reas it anymore. I did manage to finish it though.. Second, for me it depends how deep in the book i am… If it’s like 600 and i am not liking it i drop it, if it’s about 300 i usually do my best to finish it.

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    1. I think that’s really important, too! I was enjoying the book in the beginning, but it just started to get really bad around the middle. I just thought, oh well, I’ve come this far! Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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  3. I will try and continue reading the book but I will say I don’t find the point of reading a book which just isn’t for you! There is no point in reading what you aren’t enjoying when there are so many other books that will amaze you! Sometimes I will hold hope that the ending is magical!

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    1. I was definitely holding hope that the ending of The Magicians was… magical, haha 🙂 But seriously, I was really hoping the ending would redeem this book because there were a lot of good elements.

      And I agree — and it will have to be something that I remember instead of suffering through a book I am not enjoying 🙂

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  4. So sorry you had to DNF this book! I actually have a discussion post coming up regarding DNF-ing books, but just to give you a gist of my process, I totally put down books if I’m not obligated to review them. There are way too many books to be read and too little time to finish books you’re not enjoying! 😛

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    1. I am REALLY looking forward to your discussion post! I will definitely be taking the time to read that one 🙂 And you are so right, I’ll have to remember that instead of forcing myself through a book that I’m not really enjoying.

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  5. I’ve been fortunate enough to not come across a book that I’ve disliked so much I wanted to DNF it (I was really tempted when reading Gone Girl though, haha). I think this comes to me being extremely stubborn and even if I end up being disappointed I have to see it through to the end because my brain likes making things difficult for me, haha. Personally for me I think it’d depend on what exactly was happening in the book that I didn’t like.

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I understand what you mean about persevering because you’re stubborn, haha. I needed to see this book till the end because I just wanted to know how the author planned to finish it. 🙂

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    1. I think the ones with the hype surrounding them you want to read because you want to understand the hype! Haha. Sometimes the hype can destroy our reading, but other times it can enhance it 🙂

      Thanks for your comment!

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  6. Too bad you didn’t like it – I look forward to reading your review to hear more thoughts (I enjoyed the whole trilogy). I usually don’t DNF books often. When I do, it’s usually because I get distracted by something else lol. There were a few times I DNFed because I didn’t like a book, but usually it’s the former problem. I have a worse habit of starting series and not finishing them, even if I want to! I’m very bad at that.

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    1. That’s very interesting, I would love hear your thoughts on the series! I probably won’t pick up the rest of the books, but I would love to know why you liked the series. I just love that about book blogging — you always find someone with a different opinion than you 🙂

      And I am the exact same way! It takes me forever to finish a series once I’ve started. Even if I absolutely love the books. I’m working at it though! Haha 🙂

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  7. Blogging has actually helped me learn that I do not have to finish a book. I see that other people do it and can give myself permission. Though in general I try and finish everything for my own state of mind. But if I don’t finish I try to explain why to me blog readers.
    x The Captain
    PS I felt the same way about The Magicians.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I’m glad that I am not the only one that felt this way about The Magicians 🙂

      I’m glad that blogging has helped you learn that. You shouldn’t have to read something that bores you/you don’t like. I knew that I didn’t HAVE to finish The Magicians, but I just wanted to know how it ended. There were some great elements that I enjoyed, but they kind of got lost in the stuff that I didn’t.

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  8. I’m sorry to hear you had to DNF something you’d been so excited to read!

    Even if I’m not enjoying the book itself, I love critiquing it–figuring out its flaws and what edits might make it better.

    The only book I’ve DNFed in the last five or six years was Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, because it was (a) a couple hundred pages longer than it should’ve been, and (b) literally (figuratively) boring me to death. Long, deadly-boring books are my automatic DNFs.

    Great post! Here’s hoping the next several books you pick up are great, to make up for suffering through The Magicians. =)

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    1. It is going to be very interesting to write up this review. I managed to finish the book, and I plan to really discuss why I did not like the book. It will be quite interesting to discuss.

      Thanks for your comment!

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