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?