The DNF Pile | Part 1

With an ever-growing TBR pile and not enough time to read every book, it’s a saddening prospect when you realise you must put one down in order to move onto another.

Typically, books are added to the DNF pile because they failed to meet expectations, or you didn’t jive with the characters/story/writing. It’s always a struggle to admit that maybe this book isn’t right for you, that it’s time to move on to something better. Sometimes it’s a reluctant goodbye as you fall into a reading slump or must focus on important real world work.

There is no shame in it. That book may not be your cup of tea, or the timing just isn’t right, and that’s fine. So here is a list of some of the books on my DNF pile as of April 2017 and why they were added to the pile.

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5/5 stars


I absolutely adored this book, however, I cannot quite pinpoint why.
Maybe my love stems from the love of the movie, maybe I adore Gaiman’s ability to balance Coraline’s child-like nature and her intelligence, maybe it’s due to the uniqueness of the story. Or maybe the reason is something completely different.

This read was fantastically creepy and quick to digest. Gaiman’s end of novel Q&A was brilliantly witty and humorous. And Coraline teaches readers that you can be scared and afraid, however, you can still be brave and achieve.

I Cannot wait to read more of Gaiman’s work.

Nightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski

*This review may contain spoilers, read at your own risk*

Quick Synopsis: Marin and Kana’s island is on a 28 year cycle -14 years of day and 14 years of night. When night approaches the islanders remove the locks from doors, rearrange furniture and clean their homes with lime, all in preparation for leaving the island; The rituals are bizarre and yet the adults will not discuss it. When the ships arrive to move everyone to the Desert Lands Marin’s friend goes missing, she and Kana are the only ones who can find him. But Night is falling. Their island is changing. And it may already be too late. Continue reading “Nightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski”