Reading Update #2: Too many DNFs

Hey everyone! I’m back with another reading update. Even though I haven’t been very active on here, I’ve been reading and picking up whatever I’m in the mood for. Lately, that’s mostly been sci-fi/fantasy and throwback YA novels, which I’m still waiting for someone to create a readathon around so we can read YA books published before 2003 together.


I have no problem setting books aside for later or not finishing books at all, but I’m always sad when those books are ones that I highly anticipated. Unfortunately, I dnf’d American Gods, Descendant of the Crane and Wicked Saints. I struggled through them and even managed to finish other books during their loan periods. I renewed them and eventually returned them, but I may try Descendant of the Crane in audiobook format later. I shelved Red Sister as “to-be-continued.”

A few of my library holds came in recently so I’m reading:

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: Sanderson is a new-to-me author. I read and enjoyed Skyward a few weeks ago so I was happy to dive into this. This is a fucking behemoth of a book. The audiobook is 45 hours long. FORTY-FIVE HOURS. I had to restart it multiple times to understand what’s going on, but I’m 43% into it.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire: McGuire is also a new-to-me author. This is my first time reading her work. It’s a weird book.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I’m buddy reading Aurora Rising with Swetlana at The Caffeinated Bookworm Life and failing miserably. Sadly, it’s a pretty disappointing book. I expected more from this duo.

I sold a few books at my local used bookstore and used some of the credit to buy Scythe and Thunderhead. I borrowed them from the library and loved the series so I wanted my own copies. I have a review for them in my backlog.

Most of the books I read are from the the library (yay me and my bank account!), but I did buy Monstress Vol. 1 ($15), A Game of Thrones ($10) and The Rage of Dragons ($1.99) recently.


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books I mentioned in this post? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

16 thoughts on “Reading Update #2: Too many DNFs

  1. ahh it’s sad to hear that you’re not enjoying Aurora Rising! It’s on my TBR list as one of those books I really want to read when I get around to it… I do hope you’ll pick up Red Sister again though. one of my faves 😉

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    1. I’m planning to pick up Red Rising again before the year ends. I have the audiobook now so I’m hoping that helps me adjust to the writing style.

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  2. Ooh I was looking forward to reading descendant of the crane, wicked saints and red sister.. Maybe I should lower my expectations a bit!

    (Www.evelynreads.com)

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    1. You might enjoy them because lots of other people have. I’m going to continue Red Sister at some point this year. I had to set it aside for now because the writing style was kind of confusing and I wasn’t making any progress.

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  3. Oh no, 3/4 books you DNFed are on my TBR list 😀 I’m the most excited about Wicked Saints, already ordered, should receive the final copy very soon.
    And you should read Scythe! Like, now. No, but seriously! It’s amazing, read it. (no pressure 😀 )

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  4. It’s always tough when you’re just not feeling a book.
    Right now I’m finishing up A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World which is a wonderful book but not quite sure what I feel about it yet — guess a lot is riding on the ending!

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  5. Sorry you had some DNFs! I just finished RED SISTER and enjoyed it, so hopefully it will work better for you the second time around! Good luck with The Way of Kings! I read that end of last year, it’s definitely a bit of a slog in the middle, but man can Sanderson write an ending. I’m reading the sequel next month, preparing myself to not get a lot of other reading done while I chew through that 1000+ pages.

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    1. I FINISHED THE WAY OF KINGS!!!! I’m so proud of myself for reading such a massive book. And I actually enjoyed it. I’m planning to continue the series at some point.

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