DNF Report September 2014 It’s Me Not You

Posted October 1, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 10 Comments


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DNF Report September 2014: It’s Me Not You
(These are from May 2, 2014 to Sept 30, 2014)


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AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Listened for Review (Simon & Schuster)
Overall Rating: DNF

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick DNF Thoughts: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld will work for others but I just couldn’t stay engaged. I found myself tuning out for parts and coming back to find I didn’t think I missed much. I gave it 40% (which for this book is about the time to listen to a whole other book) so I think I gave it enough to decide if it was for me. It had a little too much angst (in both stories) to appeal to me. Also, I hope YA authors don’t act like the authors in this book because if so I hope to never hang out with them. I am guessing though it was an exaggerated version of authors in NY. There are plenty of great reviews for this book please go read them. The things I did like: the pacing was fantastic and the writing was tight. I have never read Scott before but will try him in the future.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Sheetal Sheth, Heather Lind / Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins

I thought both narrators were outstanding. They had great pacing, emotion, and deliverance. They managed to keep me going with the audiobook long after I would have normally given up. I love when narrators can do that for me. So if you get a chance listen to this on audio!

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Remember Me Like ThisRemember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Listened for Review (Random House Audio)
Overall Rating: DNF

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

It’s Not You, It’s Me DNF Review: I gave Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston 2.5 hours and just could not get into the story. This is one of those thrillers that I think you have to care about the characters in order for it to work and they just did not click with me. I do think this story will work for other people.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Mark Bramhall / Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins

Mark Bramhall did an excellent job with the narration. His pacing was excellent and each of the characters had distinct personalities that his voice enhanced. I will give books narrated by him a try in the future.

Notes about DNF Ratings: I am a moody reader. Sometimes books do not work for me simply because of the mood that I am. Plus, I think reading is so individual and what works for one reader, won’t work for all. I track all books that I read and that includes DNFs. Have to keep it real. I always suggest reading other reviews on all my DNF reviews.

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Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes (Adams Grove, #3)Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes by Nancy Naigle

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Listened for Review (Brilliance)
Overall Rating: DNF

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

DNF Reasons: I just couldn’t form a connection to either of the leading characters. I did laugh at the humor in Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes by Nancy Naigle. I would be more than willing to try some of her other books. It was just the characters in this one that did not work for me.

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YouYou by Caroline Kepnes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Read for Review (Klout Perk)
Overall Rating : DNF

I really wanted to love You by Carolyn Kepnes but it just didn’t click for me. I seriously borderlined thinking it was sheer brilliance and then sheer rubbish for close to 200 pages. Whenever you go for edgy there is always the chance you will straddle the fence on the wrong side for some readers and that is where I was this time. However I do see why some loved it. I am now going to read the end. I wanted to write my thoughts down before that because I can almost guess it will make me loath the book. It wouldn’t be fair to write after that since I don’t really know what was between 200 & the end. I gave it 2 instead of 1 star because I was oddly still borderlined when I gave up and that is all chalked up to masterful storytelling. I don’t have to like a story to be able to give a nod to the effort.

Ending thoughts: I was right, the end would have made me throw the book.

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10 responses to “DNF Report September 2014 It’s Me Not You

  1. Haha yeah, I kept thinking I was weird for not getting on the Afterworlds craze, but I’m pretty sure I would not at all care about either of the stories and no angst for me please and thank you!

  2. I don’t have too many DNF, but I think it is because I read mostly books that are part of a series that I’m familiar with. I would like to branch out more and I think if I weren’t so hesitant to DNF, I would be more willing to take on books I don’t know as well. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh, yes to Afterworlds. I finished it but…yeah. I don’t *think* most YA authors are really like that because I’d run screaming. Or have to drink a lot to get through the night. Haven’t heard of the others but sounds like I didn’t miss much!

  4. You’re the third person I know that couldn’t finish Afterworlds. I have it but I’m kind of afraid to start it & I almost bought Wedding Cake but decided to pass. I guess it was the right call.

  5. Great reviews Felicia, I need to do something similar, I just never know a book will be a DNF as I often fully intend to pick it up sometime again, and somehow, somewhy, never do.

  6. So far I have only dnf’ed one this year but pushed through a couple more. I don’t think I’ll try Afterworlds. I didn’t like his Uglies series (I only read 2) so I don’t want to pick this one up more so now.