Some DNF notes / Currently Reading (2) / Chitchat (10)

DNF notes

I always waffle on whether or not to add DNF books to my books read list, mostly because I keep forgetting to do so until I’ve got a huge stack of them sitting around staring at me. I think I may just add them onto the end of my monthly reading list? Anyway, here’s some books I’ve Did Not Finish‘d fairly recently (not in any particular order):

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (after ~135 pages)
I just COULD NOT get into this book, not even after all that talk about wanting to reread it and whatever. I just. It’s boring! I like his other series much better, like the Nursery Crimes mysteries.

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (read by Ellen Kushner/full cast) (after ~2 hours)
I really wanted to like this audiobook because it’s one of Neil Gaiman’s special projects or whatever, but a) the constant switching from author narration to full cast was jarring (and annoying) and b) it was boring. Maybe if I had a text version I’d like it better because I could skim past the blah parts but I kind of have a feeling I’d consider most of the book to be blah, so there’s no point.

Furies of Calderon (Code Alera #1) by Jim Butcher (after ~150 pages)
Boring, even though there’s tons of female characters and they’re done really well (or better than some of the ones in the Dresden Files, anyway?) and there’s some interesting fantasy stuff and whatever. I think I just like Jim Butcher’s writing more when he’s trying to be funny.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (read by John Lee) (after 50%/10-ish hours)
Remember when I said I was listening to the audiobook but I wanted to switch to the ebook? Well, I did, and it just made it worse. I think I lost the momentum and I couldn’t get it back; I’ll have to try reading this again from the beginning, once I’ve forgotten the annoying narrator and such.

What books have YOU DNF’d recently?


Currently Reading (2)

I haven’t actually been reading all that much this week– I downloaded some REALLY good podcasts and I’ve been listening to those, mostly. Plus the bus has been so crowded lately that it’s almost impossible to hold a book open (hardcover book, anyway), so I haven’t even been reading on my commute. However! I’m SLOWLY making my way through Talking to the Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism by Barbara Weisberg. I got it from the library last week because I figured, after reading so many fictional books with Spiritualism in them, I ought to learn about the actual history and whatnot. I like it! Not only are there copious footnotes, but it’s got a very centered point of view. There’s no “obviously these girls were delusional/lying teenagers,” nor is there “omg everything they said/saw/whatever is TRUE!” Instead it takes a middle path, between the two extreme viewpoints, which I like.

What’re you reading this week?


Chitchat (10)

So! Maybe you can tell from the fact that I haven’t been on Twitter for ages or maybe you’re just psychic, but I’m about ready for a blogging/reading/internet break. I think I’ll take the next two weeks or so off from posting (minus a blog tour book review on November 7th!) so I can both recharge and get some posts ready. What’s been happening lately is that I’ll go through the week not even turning on my computer, and then the weekend rolls around and suddenly I’ve got to get posts scheduled for the next week and I don’t have any and I can’t write them in the few hours I have an internet connection and so it doesn’t happen. Or I get ONE done and that’s it. I want to get back to posting three-four times a week (three reviews and a chitchat/discussion/whatever post) and I want to keep up with my features, and I think in order to do that I need to stop posting completely for a bit. And then I’ll come back strong! Well, hopefully, anyway.

I think the last time I took a break was either when I moved to California in January or possibly in May, when I moved into my house– anyway, it’s time for another one. Yay!

If you’re wondering, the job is going well. There’s a lot of turnover employee-wise but as it’s a seasonal/temp job I guess that’s not terribly surprising? It’ll end in early December, and I’m planning on having a short break for Christmas before starting another job in January. NO idea what that job will be, btw! I’m applying to places but I kind of have a feeling it’ll be another temp job somewhere, which could be good as it’ll mean I’ll be free to go to BEA in June like I want to.

What’s going on with BEA next year, btw? Any news? Any drama? Anyone planning on going and/or looking for a roomie to split the bill? Let me know, please! I feel so cut off from bookish news, argh.

9 thoughts on “Some DNF notes / Currently Reading (2) / Chitchat (10)”

  1. I think I get more and more picky the older I get. My mom’s a huge Dresden fan and she couldn’t make it through Furies of Calderon either. I haven’t even managed to start on it. My to-read list is too massive.

    1. Me too, I guess! Lately I’ve had no patience for books that make me go “bleh.” It’s too bad about Furies, though, because people on the internet tell me it gets better later on in the book. Oh well.

  2. Bleh, I didn’t enjoy The Eyre Affair either. The Three Musketeers, by contrast, is crazy crazy awesome! I hope someday you can pick it back up again and love it better.

    1. Me too! I think I just lost momentum, really. I waited a few days after switching from audio to print to continue reading it, and that threw me off my reading groove. I definitely want to pick it back up again!

  3. I couldn’t get through The Eyre Affair either. It was so boring. I was so disappointed because I love the concept, and I love all his other series.

  4. Talking to the Dead sounds really good. A blogging break.. It sounds like you could do with one. I don’t know. I’ve been feeling the same, but I’m trying to work through it the other way around: by posting once every day for a month. I’m not doing terribly well, but we’ll see.

    Good luck on finding a new job! And I’m glad to hear the current one is going well.

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