2012: DNF #3 (Beautiful Disaster)

Beautiful Disaster

Where do I start? This has not been a good year for me as far as DNF books (did not finish). There are years where I have none but this year, I am already at three. Maybe I am just lacking patience or something but if a book can’t capture and hold my attention early on, I just don’t have the time (or energy) to battle through it.

This one was promising but the two main characters lack depth and there is a dangerous side to one of them that does not appeal to me. College boys and their “use them and lose ‘em” mentality and a young, somewhat naive girl floating around the danger zone? I don’t think so. I read about 80 pages according to my Kindle and I kept saying to myself, in another ten pages, something big could happen but nothing big did so there you go.

Add this one to my DNF pile for the year.

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25 Responses

  1. 80 pages is a fair trial. Sorry it didn’t work for you.

  2. sorry to hear your DNF for the year is larger than expected

  3. OMG…so funny…I felt the same way…

  4. I dont know anything about this book, but a DNF with a title like that seems about right. lol. And 80 to 100 pgs seems a fair trial to me.

    • I wouldn’t say it was a disaster but it’s like it was trying to hard to be good. I guess that could be a beautiful disaster after all. LOL.

  5. Yep, eighty pages in is more than enough. I just picked this book up at the store yesterday and thought it looked fairly interesting; good thing I passed it by…

  6. Oh, I don’t like the sound of this one at all, so it would probably have been a DNF for me too!

  7. It’s always tough when that happens, but I think there’s definitely a point where you have to move on.

  8. I tend to torture myself, and finish ones I should have put down. I need to learn some of your discipline.

  9. I give a book about 100 pages then quit — but 80 is more than enough. I’ve heard bad things about this book and the author, so I’m definitely passing on it…

  10. I admire your ability to DNF a book. I always keep going no matter how I feel about it. It is something I need to work on.

  11. Yikes! That’s the second horrible review of this book that I’ve read so far. Thinking about just deleting it from my Kindle library. I no longer care if I don’t finish a book…too many other great ones out there to discover!

    • It just seemed as if if was trying too hard to be good. Forced. I just don’t have the time anymore for books that are just so-so.

  12. I also have a very large pile of DNF’s this year. I don’t know if I am just choosing the wrong books or something else. I did finally give up on The Stranger’s Child – I found I simply did not care for any of the characters and it didn’t look like that was going to change anytime soon so I stopped. You were right, the rest of the book (that I managed to get through) did not live up to the promise of the first few paragraphs.

    • Stranger was a disappointment because the beginning has such potential. Oh well, off to read some better books. I have a ton lined up but none that are screaming my name right now.

  13. This is one of those new books being touted as more of the same: if you like FIFTY SHADES OF GREY you’ll like this. Yuck. Of course you didn’t finish it.

  14. I have quite a large pile of DNFs this year – mostly because my reading time has dwindled a lot plus I’ve been very moody. I stopped tracking them at one point, because they went past my ten fingers.

    • I’ve been moody too. I don’t typically like to use that word to describe how I feel but it’s the only word that fits these days. We need to figure out a way to do “thought” blogging. Where all we have to do is think it, and it magically appears as a post. I have so many finished books to write about but can’t seem to get them written lately. Mainly because of this class I am taking. Errrg.

  15. Ti, I’m with you on the DNFs this year -they are just piling up. UGH! I think you gave this book more than a fair chance before declaring it a DNF. I’m not as fair. If the book doesn’t pull me in within the first few pages then I’m done. I used to try and give it 50 pages, but I figured that there are too many good books out there for me to spend my time on a bad one, so that is that. Anyhow, hope you are good! How’s the hand?

    • The hand is a little better. No longer a claw but still numb. I am keeping it braced at night because me sleeping on it was making it worse. Thanks for asking!

  16. Perhaps the title ended up being slightly prophetic?

  17. My library hold on this title just came in yesterday! I’m not sure if I have time to even try it over these next two weeks, but we’ll see. I hadn’t heard that it was being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey, though. I hope that doesn’t refer to writing style. I can put up with a lot of bad behavior on the part of characters in a book if the writing isn’t bad!

    • I guess I didn’t get far enough to see the Fifty Shades thing but if the rumors are true, I’m glad I ditched it. Now, I am anxious for your take on it.

  18. Oops, I take back my last comment. (That’s what happens when I’m rushing to comment while I should be getting ready for work.) I just got Beautiful Ruins, not Beautiful Disaster, from the library!

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