Commentary: Well, let’s try this feature out! I usually never ever put a book down as DNF. Sometimes, very early on in a book I know the timing is just not right and I won’t be able to sit through reading it. I give it the first 30 or so pages (like a manuscript, HAH!) before I decide that I need to put it down. Maybe next time, I’ll enjoy it more than I do now. This is not a review. This is just a note to self – and fellow readers.
Maybe Next Time
Sometimes, books have to be placed back on the shelf.
THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING by Catherynne M. Valente
Publication Date: May 10th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends
I just couldn’t read this one right now because:
- It’s a little high fantasy. Come on: A girl. In fairyland. I need to have a little more tolerance and a little more imagination to be able to really enjoy this book.
- Victorian-style writing gives me bad, bad memories – The wound is still fresh from the end of the semester. Let’s just say that after taking a children’s literature class in the fall, I want a break from anything that resembles Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan stylistically.
(Even the illustrations were reminiscent of the illustrations in Lewis Carroll’s book.)
- I have high expectations – The book has awesome blurbs from people I trust. This book was also pretty hyped up. I want to like this book. And I know right now, I won’t be able to do that.
Chances of Me Picking Up This Book (Again): Likely
- I bought this book – I feel a strong obligation to just get my money’s worth by reading it cover to cover.
- The book is pretty and it deserves to be read. Look at that cover!
- September seems like such a sweet main character. September and I did start out pretty well. I like her – and I like her name. She seems like a sweet little girl so she deserves a second chance.
I do hope you’ll pick it up again and tell us how it is, because I most definitely have heard good things about it.
I know exactly how you feel. I started this one a while back and had to put it down. As yet I haven’t gone back to it. I know I will, eventually, I want to find out what happens. But you really have to be in the right mood to read it. I also think its probably best read in small doses. I liked it a lot, but it also gave a headache while reading. Which sounds completely contradictory and makes no sense lol.
LOL. Makes sense. Thanks for the tips though. I’ll keep it in mind when I pick this up again! I think it will definitely help just to read a bit at a time.
I love how you’ve set up this post! This is a perfect example of how DNF books aren’t necessarily BAD books. It’s all a matter of finding the right time for each book. Hope you enjoy this one when you pick it up again
Thanks! Well, I have to say that your DNF really inspired me. It just so happened that I had just put down this book around the time I read your post.
Oh wow, I’ve been on the fence about this book since I don’t really read MG. I think I might still pick it up since I love high fantasy, but thanks for the heads-up!