top ten tuesday

Top Ten: Books I Might Un-DNF

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was books I decided to DNF too quickly.

I have only recently started marking books as “did not finish,” and out of that short list, I’ve only waffled on two of them.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Why I gave up: I really wanted to like this – contemporary mixed-gender young-adult Sherlock adaptation! – but I couldn’t stomach, I don’t know, the ~pretentiousness of the protagonists. YA can be really hit-or-miss with me, and there were too many misses to slog through. (More thoughts here.)

Why I might re-read: Both Sara (of sarawithoutanh) and Amanda (of Book Riot) both really liked the book, and there have now been two sequels (with a third on the way) – so not only has the series been popular enough to warrant more books but also maybe the writing gets, I don’t know, better?

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nahisi Coates

Why I gave up: I honestly just got so confused with both the plot and the sheer volume of characters. Coates drops us into the world of T’Challa and Wakanda, and I felt out of the loop and like I should have read something before this to truly ~get it.

Why I might re-read: I fell in love with Chadwick Boseman’s interpretation of T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War and then fell in love all over again when I watched Black Panther. Actually having an introduction to the character and then being able to associate a face with a name makes me want to try and read Coates’s comic run (which is now up to five volumes!).

2 thoughts on “Top Ten: Books I Might Un-DNF

  1. Great list! I personally adored A Study in Charlotte, both plot and writing wise but I can definitely see why you (and others) were not fans. I hope that if you decide to go back to it, it’s better this time around.

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