Top Two: 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.

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!).

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?

Top Ten: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was my most anticipated releases for the second half (July through December) of 2016.

Yay new books! I am also very excited about Roxane Gay’s new memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, and Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors.

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July
5: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson
12: Lumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen
26: The Unseen World by Liz Moore

August
2: The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward
9: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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16: The Gentleman by Forrest Leo / The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

September

27: Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates / Time Travel by James Gleick

December

16: Lumberjanes, Vol. 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen