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{Bookish Thoughts} When do you decide to DNF a book?

I really hate DNF-ing books, especially books that everybody else seems to love. I try really hard to give a book at least 100 pages before I decide to give up but sometimes I just can’t.

For instance, I recently posted a mini review for Hexed, a book that I DNF’d after 1 chapter. It’s crazy right, deciding to stop reading a book that has barely begun?! But Hexed just made me so livid! You can read why here.

There was another book that I had to DNF a few years ago because it was riddled with grammar and punctuation errors. It was a Netgalley book that clearly hadn’t been edited. Obviously most ARCS have an error here and there because they aren’t the final copies, but this book in particular was just horrendous. It seemed like a rough draft that hadn’t been touched and I refuse to read and review any unedited books like this. I’m a reviewer and not an editor.

Do you hate to DNF books? Do you especially hate to DNF when it’s an ARC you requested?

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{Bookish Thoughts} Do rate books immediately after you finish reading?

When I first started blogging I would publish my rating the minute I finished reading. I eventually realized that it wasn’t a good idea because after fully processing a book occasionally my feelings would change.

Like sometimes I’d be super impressed and totally in love with a book so I’d be like 4 stars!! Totally 4 stars!! However, after a few hours or even a few days my feelings would change. I could have still enjoyed the book but after my reading-high died down my feelings became less cloudy and more specific.

There were times when my opinion of a book rose. Take Frostblood, I finished it with an air of disappointment so I immediately gave it 1 star. After a few days I changed my rating to 2 stars because I realized that even though it had a lot of pitfalls, I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. Then you had books like A Court of Thorns and Roses where I knocked it from 5 to 4 stars.  I really struggled with rating A Court of Thorns and Roses. I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses but then A Court of Mist and Fury came along and I loved that one even more. I knew both books weren’t on the same level so I had to knock down book one’s rating so I could express that I loved book two more.

Do you wait a couple days before you publicly rate a book? Do you find that a few hours or a few days affects your thoughts and feelings of a book? For that matter, do you also re-write reviews that have been sitting in your queue?

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{Bookish Thoughts} Goodreads: A blessing or a curse?

Do you ever wish that you didn’t read a review or check the average rating for a book on Goodreads before giving it a go yourself? I love Goodreads, I truly do because it helps me keep track of the books I’ve read and the books I want to read. I discover a lot of new books I might not of heard otherwise as well. I also get to connect with other great readers through posting and reading reviews. I always thought Goodreads was miracle-sent but lately, I’m been thinking resentful thoughts.

I can’t think of a single book that I’ve read in the last 6 years (joined GR in 2011) that I didn’t research on Goodreads beforehand. I don’t know about you, but I’ve just become so conditioned when it comes to reading. I always need to skim reviews and gouge the average ratings. This is something I NEVER used to do. I used to read the synopsis and if it sounded good I’d buy or borrow it from the library.

I’m so glad that there’s a great resource where I can checkout what other readers are thinking, but lately, I’ve also been irritated with how it influences my reading decisions. I feel like my initial perception of a book and rather I’ll enjoy it or not is being influenced by other’s opinions. I try to take other’s views with a grain of salt but I still find myself shying away from 3.5 or less starred books regardless of the varying opinions.

Do you feel like Goodreads is a curse and blessing? Do non-amazing ratings make you iffy? Is Goodreads affecting your choice in reading a certain book? Do you wish that you could start taking leaps of faith again?

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{Bookish Thoughts} Re-reads: Do your ratings ever change?

Have u ever loved a book a lot and then when you re-read it a couple years down the road – not love it as much as you used to? That’s how I recently felt about Shatter Me. I was obsessed with this book a couple years ago, but now, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love Shatter Me. I especially still love the tragic bad boy Warner. I think that it’s just been a few years and a few spectacular books since I last read Shatter Me and therefore my expectations have risen. 

I still plan on reading the books that follow Shatter Me, so fingers crossed that my original fiery love for the series returns.

Can you think of any book that you re-read that wasn’t as amazing the second time around? Or perhaps, a book that you re-read that ended up being more spectacular than you originally thought it was?