To read or not to read…..

This is kind of my life right now, with trying to figure out how to teach information literacy (aka library skills) in a virtual school. But that is not really what I wanted to talk about today. I mostly just couldn’t resist that picture! 🤣

Today’s topic has more to do with whether or not I should DNF (do not finish) a book. I am not someone who DNF’s lightly, I think the last time was 5 years ago, but I am finding myself with a situation that is making me consider it. So I thought I would put it down here and that might help, and you all can give your opinions, which I can then ignore. (Not really!🤭 )

Here are the two books I am currently having an issue with and my feelings about them.

The Deck of Omens I have started and am about half way through, so I should just finish it right? Here is a list of reasons why I don’t want to:

  1. I’m not enjoying it. Not because it isn’t good it is…
  2. But I’m really struggling with the plot. I just don’t remember enough of the first book to really understand what the hell is going on!
  3. There are a couple characters I really don’t like and I am finding them really annoying.
  4. It is a library book with the due date of Sept 11. I can renew but other people are waiting for it.
  5. I am really feeling like I want to reread the first book again, but I just don’t have the time right now.

Igniting Darkness I haven’t even started yet, so is it really a DNF? I don’t know. but I don’t feel like starting it either….

  1. Why? Because it is really long, 496 pages long, and I just don’t feel like I have the time to spend reading such a long book right now.
  2. I remember thinking when I read Courting Darkness last year that I really wanted to reread the His Fair Assassins trilogy again, as I couldn’t remember the whole historical part with the Duchess of Brittany was about, before reading this one.
  3. This is also a library book with others waiting for it, although it isn’t due for a couple of weeks.
  4. It is such a pretty cover that I have enjoyed looking at though.

So, yes I should have planned better. Part of the problem is the fact that they are library books (physical ones) and with the issues that the pandemic has caused with libraries it was very hard for me to predict when they were going to show up. If I do decide to DNF now, I know that they will be ones that I will eventually go back to, hopefully within a year.

So what do you all think? Should I DNF these books for now? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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