Recent DNFs

You are all probably tired of hearing about my recent case of the blahs, but I just wanted to share with you some of the books that did not keep me interested over the last few weeks.  I normally don’t have this many DNFs in such a short period of time, but I guess I ran into some bad luck with my choices.

1.  The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern.  This is actually the second time I’ve put this book aside (I tried reading it earlier this year) but I did get farther this time around.  The premise is interesting:  A teenage boy finds a rabbi in the freezer in his family’s basement and after a storm knocks out the power the rabbi thaws out.  The rabbi had been frozen for over a hundred years and is something of a family legacy.  I’m assuming the rabbi will be teaching the kid about life, etc., but I just couldn’t stay interested to find out.

2.  Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson.  This book was just strange to me.  Two people living on an isolated hillside in Italy each thinking they would be the only ones up there, and everytime they meet they are drinking this Fernet Branca wine.  One of the characters is a chef in his own mind and he makes up some very off-the-wall dishes.  I might go back to this one day, but right now it just isn’t the book for me.

3.  You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark.  I have a book a day calendar on my desk at work and one day this book came up.  It sounded like fun — a collection of humorous essays about life as a woman/wife/mother in the South — so I borrowed it from the library.  Alas, I didn’t find it funny at all.  To me it seemed like she was complaining about everything and was trying to make it funny, but it didn’t come across that way.

4.  Double Cross:  The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre.  I normally enjoy reading books about World War II history, but this one just didn’t hold my interest.  Maybe it was just the wrong time — the heat of the summer is probably not the best time to be reading about such weighty subjects.  I’ll probably go back to this one too.

5.  Plainsong by Kent Haruf.  This was my book group’s selection for this month but I just couldn’t finish it.  I read about 60 pages when I was on the train going into Chicago on Saturday and I just could not go any further.   We have been reading too many novels set in small-town America where nothing really happens and this one drove me to the edge — NO MORE!!  (Next month we will be discussing Gone Girl so the tide is changing!)

Have you read any of these books?  Should I give them another chance?


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6 Responses to Recent DNFs

  1. Sometimes, I feel like I get a steak of blah or so so books in a row. I rarely an disappointed by an Europa. so Cooking with Fernet Branca was a surprise for this list. Gotta try that one. Hope your next books are better.

  2. Leeswammes says:

    I haven’t read any of those so I can’t tell you how good they are. Well done for putting them aside, though.

  3. zibilee says:

    I think that most of these books sound strange, and a little off the beaten path, which normally wouldn’t bother me, but the fact that they didn’t permeate into your brain, and you gave them up gives me pause. I think the only one I have on my shelf is Plainsong, but I probably won’t be reading the others.

    I also admire you for letting them go. It’s always tough for me to put a book down.

    • bibliosue says:

      Thanks, zibilee. Usually I have success with books off the beaten path. And you are right, it is awfully tough to put a book down, even if you aren’t enjoying it.

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