So I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump for the past week. I know, I know. It’s a reader’s worst nightmare. So since I don’t have any reviews to post, I thought I would share some books that just didn’t match well with me. Let’s get into it!
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
I really wanted to like this one. Especially since it has such great reviews on Goodreads. But nope, just nope. I called it a DNF in chapter 7.
This is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I’m not wasn’t even going to try to continue reading this. So far this is offensive AF and I just can’t read this.
“Jungle fever is a thing,” Cal said.
“For black people. If you like black people. And it’s not a compliment, I don’t think.”
“Your people come from the jungle,” Call said, pointing at Park.
“Park’s eyes got wide. Well, sort of wide.
Sometimes she wondered if the shape of his eyes affected how he saw things.”
Life is too short for me to read books that offend me just because they are popular.
Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland
My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.
We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.
I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.
We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.
I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.
I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.
Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?
Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…
I really tried! I really wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t. I couldn’t stand Hunter!! He was this biggest playboy I have read about in a while! I didn’t even want to keep reading because of his crude remarks. Seriously, he overheard a conversation between Natalia and her friend about having a one-night stand and of course he volunteers himself for the part. After she turns him down, he purses her like no other, made crude remarks and kept offering her sex.
Also, I did not enjoy the flashbacks of him and his ex. What was the point of this? We are supposed to reading about him and Natalia, not how he fell in love with his ex. I had to stop!
Darker by E.L. James
E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.
Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.
But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?
And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?
DNF at 43%
Yes, I know. The Fifty Shades of Grey series is a very controversial series. However, I enjoyed it with its flawed characters and VERY flawed writing. I even enjoyed the first in Christians POV, but THIS?
Who the hell is this person and where is the real Christan Grey? He came off sweet and like a great guy. If you read the book then you know he was fucked up in the damn head! I might come back to this at a later time since I spend my money on it.
So there are some books that I have recently DNF’d. Do we have in common?
What are some books that you recently DNF’d?
Thanks for reading!❤