Friday, August 16, 2019

It's Not You, It's Me (23)

It's not you, it's me." This feature will be showcasing books that I never finished or reviewed; you know…...the dreaded DNF.  It has been awhile since I've shared my recent additions to my DNF (did not finish) pile and I wanted to share my thoughts and get some feedback from you guys.  

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

I have read a few of her books and while they weren't earth shattering, they were usually light beach reads. This time around I truly struggled with Queen Bee, so I put it aside.  I knew this book wasn't for me when her main character was irritating me and the dialogue seemed hokey.  Would a thirty year old woman actually speak like this?  Frank's writing just seemed dated to me, so perhaps I am not her target audience?  Have you read this book? Are you a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank? Let me know your thoughts.

The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

I was so, so excited to start this audio book as many people have compared it to Game of Thrones meets Outlander. That sounds like a sure-fire win for me, right?  I listened for a few weeks, but I kept getting confused. The dialogue was challenging. The main character often speaks in quotes, obscure references, riddles, etc, and barely anything was an original thought. He kept referencing various things that I wasn't sure about, whether it was a person in history, an event, or even just a character, so I felt myself having to go back and listen again or look it up. I think this book could be good, but not as an audio book.  I tend to do other things when I listen to audio books and this one required my complete attention.  I think for me, it would have to be a close read and I might have to have the companion reference novel in hand.  Have you heard of this novel? Let me know your thoughts. 

I try to power through most books, especially if they are for review, but I couldn't continue on with these two.  What's the last book you added to your DNF pile? What makes you put a book down? Let me know in the comments. 


  1. I listened to a Dorothea Benton Frank book recently and you nailed it, they seem dated, so matter how recently they were published. Bad dialogue is such a pet peeve of mine.

    1. Yeah, I feel badly saying it's dated, but I'm glad you agree. Thanks for visiting, Angela!

  2. I would be confused, too. As if historical/fantasy isn't confusing enough. Lol.

  3. It's been a while since DNF'd a book. I can see why you didn't finish these though.

    1. It's been awhile for me as well and then these two come up back to back. I just wasn't feeling it. Thanks for visiting Jenea.


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