11 Thoughts While (Attempting) to Read Flame in the Mist


Hey, guys!

I have quite a few reading quirks, but the weirdest one may be this: I almost never DNF books.

DNF (vb.) - an acronym consisting of the words "did not finish", meaning to give up on a book before one reaches the end.

Yesterday, I DNF'd my ninth book ever: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. Renee Ahdieh is* of my favorite authors, so I was super disappointed that I didn't like Flame in the Mist. Without further ado, here are a few thoughts I had while (attempting) to read FitM!

*was

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1. Why are there. So many fragments, intended to create.
Dramatic effect.

2. MARIKO. BABE. PLEASE STOP BEING SO MELODRAMATIC.
or is that just the writing style??

3. Lowkey I really like the Emperor?

4. AND I LIKE KENSHIN.

5. And what's his face. The boy in the prologue.

6. So basically everyone except Mariko, the main character. Lovely.

7. To DNF or not to DNF? That is the question.

8. I kind of want to taste rice wine now?? I mean I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like it, but I want to try.

9. Okay, but if I DNF it, I'll have driven all the way to the library to get it for nothing.

10. This is perhaps the most slowly paced book I've read since Les Miserables. At least Les Mis was well-written, which compensated somewhat.

11. I've read fifty pages in two weeks. F*ck it. I'm DNFing.

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Let's chat! Have you DNF'd any books lately? Have you read/do you want to read Flame in the Mist? What did you think of it? Have you read any of Renee Ahdieh's other works? Comment below, and have an awesome day <3

Namarië,
Ellie

13 comments:

  1. This was hilarious! To DNF to not DNF-- I feel like you should make a post with this title similar to this one featuring a ton of sarcasm on the symptoms one feels if ready to DNF something. xD "Three: you've been checking the clock and for SHISH KEBABS, why isn't time (or the pages) moving faster? You check to see if you lost the ability to turn a page, but alas! THE SLEEPINESS NEGATES YOUR MOVE!" <-- Okay, now that kind of turned into a Pokemon sounding thingy... I'm terrible at making things sounds sarcastic, so sorry if that sounds really bad and cringey.

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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  2. I actually can totally relate to this experience and I'm reading... Strange the Dreamer. I check my percentage and I'm like it's only been 2%!! Why are the pages going so slowly! �� I want you read flame in the mist too...

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    1. Ah, Dani, I'm reading Strange the Dreamer right now and all I have to say is: KEEP READING! It gets better, I promise.

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    2. Dani - I feel you about Strange; the concept seems so great, but the writing looks super boring. May - I'm glad you're enjoying it!! Thank you both for commenting!

      - Ellie

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  3. Oh, I'm sorry you had to DNF! I've never read any books by Renee Ahdieh, but I'm hoping to soon. And eek, fifty pages in two weeks... You know there's something wrong with that. One book I remember distinctly DNFing is Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. The first two books were okay, but I just got BORED in the last book. And I wasn't used to her writing style. Now I'm reading Strange the Dreamer, and it's okay! And haha -- to DNF or not to DNF. That really is the question. XD

    may @ forever and everly

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    1. I would recommend The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger; I really enjoyed those two, especially the first. Haha, indeed there is. Thank you!

      - Ellie

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  4. I almost never DNF books! I almost want to read this now, just to see how bad it really is ;)
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. Most people seem to be liking it, so who knows? You might enjoy it a lot more than I did XD

      - Ellie

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  5. Huh interesting. Good to know haha probably won't be picking this up. I recently DNFed the book History Was All You Left Me. I picked it up hoping for a good quick read with an LGBTQ+ presence, but I found it really blandly written and overall cheesy. So I put it down pretty quickly. I'm pretty fine with DNFing, my philosophy is why waste your time on a book you don't like when there are millions of amazing ones you could be reading? Great post Ellie!

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    1. Ahhhh, Adam Silvera's books always frustrate me to no end. I love all the concepts, but, like you, I can't stand his writing. :/ I so wish I could like it! Thank you, love <3

      - Ellie

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  6. I always feel guilty if I don't finish a book, but I've been trying to give my permission to do it because there are so many books still to read! This isn't the first negative review I've read for this book which is so disappointing because I was really looking forward to it.

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    1. Haha, me, too! I did like a lot of the characters; the writing just made it impossible to continue reading. So if you do read it, I hope you enjoy it more than I did!

      - Ellie

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