End of the Year Challenge: Update #5

Oh god, I did it again! I think what was holding me back this month was sticking to books I actually don’t enjoy. I managed to finish Black Sun Rising.. just, but dreaded going back to Swan Song. I really try to like it and there are definitely parts of it that are cool. I already mentioned that I am a fan of the setting for example. But I just can’t stick with it, I won’t get pulled in anymore. That is why I drop it as well. I struggled with Black Sun Rising and I won’t bother with another book that is only average so far.

Isn’t it weird that I feel I have to justify why I am not finishing books? I think there’s a part of me that feels sorry for the poor novel šŸ˜€ Not the author, just the story itself^^

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is going great so far. Maybe it helps that the stories are really short and very different. King can create unique characters on a handful of pages so this really works for me! The first story was about a people-eating car, the second about an unhappily married couple, the third dealt with a middle-aged man and his old dad who has dementia and the 4th was about words written in sand^^ It’s a good mix of supernatural & contemporary writing, of course with horror elements and a nice twist here and there. I loved the creepy story about a nasty red haired boy who messes up peoples’ lives.

It shouldn’t take me long to finish and then I am off to finish my Reread of A Cavern of Black Ice.

I am also really, really happy that my best friend Ina from Germany started blogging again, yayyy! She’s doing it in English this time as well. I’m looking forward to her posts and lots of buddy reads šŸ˜€ We usually like the same books so that should work out perfectly! Here is her new blog, check it out šŸ™‚


Finished: 1

  • Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman 586/586

Started: 3

  • Desperation by Stephen King 102/706
  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King 303/483
  • Re-Read: A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones 160/804


  1. I understand that feeling! I kind of have the same thing. And I always wonder if maybe the ending won’t be amazing and I missed it. But you are right, you shouldn’t have to force yourself through a book.

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  2. I never feel guilty about DNFing…once I lose interest in the book I never think about it again or care how it finished! I can just switch off and move on to the next one. At the moment though, I just want to get something read as I’m in a total slump!

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