Do you ever get the blahs? Where you feel like a living version of the word “meh” and you can’t get interested in any of the things you usually like to do? July was like that for me. I didn’t write any letters, and I didn’t finish a single book all month. I started quite a few, but every book I picked up lost my interest within the first couple chapters.
If you happen to be the author of one of these books, don’t feel bad. This isn’t a reflection on your book, probably. I put all of these DNFs (Did Not Finish) back on my To Be Read pile. So eventually I’ll get around to reading your book and giving it the flippant, poorly thought out review it most likely doesn’t deserve.
Here are the DNFs from my bout with the summer blahs:
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
The Porpoise by Mark Haddon
Taft by Ann Patchett
Artemis by Andy Weir
Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you thought! Which ones are worth another try?