Choosing to not finish reading a book once you have started it has been a hot topic with readers for as long as I can remember. Once I joined the book blogging community it became even more apparent what a minefield of a topic it was.
Most people seem to be firmly rooted on one side of the fence or the other. Either they are, “I will do any and everything in my power to finish reading this book once I started it so help me *insert deity here*,” or, “I’m not feeling this book, it is not making me happy, ON TO THE NEXT ONE!”
Whatever side of that fence you are on, it doesn’t make you any less of a reader. Personally, I don’t mind abandoning a book if it isn’t giving me joy. That is why I read, I enjoy it, I want to have a positive experience, and if I’m not getting that I will set the book down and move on to the next without qualm.
Here are some of the books I chose to DNF in 2018, and the reasons why I did so.
This book is my most recent DNF. Released in 2012, this book currently sits at about a 4/5 on Goodreads with over 230,000 people having rated it. Pretty popular book, right? So why did I decide to let it go? The story focused heavily on an insta-romance that felt improbable. There was a lot going on with the main character that could have given the plot weight and momentum but every aspect instead revolved around a forced love story. I couldn’t bring myself to continue a book that could have been so much better than it was.
Here we have yet another popular YA series that I just couldn’t bring myself to continue. When I read the first book, Cinder, I was underwhelmed but figured I’d give the second a shot as so many people told me that the series got better the further you read. However, I got through a fairly sizable chunk of this book, closed it, and quietly returned it to the library. It was obvious to me that yes, this story was far better than Cinder and I will willingly admit that. What have me DNFing this one was the writing style. Some writers, their ebb and flow, their sentence structures just don’t feel right for me. Does anyone else have this problem? I couldn’t get into this book because the structuring just was off to me and I couldn’t concentrate on what was going on.
I bought this book fully expecting to love it. The description ticked all of my boxes so when it went on a Kindle sale I snatched it up. The first few chapters were gold and I was quickly sucked in. However, as I continued reading, I got progressively more disinterested. Chapter after chapter felt the same. There were no new elements introduced, and everything got incredibly repetitive. When I decided to set this one down I was a little more than halfway through and at the time I told myself I would pick it back up again later to try again but I honestly don’t see that happening.
For this last entry I’m taking a slightly different route. This is one of those books that I felt like I wasn’t enjoying, thought about not finishing, but still pushed myself to finish it. I wish I hadn’t. By the time I reached the end I was massively disappointed in this book and actually ended up giving my copy away to another blogger (who loved it far more than I did). I personally felt that every aspect of this story was weak from the overall plot to the flimsy excuse for a lead male character. In hindsight, I wish I had tossed this one into my DNF pile instead of stubbornly pushing to the end.
What are some books you chose to DNF or wish that you had?