What I DNFed in January

Some people are hard and fast DNFers. And, yes, I am using that as a verb, thanks for noticing. Other people wouldn’t DNF a book for anything. Me, I’m somewhere in between. I’ll not finish a book if it has content I find triggering, if I find the plot simply not to my taste, if I’m not in the mood to read the book at that time…the reasons are endless.

And to DNF is not necessarily a bad thing! Sometimes I’ll put a book down for the time being and have the intention to give it a shot again later. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mental headspace for it. So, something I decided to do was publicly track my DNFs month-to-month and give the reasons for me not finishing each. There are so many different reasons to choose to not finish a book. Let’s talk about them.

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) by Chloe Gong – Here is a book I was so absolutely sure I would love! I tried reading it as a physical book, ebook, and audio and it just ended up not pulling at me. Every time I picked it up I’d feel my mind wandering so it was time to throw in the towel. This book just wasn’t for me. I’m not sure if it was the 1920’s themed setting or the gang aspect that didn’t tickle me but I was disappointed that this book just didn’t work for me. I’m low key jealous of everyone that got to love this story.

Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebeccas Ross – This book came in an OwlCrate box and from the moment I opened it something about this title called to me. As I am very much a mood reader, I quickly gave in and picked this one up. The writing seemed good, felt like what I would expect from a YA fantasy, but the beginning of the story focuses very hard on familial ties and that is one of those things that just grinds my gears. So, this was one I put down just for the time being. I think I’ll try it again another time and see if I can get through the first section and if those familial ties become less of a driving force.

Gilded (Gilded #1) by Marissa Meyer – Ya’ll, Marissa Meyer’s books are so hit or miss for me. I hated Cinder and ended up giving up on that series after the second book but I loved the first two books of her Renegades trilogy! This one, however, is very much not for me. It was so slow moving, we once again had a loving family group which…not my thing. And I just couldn’t be bothered to give a hoot about the main character. I couldn’t see the world she was crafting in my mind and if I can’t get my head into the setting then what is the point?

The Atlas Six (The Atlas #1) by Olivia Blake – This is a weird one. Reading along, I could see why this is such a beloved book for so many people! The characters were vibrant and the story felt alive. However, this was a book I felt like I should read even though I didn’t think I would like it. I hate dark academia. Heck, I hate most books with an academic setting in general. I understand that it is popular right now, and that is great! I love that for those people who enjoy it. But I know me and this is just not my cup of tea but I can see why this book is so well loved.

Song of the Forever Rains (Mousai #1) by E.J. Mellow – I will absolutely be returning to this book at some point. As I mentioned, I am very much a mood reader and I discovered after I picked this one up that I was in the mood for something more fluffy. This book is not fluffy. The plot sounds amazing and from the part that I read it felt well written and the world and characters were vivid. When I want a bit of a more chunky fantasy I will definitely come back to this.

Those are my DNFs for January. Some I will return to later, others just weren’t for me, and that is okay. You don’t need to feel pressured to finish every book you pick up. As all of our personalities and life experiences differ, so do our taste in books.

What are some books that you’ve DNFed recently?

Happy reading! 🖤

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