We all know that moment…you start a book, get a little into it, and then this feeling begins to happen. That feeling could be cringing, boredom, apathy, annoyance or a many other possibilities but you have that moment when you realize, “You know what, I don’t think I want to keep reading. Crap.”
DNF or did not finish(ing) books stinks hardcore. We never want to feel we wasted our precious reading time on something that didn’t work for us.
AND there’s that forever nagging feeling when you think about the book later of “I wonder if I would have liked it if I finished it.” But you’ll never know. I try my hardest not to DNF a book but sometimes it just happens and I can’t force myself to keep reading. When I’ve forced myself before, all it does is put me in a slump.
I’ve only DNF a few books and here is my list.
Should I give them another shot?
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I read this book for my January #RockMyTBR book but I only made it about halfway through. It took me the whole month to get that far. After deciding I literally didn’t care about any of the characters (they could have all died and I wouldn’t care) I decided to set it aside.
- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. According to other people I stopped reading right as this book was getting interesting. I loved the first chapter but then it got so boring to me and I just couldn’t keep going. Maybe one day I’ll give it another shot.
- The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. DESCRIPTION OVERLOAD. That is how I’d describe the writing style of this book. To be honest I felt like I was reading a school textbook. Plus, I didn’t really like the characters so I stopped reading.
- Endgame by James Frey. I found the premise of this book interesting but there were lots of characters and I didn’t really find any of them all that fascinating.
- Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith. I read 50 pages of this book over the span of 3 weeks. It’s a good sign that I had a hard time getting into it. I loved the idea of going into dreams but I just couldn’t connect and it was putting me into a reading slump.
- The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark. Ugh, I couldn’t stand the immaturity of the characters in this book. It was a big NOPE for me.
- This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. I really really struggled getting into this one. There was huge buzz about it and I was excited to get my hands on a copy but I couldn’t get into it. I’m not sure if it was a genre issue or not.
- Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I tried 3 times to read this book but I kept stopping because I couldn’t get into it. The story is being told from Tinker bells perspective but she’s describing what’s happening. I didn’t like it.
- Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett. If I was 13, I would love this book! It felt way to young for me and it wasn’t as scary as I expected. It wasn’t really scary at all.
- The Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tajeda. I was bummed about this book because it sounded awesome and a latina main character! Sadly the writing wasn’t very good in this book and it also was written really young. If I was a tween or teen maybe I would have liked it better.
What are some books you’ve DNFd?
Do you regret quitting any of them?