Honestly, I hate quitting on books. You start a book excited and ready for a new and fun story! But sadly, certain books just don’t work out.
I did not finish (DNF) a few books this year and with any DNF, it doesn’t necessarily mean the book was bad, it just means it wasn’t for me (sometimes they’re bad though, lol)
Here is a short list of books I didn’t finish this year:
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (DNF at 50%)
Red Queen was the #RockMyTBR book of choice for the month of January. I had wanted to read this book from the moment the cover was revealed. The book actually started off super strong but then I found myself not connecting with ANY of the characters. In fact it starting putting me into a reading slump and I got to the point where if all the characters died, I wouldn’t have cared. So I realized I needed to put it aside.
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (DNF at 50 pages)
Now before you freak out, I actually was really enjoying Mistborn but I was going slowly through it and I started having other books I needed to get to. It was my #RockMyTBR book for March and it was another month’s fail. This is a temporary DNF and I hope to pick it up again one day. The story, characters and world building were fantastic. It’s a long series and I think that is also been an overwhelming issue for me.
- The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (DNF at 120 pages)
I was super excited for this book and even preordered it so I could get the map and signed bookplate and bookmark! An Aladdin retelling from the jinni’s perspective and a POC on the cover? Count me in! But unfortunately the writing style just wasn’t for me. It felt almost “too” descriptive, kind of in an academic textbook way. I also did not like Aladdin at all. So, I realized it wasn’t’ for me and moved on. I was pretty disappointed because overall I was hearing good things about it.
- The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack (DNF at 20%)
I don’t read contemporary too often but if a book looks like it’ll be funny I am willing to try. And it started off HILARIOUS and I was starting to rec it to other people. The humor was very sarcastic and I love that. I was really enjoying it until the characters in the book starting making gay jokes. Over and over again. I started getting uncomfortable and then I no longer was enjoying the book. The story wasn’t good enough for me to continue and I was disappointed to see that.
- Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh (DNF at 80%)
Wait, 80%? You were so close? I know, I know…Fear the Drowning Deep looked really good. Hot guys, magical water creatures, mystery, but unfortunately I really struggled with it. There was too much insta-love happening, the old lady on the island was treated poorly without enough “reason” for me and it started putting me in slump. When you can’t force yourself to read it, it’s time to move on. I really like Sarah so I was bummed that I didn’t like the book.
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (DNF at 50%)
This is probably my most disappointing DNF, in as that I was so excited for it! I love Jessica, I think she’s a blast and she’s a lot of fun to interact with online. I actually was going to make a book trailer for this book. I won a copy (which was awesome) from Jessica and started reading it ASAP. Unfortunately, the writing style and I didn’t mesh on this one. It felt super dry to me, even from the first chapter. I thought I’d get used to it, but it didn’t work for me. I also felt confused on who I was supposed to be rooting for romantically. There are numerous (like 4 or 5?) guys in the main character’s life and I didn’t know who she was going to end up with, or who I was supposed to like more. This threw me off a bit. I am super disappointed this book didn’t work for me because I know so many other people who loved it!
- Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch (DNF at 40%)
I was really hoping for good things with Frost Like Night. Snow Like Ashes, book 1 in this series, was my favorite book of 2014. I loved it! But Ice Like Fire (book 2) I really did not like. I had wanted to DNF it so many times and I walked away so sad. Frost Like Night seemed to be going well but I think the damage from book 2 to my interest in this series couldn’t be swayed. I hate not finishing the last book in a trilogy because I already invested so much time. But the plot in Frost Like Night wasn’t appealing to me and felt unoriginal. So, I had to stop. 🙁
What books did you DNF this year?