This Week I’m gonna share with you the books I have DNF’d and why I don’t regret it, even though that’s not really what the topic was.
Okay so I’m meant to share the books I DNF’d too quickly, but I don’t regret any books I have DNF’d because there was a reason I DNF’d them in the first place. So instead I’m just gonna list a whole bunch of these books and tell you why I decided not to finish them.
Most of which, are arcs because ya girl is not good at picking arcs that I will actually like. I don’t understand, because ordinarily, I am great at picking up books I will love. This is why my relationship with arcs is strained, at best.
I have a total of 19 DNF’d books on my Goodreads shelf and I’m going to try and pick a variety to show you all the different reasons I might choose to drop a book.
│To Kill a Mockingbird│Harper Lee│★☆☆☆☆│Unsure of DNF %│Owned and Unhauled│
I tried reading this one a few years ago and I hated it. It was so boring, I don’t get the way people used to talk back then and I wanted to throw this book out the window.
I refrained from that and donated it to my local thrift store instead.
│The Natural Way of Things│Charlotte Wood│★☆☆☆☆│DNF’d @ 15%│Owned and Unhauled│
I picked this book up after it was marketed as an Aussie Feminist novel in a bookshop newsletter. It was the last time I looked at bookstore newsletters for recommendations.
Look, for some reason, I really struggle with connecting to Aussie books. I don’t know why. It’s just a thing that I wish wasn’t a thing.
│Ballad For a Mad Girl│Vikki Wakefield│★☆☆☆☆│Review│DNF’d @ 25%│ARC│
This was another Aussie book that I just didn’t enjoy. It was also an arc, and I really did think I would like it! It was a murder mystery with some paranormal vibes but I just did not like the protagonist, she was judgmental and whiny. It became a hassle to pick it up to read so I decided to DNF.
│Heir of Fire│ Sarah J. Maas│★★☆☆☆│Review│DNF’d @ 20%│Overdrive Loan│
Last year I decided to give Sarah J. Maas a go. I hated ACOTAR, loved ACOMAF and thought Throne of Glass had potential.
However, my interest fizzled out after starting this book and I found myself forcing myself to read it. That’s always a bad sign, and once I do that, there’s a slim chance it’ll be worth me finishing it. So I didn’t.
I might come back to it later on, every now and then I see people talking about the series and I get the urge. But I’m usually pretty good at fighting it off by looking at my never-ending TBR and realizing it’s just not worth it.
│You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)│Felicia Day│★★☆☆☆│N/A│DNF’d @ 10%│Owned and Unhauled│
Once upon a time, Baby Grey was obsessed with Supernatural. I got my mum into it. I took my DVD sets with me when I visited my very Christian Nana and after seeing an advert for it come on TV she labelled it a show from Satan himself, I sneakily watched it when she was sleeping.
I loved whenever Felicia Day’s character came on and honestly I really should have seen my queer identity coming because she’s one of those people that I can’t tell if I want to be them, be best friends with them, kiss them or have sex with them. My brain is a wild place, y’all.
I remember really enjoying reading this one, however, it was during one of my many book slumps over the years and I kept picking it up, only to put it back down. Eventually, I came to terms with the fact I was never really going to read this so I unhauled it recently.
│Broken Mirror│Cody Sisco│★★☆☆☆│Review│DNF’d @ 20%│ARC│
I was super interested in Broken Mirror when I requested it. I love stories that call the protagonists state of mind into question and this book brought not only that to the table, but also a fictional mental illness and that was very well thought out.
I really wanted to like this one, however, it was very science heavy and went straight over my head. I struggled to keep up with everything I was being told and I got bogged down in it.
This is one I would be open to revisiting later on. Maybe when I’ve read more Sci-Fi and am capable of having a steadier grip on books that are so science heavy.
│Book of Fire│Michelle Kenney│★★☆☆☆│Review│DNF’d @ 50%│ARC│
This was a reminder that Dystopians aren’t really for me anymore.
It had loads of potential for sure, but it reminded me a little too much of The 100, without holding its own well enough, for me to continue.
│The Prophetess│Desy Smith│★☆☆☆☆│Review│DNF’d @ 15%│ARC│
I am all for a potty-mouthed main character but I hate the word F**kt**d. I hate it so much. It’s just as bad as r****d to me. My mum used to use it all the time after she’d had a couple of drinks and thankfully I’ve gotten her out of the habit.
Nothing else about the book was worth ignoring that for me so I chose to drop it.
This book has a lit of fatphobia within its pages. It’s meant to show what it’s like to be a fat kid in high school, and it did show that well, whoever as someone who was a fat kid in high school, and someone who battles with my weight and self-love to this day, it was far too difficult for me to read and the rest of the story didn’t make it worth the cost.
│The Queens of Innis Lear│Tessa Gratton│★★☆☆☆│Review│DNF’d @ 20%│ARC│
I really wanted to enjoy this book but something about it was off for me.
The writing was incredibly beautiful, but it was so beautiful that I would get lost and the words no longer held meaning to me.
The characters felt distant, the plot moved at a slow pace, and when I realized it had taken me over a month just to get less than 20% through, I realized it was time to give up.
As you can see, there are loads of different reasons I might DNF a book, but the common factor is that I’m just not that into it.
I rarely give books a second chance, I mean I might change my mind, but it doesn’t happen very often.
Do you DNF books?
Are you willing to give them a second chance?
What makes you choose not to finish a book?
Are there any books on my list that you feel I should give a second shot?