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This is a topic that is highly debated about which really made me think about why I don’t usually DNF books. Every now and then I make myself DNF a book though.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with what DNF means, it means “Did Not Finish.” So basically it is any book that you have started reading part way through and not finish it.
I think part of the reason why I rarely DNF a book is because no matter how much a book doesn’t capture my attention, I have to know if it gets any better and see how it ends. I feel like DNFing a book means I’m leaving a book unread and therefore I feel guilty. Most books that I’m just not enjoying I can usually push through, but there are some books that I just can’t do it with.
When I DNF a book, the content or the writing has to be pretty bad. Otherwise, I will always finish the book.
That’s what we’re discussing today.
Here are some of the books that I’ve DNFed over the years.
Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke
This had an interesting premise. I didn’t like the first book at all because it lacked a plot and the characters were too distant and annoying. The romance was forced and nothing ever happened. “Merchant of Alyss” is the second book in the series and I wanted to see if the series got better. Unfortunately, it was much like the first one. Mostly it was just boring.
But like any book, there were some things that I truly enjoyed. I loved the fantasy setting. It’s a world where there are elves, wizards, and legends that come to life. The scenery was fascinating, but there was too much description that made the book drag and boring. You can read more of my thoughts here.
All Things Now Living by Rondi Bauer Olson
This is a dystopian that reminded me so much of “Under the Dome.” There were pig people, fish people all living seperate from the rest of the world under a dome. It sounded interesting so I was excited when I first read it. The plot made you want to know more about why there were alterating mutations. Was there some kind of disease? What was the purpose of the dome? Who created the dome? It set itself up for a great setting.
Unfortunately, the characters were annoying and too naive. Our main character falls into insta-love with the male character. All she cares about is him that she does a lot of stupid things when she should be focusing on what is going on around her.
Mostly I just couldn’t enjoy it so I found myself DNFing it towards the end of the book. You can read my full review here.
Catch-22 by Joesph Heller
I had to read this for one of my English courses in college. I honestly saw no point in it at all so I did the required reading. We read about half of the book so I never felt guilty for not ever going back to finish it. I don’t even remember what it was about other than it was a bunch of guys at war who had potty mouths and such. It wasn’t that good so I sold it immediately after I was finished with it.
I just found it boring honestly. I read this long before I started reviewing so I do not currently have a review nor do I plan on writing one.
Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction by Joesph Conrad
This was another novel that I had to read for one of my college courses and I wish I hadn’t. The language made it incredibly hard to understand that I had no idea what in the world I was reading or what the book was about. It was also quite dark and had a lot to do with slavery. It was also quite wordy.
I think it was another book that we only read a small portion of too. I know I definitely didn’t read the other selected stories mentioned in the title. Honestly, I had no interest in going back to finish it anyways. I don’t have a full review of this one to share, but that pretty much sums it up.
The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz
This one I hated DNFing, but I just couldn’t get into it. I thought it was boring. Maybe I was just too historical fictioned out at the time and I needed something from a different genre. I really don’t know, but I was definitely in one of those reading slumps after coming out of the holidays and into the new year.
This is a super popular novel and I love the cover. I’ve heard it picks up after the first five chapters or something like that. I’ll probably give it another go at a later time, but for now, it is DNFed. It deserves a much fairer review than what I can give it right now.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This wasn’t DNFed because I didn’t like it. In fact, I enjoyed it and makes a great read when you need something light and weird. I got about halfway through before I put it down. The only reason why I set it aside was that I had taken on too many books to review that had deadlines and meant to go to back to it later. I’ve long since forgotten about it, but I do plan on going back to it eventually because I was really enjoying it.
It is a super quick read that was so fun that I’m hoping I can get back to it soon. You can count on a full review to appear on the blog as soon I as finish reading.