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Books I have DNF’d

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I don’t put books down easily, but I do sometimes make the decision not to continue on reading. DNF (did not finish) is a touchy subject amongst book lovers. Some people detest the idea of leaving a book uncompleted but others figure that finishing a book you aren’t liking is a waste of time. I’m with the latter. I cannot stand to finish books I’m not enjoying. Lucky for me, it isn’t too common.

I’m very picky when it comes to what I read. I used to be a lot more flippant with my book choices, but over the past year or two I have forced myself to be a lot more conscious of what I read. I look into books in detail before I purchase them and only choose ones I think I’d enjoy.

While not everyone has this opportunity (required reading in school, for example) I’m in a position where I can read what I want, when I want, so I take that opportunity with open arms and try my hardest to pick books that suit me.

But of course there are always books you begin reading and wonder what the hell am I doing, so I’m going to discuss a few of my DNF’s.


Captive Prince by S. U. Pacat

Out of every book that I have on this list this was the biggest shocker that I didn’t enjoy. Prior to picking this book I had heard nothing (and I mean nothing) but amazing things about this book. Multiple people recommended it to me and practically everyone I watched and read online were talking about how much they loved it. So I picked it up with the highest of high hopes – and was completely disappointed. I don’t want to get into too much because I could rant about this book (or what I read of it) for years but I basically just did not see what everyone was talking about. Did I read the same book as everyone else? From what I read there was zero world building, torture and a ton of rape. Yuck.


Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I truly do not have much to say about this book. I didn’t read much (around 30 pages) but I was so incredibly bored I couldn’t stand to read any more. I have seen the movie so I know the general gist of what happens (I’m not positive how true the adaption is) but I had no reason to continue reading and waste my time. So.


Unbelievable by Sara Shepard

I’m sure a ton of people have DNF’d or given up of one of the Pretty Little Liars books or series. It never ends. Has it ended yet? I wouldn’t have a clue! I feel like since I started watching the show I had no real reason to continue on reading this series, and considering the writing wasn’t overwhelmingly outstanding I’m not too upset that I put this one down.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

I’ll be completely honest, I probably didn’t give this book much of a chance. I honestly gave up about 15 pages in. That might sound insane to some people because it even sounds insane to me – but it’s something that happened. I had friends and family who had given me absolutely horrific reviews of this one and I wasn’t too interested in the plot in the first place. I know a lot of people love this book, but I really could not get into it and I wasn’t enjoying my time reading it – so I stopped.


Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Oh, ho ho. Trust me when I say I gave this book a chance. I gave it the biggest chance in the entire freaking world. I tried so hard to get through this book, but in the end it literally felt like I was dragging my feet through mud. I couldn’t get into the writing. I didn’t fully understand the plot of find it interesting. I didn’t enjoy the characters. All of those things put together did not make for a fun reading experience, so I obviously put it down. Sorry.


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Out of all the books on this list this is the only one that I could potentially pick up again. There are so many complete rave reviews about this book online. I’ll be the first to admit that when I first tried reading this I was probably at the beginning of a reading slump. I was skipping through pages because I couldn’t be bothered reading and I wasn’t fully paying attention to what I was reading, so I probably didn’t give it the best chance possible. I may try this one again in the future, but for now it’s definitely not on my immediate TBR (it’s sitting on my DNF shelf, hence it being on this list)

How do you guys feel about DNFing books? I’d love to know if and what books you have DNF’d in the past! ❁


  1. It’s refreshing to read about what doesn’t work for readers! Life of Pi has been sitting on my book shelf for years and I keep meaning to get to it. Something always holds me back. I really liked The Curious Incident, however. Maybe you should give that one a second chance? But what works for one person doesn’t have to work for another. You know better than anyone!

    • I totally agree! I always try to keep track of books I’ve DNF’d and write a quick note as to why I put it down, so that later on I can see if it’s something that would interest me! Never say never 🙂

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