I used to be one of those readers who would never leave a book in between, no matter what. Whether the book was boring or gruesome or hard to understand, I would bear through it all to turn that very last page.
But over the years I’ve realised that there’s nothing wrong with not finishing the books and setting them down in the DNF pile. Why go through so much trouble of reading a book you don’t like and spending precious time that could be better spent on a more gripping book? Still, it isn’t very often that I DNF books, mostly because I’m not very picky when it comes to books and usually don’t mind the occasional slow or boring parts in a story.
But I’ve had my fair share of books that I have deemed unworthy of being picked up again. And there’s a very good reason behind each one of them, reasons that I’ve decided to share with you all today.
5 TIMES I REFUSED TO FINISH A BOOK IN 2019
1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
I was really psyched for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and from what I’ve heard the plot is pretty good. But I tried and I tried but I simply could not get into it. The writing style doesn’t match my taste at all. There were too many details and description of things that I couldn’t make sense of and I was too frustrated and bored to focus on it. I just wanted to meet the main characters and get to the story already but that didn’t happen. I even tried picking up this book and different points but it just didn’t work out 😦
Related Post: Thoughts I Have When A Book Has Too Much Description
2. I OWED YOU ONE
Again, I was super excited to read I Owed You One because I had attended the book launch for it in my city and got a signed copy from the author herself. My city is like a small town so that never happens. And yeah, I wasn’t expecting this to be a masterpiece but god, the grammar was awful and that was the least of my problems. The characters were utter cliches and the whole book was a classic case of showing and not telling coupled with enormous information dumps. To say that it was a nightmare would be an understatement.
3. THE COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS
I haven’t read many graphic novels and when it comes to this genre I usually dive head-straight with no prior knowledge about it. The biggest mistake I made in this case. Apparently, Persepolis is set in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. I loved the way the story was told but this was simply not my cup of tea. There was a lot of politics and graveness as well as reality attached to it, and why not, the book promises exactly that. This is all on me and my tastes, Persepolis is a wonderful book but unfortunately, not something that I enjoyed.
Related Post: Why Book Blurbs Are Important
4. IN THIS LIFE OR THE NEXT
I seem to be repeating myself here but I was really psyched to get my hands on In This Life Or The Next. I remember requesting this book and jumping up and down in excitement when my copy arrived. Sadly, I was in for a huge disappointment. The blurb promises us a story about the protagonist who is able to see a vision of that person’s past life whenever someone sings or hums their favourite song. The writing style of the author is too direct and somewhat clipped, to the point it becomes really hard to ignore and starts annoying you. The dialogues need a lot of work and there are massive information dumps present in the book. And another main thing that made me want to scream was that the main protagonist trusts this new guy into her secret superpower super quickly and they just start working together while I’m sitting here in shock saying, what the hell?
It goes something like this:
Random dude: Oh hey, I know your superpower and now want to work with you.
Girl: Um, I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Random dude: Girl, you ain’t fooling anybody. People sing, you see their past and now I wanna help you. Just accept it.
Girl: Ah well, at least I tried. Welcome hot guy, let’s work together until I develop a super intense crush on you!
How stupid can this protagonist be? And that was so very convenient for the plot!
I’m going to give you all a little SPOILER here, but I knew this guy was going to be fishy and I predicted he would actually be a bad guy in disguise and guess what? I was 100% right. It was so obvious. In fact, I even had a little chat with the author because she
demanded that I tell her wanted to know why I gave the book a low rating and she told me that the MC trusts the guy because there’s going to be a plot twist and he’s going to betray her. And I’m just staring at my screen and wondering how to break the news to her.
Phew! I clearly had a lot of repressed emotions about this book. Let’s move on to the next one.
I’ve had Matched on my shelf for about three years now. It was a birthday present and I just didn’t seem to be getting around to it. Part of the reason was that I had heard mixed reviews about this book and I ended up reading it for the StartOnYourShelfathon readathon. I deeply regret that decision. The book was bland and boring. Literally, nothing happens in the entire 100 pages of the book I read. Being slow-paced is one thing but this plot refused to progress
Related Post: Thoughts I Have While Reading A Boring Book
NOTE: I’ll be celebrating my 2 year blogoversary sometime in the first week of January. I’ll be doing a Q/A post so feel free to comment with any questions you may have about my life, books or blog and I’ll do my best to answer them. A section of my post will also be deicated to the kind of posts that have been the most loved on my blog so please let me know which sort f my posts you like best and what sort of content would you like to see from me 🙂
Have you read any of these books? If so, what were your thoughts?
Do you DNF books or power through them?
Which books did you decide to DNF in 2019?