Everyone’s done it before. We’ve all started books then put them down just because we couldn’t keep going. I try to avoid DNFing books as much as possible. However, there are some times when I know that I just cannot keep reading a certain book. Even if I do DNF a book, I try to come back to it. Usually though, when I do do this, it turns out the book was just as bad as I thought.
In the past few months, I’ve actually DNF’d two books: Magnus Chase #1 and A Torch Against the Night. Even though both of these books had such high ratings, what made me dislike them so much?
For Magnus Chase, that’s a hard one. I read until about page 50 (whoops) before giving up. The story was just plain boring and so unlike Rick Riordan’s other books that I’ve LOVED. One of my friends even obsesses about Magnus Chase daily.
This is a really unpopular opinion, but I wasn’t a huge fan of An Ember in the Ashes. I bought A Torch Against the Night hoping I would enjoy it a lot more and finally see what everyone else does in these books, but nope. It was, again, boring and confusing. The main characters are horrible and I hate reading from their POVs. I liked Helene, but other than that, I was really not liking this book. So for that reason, I’ve put it aside, at least for now.
I also DNF’d The Book Thief and Insurgent in the past. For some time, I put The Wicked Will Rise aside and finally decided just to read it. In the end it turned out to be worse than I thought.
Like I said, I usually DNF books that are boring and don’t have anything going on. I stopped reading The Book Thief about 30% of the way through just because nothing was happening. It was impossible for me to get into the storyline. I knew that with over 300 pages left, there was no way I could.
Not being able to get into a book is the WORST. I hate it, but it tends happen more often than you would think. A lot of times that I can’t get into a story, I’ll keep reading. But there are times where I just can’t keep going on. And it sucks.
Sometimes the writing style is so bad that I can’t keep going on. I almost DNF’d the Shatter Me books because of the writing style. Everyone seems to love the writing in Shatter Me, but it just wasn’t for me. These books still managed to entertain and interest me, so that’s why I didn’t DNF them.
Or there’s the characters. I stopped reading The Wicked Will Rise at first because I hated how spoiled and show-offy the main character was acting in comparison to the first book. She bothered me so much, I left the book alone for about a year. When I picked it back up, I only came to realize she was worse than I had thought.
I don’t like DNFing books and I try to avoid it as much as I can. At times I stumble upon books so boring and annoying, I just can’t keep going.
In my opinion, DNFing books isn’t a bad thing. A lot of people say that it is, but I disagree. I mean, I read because I want to. There’s no point in wasting my time on a book that I’m not even slightly enjoying. Because it’s nice to see what happens in the end and to get closure, I keep reading most books. But some? It just feels like a waste of my time.
Do you like to DNF books or no? What are some books you have recently put aside and why?