What makes you DNF a book?? // Let’s Talk Bookish

I was sitting up last night, polishing of my book review of for today and watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (has anyone else seen it??) when I decided to do a discussion post. I have been waffling about writing one for weeks, but I finally said screw it, I’m just going to do it. So, here we are!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts. Let’s hop right in, shall we?

Any book I do-not-finish. I don’t include books I hit the pause and come back to when I’m in the mood, because I know I will read them at some point. 

I have only DNF 4 books in my life. For years I was against doing it because I always felt so guilty. What if the book magically gets better in the last 10 pages? (it won’t) What if I am missing something?? (I wasn’t) Once I started something I had to finish it, even if I knew I would hate the book’s guts. 

  • The Hating Game
    • I stopped this book because it wasn’t what I thought it was. I thought it was a ya contemporary romance but it definitely is not. I should have checked the age suggestion before I started… whoops. 
  • The Legendary Shiver
    • As soon as the main female character was compared to the moon I knew I was done. 
  • Technically, You Started It
    • The whole book was text messages. 300 pages of emotionless and perfectly punctuated texts are a hard pass for me. 
  • Twilight
    • Ugh… 

The more reviews I write, the more I see common themes I don’t like in books. They don’t always cause me to not finish, but I definitely become hesitant. 

  • Can we leave love triangles in the past? Most of the time I already know who the protagonist is going to chose so everything love triangle related is just bleh
  • When a character cheats on their partner I have a hard time rooting for their new relationship. I end up really disliking the character and resenting them through the rest of the book. 
  • There is only one female protagonist, who on earth could be the lost princess?? NO WAY!! It is the only fully developed female character in the book??? The lost princess is often supposed to be this shocking reveal but is always so obvious

Ah, that is the golden question isn’t it. It takes quite a lot to push me over the edge, but basically if I’m not a fan of the writing style, characters, or am generally bored then the book is a no go for me. 

Looking back, I know there are certain books (and series) that I should have stopped. Reading is for enjoyment, and I didn’t sign a contract to finish a book as soon as I pick it up. I have no obligation to the book and am allowed to stop if I’m not jiving with it. 

What causes you to DNF? Are there any books you should have DNF but didn’t? How far to you read before deciding to call it quits???

9 thoughts on “What makes you DNF a book?? // Let’s Talk Bookish

  1. Note to self: write a book with a female main character and there is a lost princess but the lost princess ends up being someone COMPLETELY random. XD
    Honestly, I never ever ever dnf books. It’s not that I’m afraid I’m missing something (okay maybe that’s part of it) or anything like that, it’s just that….if I get a book, or I own a book, I feel bad not finishing it. Like, I have it right here! I should just finish!

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  2. XD I mean that book may not be that interesting though…if you don’t even know who the lost princess is…but then again, maybe the discovery of said princess affects the business that the main character runs…hmm.
    Yeah, I mean I usually get books from the library as well! I just…I got it. I have a book in front of me. I’ll finish it. But yeah, I understand why people DNF sometimes.

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