Hello, lovelies! 🍂
So, let’s get right into it, I’ve seen around a lot of talk about DNFing a book (did not finish) and the reasons behind why some readers do it, and why some readers do not DNF the books they read – which wow, I applaud those people who even tho the book is hateful they will continue until the very end – I don’t have that willpower 🤣
A talk about why I DNF and random thoughts;
- My reasons are not deep: I’m a mood reader. There is a very small chance that if I had picked those book I have DNFed with another mindset I would have finished them – not loved them, but finished them. As a mood reader, some things will just made me stop, close the app if I’m reading in Kindle or throw the book in the donation pile if it’s a physical read.
- I don’t waste time reading a book when after chapter ten or maybe five 😅 I’m wondering what the hell am I reading. Sometimes if I love the author I may push myself to finish – skimming the parts I hate and just move on. But, most of the time I stop, remove the book from my Currently Reading in Goodreads and just not even bother to include them in my DNF shelve anymore.
- The saying goes ‘too many books too little time’ : I own a lot of books, I look forward to read other books so for me forcing myself to finish a book I’m clearly not enjoying is a no. I used to push myself but then I was like ‘no one is forcing me to read this book except myself’ so I started to truly remove books I didn’t connect with.
- Some things that may stop me: immature/whiny characters, unnecessary drama, cliche tropes not well executed, a plot that is amazing but the delivery is messy, flat characters, when we have a hundred characters, characters made only for a funny aspect, twists that are meh, angst to the level that is uncomfortable, but mostly, if I feel the whole thing is ridiculous I will stop at once.
- Example 1: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was ridiculous to the level I felt so uncomfortable reading that I had to stop and burn the book (don’t worry, I donated the book and it was brand new). So, this book was just argh, it irked me in all the wrong places, the voice of the characters, the weirdness of it, the obsession with her mum and just overall feeling was a NO. If you have the audiobook you will want to burn your ears (luckily, I stopped on time).
- Example 2: The Unhoneymooners [insert crying], mother of God. The immaturity of the main female character was so obvious for me, such a slap on the face I had to stop. DNFed by the time they got to the hotel. What a let down.
- Example 3: Hummingbird Heartbreak started promising [more or less], but by the middle of the book it became so ridiculous, the mystery and the secrecy behind one of the main characters and his family situation was tried to be portrayed as angsty and dramatic without need. No thank you.
- Something very specific that will definitively made me DNF: the writing and book flow. If the writing doesn’t capture my attention even if the wording is beautiful, I will stop reading if the writing and the flow of the book is too rushed or doesn’t build the characters and story accordingly.
- As I said, I’m a mood reader: I read depending on the mood that I am at. I may pick a book from a series and read one book after the other without stopping, or I may arrive at book 2 and start thinking ‘this is not for me’ but push a bit more because I want to know about other characters – not the main ones – and by book 3 I’m done – even if I liked book 1 and book 2 was okay.
- Example: I just finished the Meadow Street Brothers Series book 3. Book 1 was okay, book 2 was terrible [but I wanted to know about the side characters], by book 3 I wanted to cry and throw the phone against the wall and DNF [but then again, SIDE CHARACTERS, you know those books you only read for the side characters] and I was also hoping things would turn for the best. Things, sadly, did not turn for the best and I will never re-read those books again. Did I finish book 3? Yes (and I’m pushing here). Did I fully read it? No. Did I skim 89% of the book? Definitively. Do I regret it? Wasting my time yes, side characters Nate and Phinny, no. You see, these are those tricky ones that even I don’t know what to do about.
- Not even authors I enjoy reading are safe from DNFs.
- Example: C.W. Gray and Claire Cullen. I’ve read full series by both authors and I have also DNF books from them. C.W. Grey A Mate From the Deep was a NO, even when I loved the first two books in the series, and her Hobson Hills Omegas was also a NO.
- Last year I wrote about some books I had DNFed. I had more and was planning on doing a second edition but I just forgot about it. Coincidentally, four of the books in this cover above are described in that post and listed with reasons why I DNFed them. You may want to check out that post [if you want] and see some of the most specific reasons as to why some very beloved books by others have been a huge no-no for me. It also gives you an overall idea of specific little things that make me stop reading.
These are some of the reasons/things that will make me stop reading, but of course, there is always something different in every book. Sometime what doesn’t work in one book I will read it in others, finish and love.