(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)
Once upon a time I was that person who picked up a book and read it in its entirety. It didn’t matter if I was loving or hating the book, I read through it either way. Sometimes, in the cases where I wasn’t particularly enjoying whatever it was that I was reading. This really cramped my reading style.
And then it dawned on me … there were no rules stating that I HAD to finish the book I was reading. I decided then and there that if I was reading a book I wasn’t enjoying that I would put it down and walk away from it. I would add it to my DNF list.
But sadly, I started my DNF shelf on GoodReads recently, and many of the books that I opted not to finish haven’t been added to this list. So today, I’m going to share with you the books that are on my DNF list (at least the ones I can remember).
The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand (This one saddens me. The fact that it’s on this list saddens me. When I first heard of this book, read the summary, and laid eyes on the cover I swore up and down that this was going to be a book I was going to absolutely love! But I read almost half of it before giving up, and I didn’t like it. While the writing was good, and I liked the overall story, the pacing was moving along at a snail’s pace. Besides that I didn’t like the main (female) character at all. Because of these two crucial to me aspects I had to put this book on this list.)
A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron (I read and loved author Cameron’s debut, The Dark Unwinding. I loved it so, so much that I couldn’t wait to read the next book – A Spark Unseen. Well, I started reading it, and I didn’t like it. This book felt stiffer, it felt confusing, and I was having a very hard time actually sinking my teeth into it.)
Stick Cat: A Tale of Two Kitties by Tom Watson (I read this mainly to see why all the kids who come into my library love about this book. While from a kids perspective I get it, as an adult reader (and one who enjoys kid’s books) I just didn’t.)
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu (This had been on my TBR list forever, and one I really, REALLY wanted to read. But when I started it, I didn’t like the main character. Characters, especially the books main character, are important to me as a reader. Whether or not I like them factors heavily into whether or not I like a book. I didn’t like the main character, I didn’t like the book. Hence why it’s on this list).
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (I was super excited to read this one. So much so, that I pre-ordered a hardcover copy for myself. And then I started reading it. And it simply dragged. I could barely make it through the first fifty pages. Worst of all, as I was reading those fifty pages I found myself looking for excuses not to read this book. Which is so incredibly sad because I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. I feel like I should give it another go, but I just can’t.)
Dear readers, are there any books on your DNF list that you really wish weren’t on that list? Cause seriously, I’m bummed that most of these books are on this list. If so, please share your list in the comments!
(Cover images from Goodreads)