YA DNF Report

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My review on Saturday was for the book, Inherit the Stars, and when I say I forced myself to finish, I mean it. From very early on in the book I wanted to DNF it.  I wanted to throw my kindle across the room in frustration and just be done with it.  But I powered through and it sucked.  I probably should have just given up and not wasted my time.

For the longest time I always tried to finish every book I started.  Sometimes I would be reading and enjoying it just fine, put the book down and forget about it, but I don’t think I ever consciously decided to give up on a book. Until recently, that is.  I’ve learned that there are just way too many books out there to force myself to finish a shitty one when I would rather be sticking a fork in a socket.  It still doesn’t happen all too often, and I usually never rate them (unless the author or the content is particularly offensive). And sometimes I still do force myself to finish, as with the case of Inherit the Stars.

Sometimes I try to make it 50 pages, others maybe 25%.  Others I give up within the first few sentences.  It really just depends on the book and my mood at the time of reading.

So here are some of the  YA books I have DNFed.  It ended up being pretty longso I decided to break it into a few different posts.  This week I’m featuring:

Books Where I Read Less than 50 Pages

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Hmm.  I don’t really remember much of this book. I didn’t give a reason for DNFing, but I’m sure I was bored and then influenced by negative reviews.  Maybe I’ll try again?

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Another one I don’t really remember, which might indicate why I stopped after 50 pages.  It was about faeries.  I’ve yet to really find a book about faeries that I’ve really enjoyed.

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

I kind of remember why I DNFed it even though I didn’t give a reason.  I don’t think I was able to buy the “It’s the future but we’ve reverted back to the 1800s” plot line.  Maybe it was the writing.

Love Lucy by April Linder

dnf on page 23. I know that’s really early to give up on a book, but I knew from page 1 that I didn’t like Lucy and I’m not a huge fan of the writing style. So, I read a few reviews, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, so why waste my time?–Goodreads “Review”

Remembrance by Michelle Madow

12%. I’m not going to invest any more time in a character who lets her boyfriend treat her the way he does. Fuck that. –Goodreads “Review”

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

I stopped reading when her grandfather’s rival stole her gpa’s glasses off of his corpse at the wake. Ummm. I’m sure it’s a super cute book but WTF?–Goodreads “Review”


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

I didn’t give a reason but I think I really just ran out of time on my library check out and just decided not to renew it?  I’ll probably give it another chance if I like the book she has coming out in 2016.

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

This one suffered from a major Manic Pixie Dream Girl and I just couldn’t deal with it.


What about you?  What are some of your recently DNF victims?  Or do you always finish what you start?  Should I give any of the books above a second chance?


6 thoughts on “YA DNF Report

  1. I almost always finish what I start, because generally the books that I struggle with finishing are classics and I always want to figure out why they’ve withstood the test of time! I did actually DNF The Amber Spyglass recently. I only really liked The Golden Compass in that series.. it just got to be too much! Maybe I’ll start DNFing now that I’ve been reading more though!


    • It wasn’t until I became totally invested in reading again after college that I started actively abandoning books. I always felt so bad for them! But now I just don’t have the time to read the 1000 books on my TBR list so if I’m not feeling it I ditch it (and then sometimes go back because I still feel bad). I rarely ever actually finish any of the classics I start. And I never purposely “DNF” them. I usually just get so bored that I put them down and forget about them.

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      • Haha I’m starting to feel that way too! I remember some time last year reading The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks and HATING it. Like wanting to tear pages up hating it. My boyfriend was like why don’t you just stop reading it? And I was like because I finish every book I start! Which I now realize is kind of ridiculous. Haha


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