Back in August last year, I put together a post about books I had given up on – DNF-ed, if we are using the technical book-term – so far in 2016. My plan was to write another post when I got to ten DNF-ed books, but that never happened; I seem to have got a bit more savvy with my book choices as the year went on.
However, I still DNF-ed another four books after that post and thought it would be fun to share them again.
I do not mind putting a book down, I never feel like I must finish a book just because I started it. After all, there are so many books to enjoy, there is no point spending time on one that you don’t like. Time is precious and should not be spent on books that make you groan every time you think about reading them. Unless the joy of finishing a book outweighs the pain of reading it, then maybe it is worth the time and effort but that rarely happens for me.
I’m not sure I admire people who refuse to give up on a book, sometimes I wonder what you can get out of something that you just do not enjoy but put hours into completing. Not enough wondering to make me more persistent with finishing books, though. I will leave that to the more dedicated readers out there.
Now, let’s get complaining!
Books I DNF-ed In 2016
In case you missed the previous post, and to save you having to go back and look, I will include those books here as well as a quick recap of why I gave up on them. For my in-depth complaints, you are welcome to check out the first post.
The first five books are the ones I have already wrote about. These were at the beginning of the year when I was trying to work out which books tickled my fancy and which ones did not. These books, most definitely, did not tickle my fancy.
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
Reason for DNF-ing: Excessive mentioning of Facebook and other social media, a main protagonist that was unbearable and I just did not really understand what was going on.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip Dick
Reason for DNF-ing: Turned out to be an abridged version of the book and it was just plain boring. Did include talk of pet-robots which was mildly interesting.
Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan
Reason for DNF-ing: Read a previous book that I did not like by the same author, thought I would try another book. A mistake, this was one big snore fest and absolutely not my type of book.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Reason for DNF-ing: Unable to work out if characters were mugging people or buying a magazine. Just nope. Even if it is only 100 pages.
Umbrella by Will Self
Reason for DNF-ing: Book narrator had the most annoying voice and everything else about the book was awful too.
Now, onto the books that I didn’t mention last time!
Dracula by Bram Stoker
I cannot remember if I picked this up in the Audible daily deal or on one of their offers, but it has been in my Audible library for ages, it was about time I gave it a listen. Well, I got a few chapters in and that was that. I enjoyed the beginning, reading Jonathan Harker’s journal entries, but then the perspective changed to letters between to female friends and I just lost all interest and gave up. This book falls in to the not for me side of my love/hate relationship with classics.
The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
I had a feeling I wouldn’t like this before I started the audiobook, but since it was free and only five hours long, it couldn’t hurt to give it a go. I listened to about an hour and then gave up, too much social commentary and not enough story. Another classic for the I don’t like you pile.
The Two Towers by J.R.R Tolkien
I tried, I really did. I read The Fellowship of the Ring with great pain and thought I could power through the other two books to complete the series. I couldn’t, they are just too boring. I do not think a single part of the book went into my brain. I would look up from the page and lose my spot instantly, chances are I missed a paragraph or two as I would look down and start again at the wrong spot. Or I would just be sat there wondering if I really did just read 20 pages of a book where they did nothing but walk across a patch of land and be sad about it.
So yeah, I gave up, I did not even bother to finish the chapter I was on, just nope. Then I sold the series to someone else and made €6 of them.
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
I could not get into this book, it was too slow and there was nothing to keep me interested. I did not mind the multiple perspectives, thought it was a bit difficult to distinguish them from each other, making it far too much hard work to keep up with every character and what was going on. If there was anything going on, I am not sure there was. I could not quite grasp the descriptions so even if there was something going on, I am not really sure I understood it anyway. So, back to the library this book went.
And that is a wrap. What was the last book you DNF-ed? Or are you someone who never DNFs a book? I’m curious, does the joy of completing the book outweigh the pain of reading it?