The DNFs of 2019!

Here we are! The first post, of many, that is dedicated to summing up my reading year. Last year, I DNF’d my first book. It was and I once I realised it was perfectly ok to DNF a book I knew that 2019 I was going to be full of them. My opinion towards DNF’s is… Life is to short to spend your time reading books you don’t enjoy. So, because I decided that was my stance on DNFing… here are the seven books I DNF’d in 2019

Fire and Heist – Sarah Beth Durst

Reasons Why I DNF’d: To me this story felt very underdeveloped. The heist itself did not last very long at all, despite it being the selling point of the book. The main draw/mystery of the story was solved halfway through so my desire to continue reading dropped dramatically afterwards, I found the main character to be annoying and I couldn’t connect with the main romance as I didn’t care for the characters. To name a few reasons.

This is actually the only book which has a corresponding review. I don’t review DNFs as I feel I can’t give a truly accurate opinion as I haven’t read the whole book.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

Reasons Why I DNF’d: To me, there was nothing whole-heartedly wrong with this book. I just had know desire to pick it up at all. I did find the main male character to be pretty bland but overall, I just didn’t care enough for the story. One good thing was, the disability rep from what I read was done really well.

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

Reasons Why I DNF’d: Now, I don’t know whether this is controversial or not but I did not enjoy this book. I did not get far into it at all because sometimes you just know not to waste your time. The main reason I DNF’d it was due to the writing style, it felt very stream of consciousness paired up with a really annoying main character. I just knew it wasn’t my cup of tea.

The Wizards of Once – Cressida Cowell

Reasons Why I Dnf’d: I really enjoy middle-grade stories and this book started off super well. The main drawback was I couldn’t stand the male protagonist. I found him incredibly annoying and stupid and I didn’t want to read any more pages that were from his point of view which I realised was practically the whole book. So, I DNF’d.

The Girl From Everywhere – Heidi Heilig

Reasons Why I DNF’d: This DNF mainly came down to I just wasn’t invested enough in the story. I found it really easy to put down but really hard to pick back up. Also, in the book’s defence, I knew I was going to be reading The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson afterwards and my desire to read that book was higher than the one I was reading.

The Two Towers – J.R.R Tolkien

Reasons Why I DNF’d: This DNF broke my heart! I loved The Hobbit so much and I was so excited to dive into the main trilogy. I struggled with Fellowship of the Ring but I was told that the other 2 books were way better and sadly I just didn’t feel that way. I found the writing style really boring and it made the pacing of the novel really slow. And, to be honest, that was the only real problem I had. But, it was a massive problem. I just couldn’t get invested in the story because I found it dull. It was so annoying as I thought the plot was great but I couldn’t get past the writing style and pacing.

Monsters and Mythical Creatures from Around the World – Heather Frigola

Reasons Why I DNF’d: To me, I went into this book thinking it was going to be like Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Great beasts, charismatic writing, an overall great time. Sadly, this wasn’t the case. While the creatures were really cool the writing was incredibly bland and boring which resulted in it being a task to try and finish. So, I put it down.

So, those are my DNF’s for the year of 2019. There will probably be more DNF’s on their way in 2020. Looking at the list, I thought there was going to be more as I felt I was DNFing left, right and centre throughout the whole year! I am excited to see what 2020 brings but hopefully I won’t DNF loads.

One thought on “The DNFs of 2019!

  1. […] For these stats I used a mixture of my own reading spreadsheet and the Goodreads Wrap Up! Some of this data is skewed slightly as I did DNF 7 books this year. I have no problem DNFing and I still count myself as reading 57 books but some of page statistics might be wrong. I try to read at least a quarter of the book before DNFing it but sometimes I just knew after a chapter or two I wasn’t going to like it. I will try and make sure next year I only count the pages I did read. For a full list of the books I DNFed this year check out my blog post! […]


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