I know they’re controversial, I’m ruthless with my DNFs.
DNF : Did Not Finish
I know there are a lot of people in the camp of – if you start a book, you finish it. And that’s totally cool!
But ever since I started receiving ARCs, my TBR (to be read) pile has gotten out of control. And I can’t afford to fall into a slump or I’ll never catch up (I already can’t 😅)
Because of that, I will put any book down, any time. I don’t care if it’s 100 pages or 10 pages in. I have no rules. No page limit. I’m ruthless 😅
Here are the most recent books I’ve decided to DNF.
1. Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon
This book seems to be pretty polarizing on it’s ratings – people either give it a 1 or 5 star. I just couldn’t with this writing. I’m definitely a picky bitch (no shame) but writing style/voice can make or break a book for me. And this one was a massive miss. Honestly, it just felt extremely rudimentary. I only made about 10% in but I was hyperaware that I was reading words on a page (or Kindle, but semantics..). The dialogue was ungodly cringey! I desperately wanted to like this but no luck…
2. Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey
This is a case where I wish I had read some other reviews before I hit request on an e-arc copy… Because I’m definitely not alone in my feelings. This book just came out at the end of June and it barely has a 3.5 average rating on Goodreads. Everything about this book had me rolling my eyes. It was so over the top, the dialogue was awful, and nothing felt organic or even moderately realistic. I’ve seen the realistic part only gets worse as the story goes since there are some historical inaccuracies. I put this one down around the 11% mark.
3. The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Patel
I think this is actually a case of it’s me, not the book. Because this actually has really great reviews on Goodreads. But I haaaated the characters. Everyone just seemed like such a jerk and in a romance, I need to like or care about the characters. But I just found myself dreading picking this up. And that’s not how I want to feel about reading. So I put it down at 21%.
4. Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
First of all, I think the audiobook route was a big mistake for this one. I really didn’t like the narrator so that may have played into this dnf. But this was also another case of me just hating the characters. Everyone was a legitimately crappy person! The first 12% – which was all I could manage – was just every character lying, complaining, or being down rude to someone. I also didn’t find a single thing funny – which was disappointing since this was supposed to be a rom-com.
Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
This one makes me extremely sad. This was one most anticipated romances of the year and I just wasn’t a fan…
This was kind of an accidental DNF, but I’m sticking with it. I started this on audio a few days before a readathon and got about 15% in. But I strongly disliked one of the main characters, Jo. She came across so inconsiderate and selfish – it drove me mad how many times Emma would tell Jo how uncomfortable her actions made her, and Jo would just do it anyways. And now that it’s been over 10 days since I’ve read this, I just never want to pick it up again. So I’m not going to.
Where do you fall on DNF-ing? Are you more likely to push through or put a book down?