Meet the Reviewers:
Rachel from Rachel Reads (Saturdays)
Emily from Read Your Bookcase (Fridays)
Me (Michelle) from here at Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)
Why Do You Choose to DNF a Book?
Before I started blogging, there were VERY FEW books that I DNF'd. I was always a reader, but I wasn't obsessive about it like I am now. Now I'm more likely to be reading 3 or 4 books at a time, so if one is just not working for me sometimes I just have to walk away. Before I would push myself to finish a book that I really wasn't feeling because I didn't want to be a quitter. Now I have had to adjust my expectations because I have too many books to have one holding me back. I still feel bad about it, like I gave up or something, but I have to move on.
My reasons for DNF vary:
- I HATE the MC- I usually can not stand to read a book if the main character sucks.
- The writing is awful. Guys I really can't stand when there is no mystery and you know every stupid thought going on in everyone's head... can we get some build-up?
- Third person... I don't like it!
- The subject matter is BOOOORRRRING.
- No reason- I literally stop reading books for no reason. The book will be perfectly nice, and engaging even, but something else will catch my eye and the book will be due back at the library and I will just feel like too much time has past to go back to it :( Those are the ones I feel the worst about.
Here are some of my DNF's and why:
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
There was literally NOTHING wrong with this book. I was super into it, until I wasn't anymore. I started reading Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, and I just felt like 2 books about a death was too much of the same.
Hooked by Liz Fichera
I liked it a lot at first, but the romance came out WAY too fast and it was like insta-lovey and I just decided to take a break... and that break lasted until my NetGalley copy expired, so I won't be finishing this one. But it does feature the really cool subject of a girl golfer on a boys team... I wish it would've just stuck with that.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I know this is like a fangirl favorite, I'm sorry! Not to be spoilery, but I got sad when everyone dies!! It just got too depressing too quick... but I own this one, so I may try it again because now I know what I'm getting myself in to.
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
I had every intention of loving this. I mean I like heart-wrenching books about issues. But.... first off I didn't like the name Daelyn (I know that's a silly reason) and I didn't like that so much had already happened by the time we met her and it wasn't really explained. I read about 100 pages and I got distracted by Stori Telling by Tori Spelling... yeah cause that book is SO much better LOL!
So basically I have crazy reasons for DNF and many of them make no sense. I guess there must be reasons- I mean even though some of these books are amazing, maybe they just aren't for me.... and that's ok. I really do have good intentions when going into a book to finish it, but sometimes it just doesn't work out. I try not to feel bad, but the anti-quitter in me is still shaking her head a little :(
So what causes you to DNF a book? Do you feel bad when you do? Do you ever DNF a book for basically no reason like I do sometimes?