Books I DNF’d

Today is more of a discussion post. Let’s talk about DNF’d books. I am going to be answering five questions. Why do I DNF? How often do I DNF? Do I count DNF books as books I read? How far do I go into a book till I decide to DNF it? And lastly, Which books have a DNF’d and why? DNF’d books are a big thing in the book community. We all DNF books for our own personal reason and I never make anyone feel bad about DNF’ing books. I don’t see any shame in deciding you know what? This book is not for me and it will be a chore to read it when I could be enjoying something else. Not every book is for every person and no one should waste their time on something that just isn’t connecting with them. We are all individual people with our own minds and personalities so of course, our taste in books will be different just like with food, music, relationships, etc.

So, why do I DNF books? I DNF books for only two reasons. Reason one is the book is so boring that it has become a chore just to turn the page. And reason two is the writing just isn’t good. This could be either the books makes no sense, the plot isn’t there, or the I have zero connections with the characters. I don’t like to DNF a lot so I really try to research a book and spoiler-free reviews before I decide to purchase one. I also will ask my trusted book friends about the book to see how they felt about it if they read it.

How often do I DNF? I don’t do it often. I don’t DNF any books that I personally buy because if I spent money on it I have to finish it to make sure I didn’t waste my money. I will DNF books that I am given for free since I didn’t spend money on it, ebooks/eARCS, or books that I got from thrifting. But again I don’t do this often because I really try to see if the book sounds like something I will like and 99% of the time I get it right but there is that 1% that I and a book don’t connect.

Do I count DNF books as books read? If I get 50-60% or more in a book then yes. If I read less than 50-60% than no. If I am 50-60% or more into a book at this point I have gotten to the meat and potatoes and if the book doesn’t connect with me at that point it never will. So, I count it as read because I will usually just then skip to the end at that point to see how it all comes together. If I DNF it at less than 50- 60% I don’t count it because I barely scraped into the fullness of the story but I just don’t care to finish it.

How far do I go into a book till I decide to DNF it? This really depends on the book. If everything is just really confusing and nothing is working then it could be between 20-40% in that I call it quits. But, if the story has something that is keeping me around a little longer then I make it to that 50-60% mark and if I still hate it I say bye.

Which books have a DNF’d and why?

1- The Scarlet Letter- This was such a boring book and only that last 50 pages or so saved this book.

2- The New Voices of Fantasy- This was a huge hit or miss anthology and I only read the short stories that I liked and skipped the rest.

3- The Hazel Wood- This was so confusing and a mess.

4- Road of the Lost- I got about 50% into this when I realized it was going nowhere.

5- The Summer of Crud- I got to 50% in this one as well when I realized I truly did not get what was happening.

6- Tess of the Road- I got really far in this one but it was just a boring story for me and not the adventurous tale I was hoping it would be.

7- The Killer’s Choice- I don’t remember this besides the fact that it sucked.

8- Dryland- I got 12 pages in when I decided I couldn’t take the terrible writing and grammar anymore.

9- The Writer’s Bloom- This was just another confusing one that was not going anywhere.


What have you DNF’d? Why did you?lovekathryn-02

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30 thoughts on “Books I DNF’d

  1. I’ve DNF’d Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. Out of the Silent Planet made me nod off for quite a number of times before I gave it up!

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  2. I actually really enjoying reading posts like this. We so rarely discuss books we don’t finish, so I always find it interesting to see what books/reasons why people DNF. I so rarely offically DNF; I will usually put a book to the side to try again at another time. I have DNF-ed one book this year. I wanted to finish it but it was just a frustrating to read.

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      1. Lola by Melissa Scrivener Love. I really wanted to try to finish it but every time I picked it up, I got annoyed with it. The story was interesting but I was told by friends who finished it that pushing through wasn’t worth it. And since I was on the fence anyway, I decided to not waste my time and switch to something more enjoyable.

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  3. I haven’t DNF’d really. I have books that I wish I hadn’t finished because they didn’t improve, but mostly I just stopped at book one. Magonia, Shatter Me, Seraphina and Fallen were my ones I couldn’t deal with

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  4. I hardly ever DNF a book, but that’s mostly because like you I do my homework and I know pretty well what I like. I do have a ton of books I started but didn’t finish yet but I don’t really count that as DNF because I am planning on one day finishing it haha. I also have trouble with not finding out what happens so I just suck it up and continue haha. I have start a couple of books where in the first couple of pages I don’t connect with the story but I might pick them back up on a later time.

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  5. The only book ive read out of that list is the Scarlet Letter and thats only because i had too for a high school english class. I however, just like you rarely DNF a book. I think the last book i DNF’d was The Night Circus and thats just because it was so wordy and written in such a strange way that it started giving me a headache when i got to a certain point. I had heard so many good things about that book, that i really wanted to love it, but i just couldn’t.

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  6. I try not to DNF because I find it almost disrespectful(? for lack of a better word) to the author who wrote it, all the work that went into getting it into my hands… but I have DNFd a few books that I just could not deal with anymore. When it’s grating instead of just unpleasurable to read, that’s when I DNF.

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      1. Eventually I figure, if I don’t review it, the author will never know! heh. I’ve tried not to feel too guilty anymore because there are so many books out there and I won’t be able to get to them all.

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  7. It pains me to DNF a book and so far I haven’t since I’ve started my blog. I try to give the book the best shot I can and I don’t feel as if I can give a rating to a book I don’t finish. I totally agree that if I spent money on it, that I will read the entire book. Also, the Scarlett Letter was so boring! If I didn’t have to write a chapter by chapter summary of it for school, I never would have finished it!


  8. I have been thinking of doing a little series where I talk about books I dnfed and why. I recently have started dnfing more books just because I find if I’m not into a book then what’s the point. Plus there are so many other books out there that I want to read.

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  9. Haven’t read any books from your DNF list! I rarely DNF books, I’m the one who power through no matter how hard it is, but I’ve DNF one or two or maybe more, mostly because of the characters or the messy worldbuilding!

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  10. That was a very interesting post, Kitty, considering the fact that I don’t DNF books. It may take a month or more for me to finish a boring book, but I will, regardless of whether I have spent money on it or not.
    This way I can have a complete opinion on why I didn’t like a certain novel.

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