Back during my first year of blogging, I decided to do a round up of the books that I ended up not finishing, and while I don’t like to dwell on the negative, it’s interesting to have a record of the books that didn’t work out, especially to see if I ever get around to finishing them later on. Like many bloggers, I do feel guilty when I neglect to finish a book, especially when it’s one I’ve received for review or purchased for my personal collection. At the same time, my life is crazy busy and I just don’t have the time and resources to devote to finishing a book out of nothing more than a sense of obligation.
I will say that this year I was very selective with the books I picked up, so many of the ones that are currently in the “DNF” status are ones that I can see myself perhaps making my way back to one day if the mood strikes me. My DNF’s from 2016 have therefore fallen into two categories: “Hard DNF’s,” which are ones that I’m 99% certain I won’t return to, and “On Hold,” which I can see myself possibly picking up again at some point.
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone | Though initially I was really interested in the concept (and look at that cover!) I found this one to have a lot of crude, crass humor that really wasn’t my style.
Future Perfect by Jen Larsen | I remember finding the premise of this novel really interesting, as it tackled the issue of weight (which seems to be a featured topic more and more in YA lit) but I found myself not really connecting with or caring about the characters and DNF’d at about 80 pages in.
Losing It by Cora Carmack | All year I’ve said I’ve wanted to get into NA, and this title is one of the more well-known ones. So when I saw it on iBooks for $1.99 I decided to take the plunge and buy it. I had to stop reading it because I was getting secondhand embarassment from how cheesy it was. It was like a less compelling, less mature version of Last Will and Testament.
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye | I was super excited to this book and have heard Evelyn Skye speak and even attended the launch party for this (it was a blast!) I actually have been enjoying the book so far, especially the vivid imagery of Russia, it just hasn’t compelled me to pick it up again from where I last left it off. It’s been sitting on my nightstand for several months, and I’m determined to finish this one at some point.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | When I bought this book I immediately started reading it and read about half the book in one day, and then never picked it up again. I think it’s because I know the super sad/depressing stuff was going to start happening and I wasn’t in the mood to deal with it. This is definitely one I want to finish before I get around to seeing the movie, but my copy is currently on loan so I probably won’t get around to finishing until 2017.
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge | I was so thrilled to win this book in a giveaway, and I’m about 100 pages in. It holds my interest well enough while I’m reading it, but it’s another situation where I have not motivation to pick it up after I set it down for a period of time. I was never a huge fan of the play Romeo and Juliet (nor very familiar with it aside from the major plot points) so perhaps that’s a factor in it?
What were your DNF books this year? Would you consider going back to any of them? Are any of the above books ones that you’ve finished or recommend I give another shot? Let me know in the comments!