DNF Books!

DNF Books: Did Not Finish Books. What makes you not finish a book?

Maybe you found the book to be boring, predictable, and have shallow characters?

Maybe you tried to read the entire series at once and got burned out on it?

Maybe even though you love the author and it’s not a book in a series you find that the author has told the same story one too many times?

Or maybe you just got bored?

What makes you not finish a book? Any of these reasons? Or another? What causes you to walk away from a story? 

Bonus notes: 

If you want to see how to remove pesky sticker covers from your books you can find out HERE. 

If you’d like to see me chat about these books you can watch me on BookTube.

Hope y’all are having a wonderful April!


6 thoughts on “DNF Books!

  1. The Past Due Book Review

    Coincidentally, The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (in the background of your Order of the Phoenix photo) was a book I only made it about 50 pages into. I just wasn’t able to identify or invest in any of the characters, which can be a big turn off for me as a reader. Great post!

    1. dragonsandzombies

      I totally agree! Also couldn’t finish the first book, because I didn’t connect with any of the characters. Also, I thought the writing was very average. But that might have just been the translation, I read it in German. Still, I wasn’t hooked. Gave the book to my dad who ended up reading the whole series đŸ˜€

      If I don’t like the characters (portrayed/written badly or just not likeable), I won’t read on. That’s the main reason for me not continuing with a book.

      Also, logic. Very important^^ If things don’t make sense or are not explained properly, I will think it’s lazy writing and not worth it.

      Other things I don’t like >> love triangles ( I won’t even pick it up) and Deus ex Machina,

  2. Redhead

    if a book bores me, or is annoying, or halfway through I still can’t figure out what’s going on or why I’m supposed to care, I’ll DNF it. there is a stack of books next to the bed that i started reading, put down, and never picked back up for one reason or another.

  3. One Man Book Club

    I usually try to do my research before I read to minimize my DNF’s, so I feel like I have a pretty good track record. The thing that makes me set a book aside more than anything though is objectionable content. Language and sexual content are usually the big ones for me. My tolerance level is pretty high, but I have my limits. Gaiman’s American Gods is a recent one that I had to step away from.

  4. Leona

    I don’t DNF books, but then again I pay close attention to Goodreads and blog reviews to make sure I don’t pick up books that aren’t my cup of tea. The only book I DNF’d was the second part of Zelazny’s Amber Chronicles. The main character sucked and it was too romancey and boring. I have a rather high threshold of tolerance, I will read it even if I can’t connect with any of the characters if the setting, worldbuilding, magic system etc. is great but I can’t stand predictable, deus ex machina, love triangles and romance-centered plots.


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