I am strong believer that if you aren’t enjoying a book and it’s starting to feel like a chore, that you should put it down. I see no shame in not finishing a book, especially if it’s not bringing you any joy.
So, I’ve decided to share with you the books that I have DNF this year so far. Please be aware that my thoughts are mine alone and do not reflect badly on the author or their work. The book just wasn’t for me and that is okay.
The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews
This was a book that I was really looking forward to reading after reading Drews debut A Thousand Perfect Notes last year. However, I felt really triggered by this one and had to put it down because of my mental state. This book does feature some child abuse and it was harrowing to read about, especially as I work with children aged 4 – 11. I really wanted to carry on reading it, as I’d never read a book featuring an autistic character before but I knew that I couldn’t and that my mental health came first. Maybe I’ll continue it one day when I feel more able.
Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts
Caroline Roberts is one of my go to chick lit authors but I felt really let down by Rachel’s Pudding Pantry, so much so that I DNF about 50% in. The story just didn’t seem to be going anywhere and I found it highly predictable and in the end I just couldn’t get on with it.
We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo
I was really excited to read this one but was left feeling extremely disappointed. The characters were just really flat and I couldn’t connect to any of them. I also felt like the plot was all over the place and hard to follow at times. I just didn’t get on with it and had to DNF.
Rose, Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence
I normally love Patrice Lawrence’s work but I just couldn’t get on with Rose, Interrupted. It felt very disjointed and didn’t pull me in and keep me captivated like her previous work. There was also so much going on within the book that I found it hard to keep up. It was almost as if she was trying to write two books in one. This was such a shame as I really wanted to like it.
We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal
This one may be a bit controversial as it has a huge following a lot of hype surrounding it, but I just couldn’t get on with this book, and trust me I really wanted to enjoy it! The slow start didn’t have me gripped and I found the switch from english to Arabic to be rather confusing at times. Also, I found it really hard to connect with any of the characters and the plot itself was similar to many I had read previously. I did really want to finish this book, mind you, but I just couldn’t concentrate on it.
So there we go, there are the books that I DNF so far this year.
What books have you DNF this year so far if any?