DNF Round Up – Books I Never Finished


Happy Wednesday Bookish Babes! Today I’m bringing you a round up of books I could not bring myself to finish. I try very hard to finish books even if I don’t like them, but sometimes you just have to put something down and move on to something more enjoyable.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut: This is a very highly acclaimed book so I was excited to read it…however I couldn’t even bring myself to finish it despite the widespread love this receives. I found the tone/pacing to be monotonous and boring. I was frequently confused and although I think that was the point I still did not enjoy it one bit. The rapid perspective changes kept me from immersing myself in the story. Overall this book just frustrated me so much I don’t think I even got halfway through it.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson: The book is less than 150 pages and I didn’t even get very far into it before quitting. This book starts off so slow and dull, I found myself nodding off while reading. For the short time I read this book there was quite a bit of the author calling characters fat…it really didn’t sit well with me for a children’s book. Although I didn’t finish this I did look up the ending and I am SO glad I didn’t get to the part that makes this story so polarizing for a lot of people. I wouldn’t recommend having your kids read this, but that’s just me. I think A Monster Calls deals with some of the same subject matter much better.

The World According to Garp by John Irving: A really good friend of mine actually let me borrow this due to it being one of his favorite books, so I feel kinda bad about not enjoying this. That being said this is probably the one I liked the least out of all of the books in this post. I absolutely hated pretty much every character in this story and I just can’t bring myself to suffer through a long book that I’m not enjoying. The relationships in this book were all problematic, the intro starts with sexual assault that is never defined as such and the author never addressed that it was something that should be viewed as wrong. I just had a lot of problems with this story and writing style, I probably won’t be looking into more of John Irving’s work.

The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner: I absolutely LOVED the first book in this series, so it surprised me that this one was so terrible for me. I feel like the author had so many ideas going into this sequel that he just decided to put all of them into one book. This had one of the most confusing plots I’ve ever read. Due to not being able to keep anything straight I was so not invested in the story or characters despite loving this first book so much. I don’t plan on continuing this series after this disappointment. I really recommend reading The Maze Runner but stopping after that.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: There was so much hype around this book on Instagram so I was excited to get into it and see if it lived up to the buzz. I didn’t hate this book I just lost interest towards the end. I found myself getting a bit busy which caused me to put this down for a few days and I just never picked it back up. The characters and plot were pretty boring in my opinion and nothing really drew me in.


What books have you not finished and why? I would love to know!

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2 thoughts on “DNF Round Up – Books I Never Finished

  1. From books to everything...

    For me, my DNF book would have to be Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. There was a lot of hype going around for the book and even a film was released for this, I believe, but I didn’t even nearly enjoy it as much as reading Gone Girl. For this one, the plot just dragged on and it felt like it was taking forever to get to somewhere – it was an extremely slow read that I eventually gave up and had to put myself out of my misery by reading the plot twist/spoiler on someone else’s spoiler review. I’m actually glad that I didn’t finish it because even the spoiler was predictable imo and the characters really annoyed me.


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