With each year that passes, I DNF (Did Not Finish) books more and more. I used to be one of those readers who HAD to finish a book, but with my crazy tbr - currently at over 5 years worth of reading and still growing!! - I can't bring myself to keep going with books I'm not enjoying. I read for fun and if I'm not having fun, I'm not going to push myself through because the book "might" end up amazing. It's not worth that.
I should note that my system is a little weird: I only officially mark a book as DNF'd if I started reading AND marked it as "Currently Reading" on Goodreads. If I pick something up and read a page or two and decide "not just now" and don't take it off my TBR, I consider it still on there. If I mark it as Currently Reading but haven't actually started it and decide it's not the right time it goes back on my TBR also. So, if I start reading book, mark it as currently reading but then decide I'm not feeling it there's definitely still a chance it's one I'd go back to. Why I don't just put it back to my TBR and forget about that brief reading time I do not know.
There's still time for a book or ten to be added to this list but for now, here's all the books I gave up on in 2019.
The Child Thief by Brom
I know this was supposed to be some sort of Peter Pan retelling but I honestly can't remember why I DNF'd it. Sometimes it's just a vibe I get. In this case, I was having a very Pan-centric reading month due to being on Team Neverland for the Booktube Games (I believe these have been rebranded as the Biblio Games) and I think I was just fed up. I don't know if this was towards the end of the months I picked this up but if so, I read 18 books during the readathon so it may have been that I needed a break, or maybe I just didn't enjoy what I read. Who knows? Not me.
A Bad Boy Stole My Bra by Lauren Price
I started reading this book mostly out of curiosity but I didn't expect it to be my kind of book. I think this is tailored more for younger teens or at least not intended for people who aren't into mushy/cheesy romance (me). I wasn't not enjoying the book but I also wasn't wanting to continue on and after a few pages I just put it down with no intention of reading it again.
Clean by Juno Dawson
It feels like so long ago I picked this up and I have, as usual, no solid memory of what made me put this down. If I recall, I had a netgalley arc and at the time I was still getting used to my kindle and reading ebooks so I'm going to assume it was a mix of that and maybe being in the wrong mindset for this type of book.
Nancy Drew the Palace of Wisdom
This was another Netgalley arc but this graphic novel just didn't appeal to me. I should be a good blogger and go back on my NG feedback and tell you what I said but it's late and I also don't want to risk enraging myself should there have been a really negative reason...
Crown of Feathers by Nikki Pau Preto
Speaking of enraging myself... This. Freaking. Book. NOPE. I don't even want to think about it a second longer so here's my rant review I did of the 30 or so percent I managed to get myself through:
I was so excited about this book as it seemed to be a dark possibly mysterious boarding school novel but it just really didn't vibe with me. I'm aware I'm doing so well at giving you all specific things and totally not fobbing off with "idk I just didn't like it" but SUE ME.
I'm Not Dying With You Tonight
Hey, guess what? ANOTHER ONE I JUST DIDN'T VIBE WITH. I TOLD YOU. I JUST DNF THINGS ALL THE TIME OKAY.
Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Oooh controversial. Listen, we all know I've got to really be feeling a cheesy romance to get any sort of enjoyment out of it but FUCK ME AS SOON AS THIS BITCH LITERALLY SAID "GASP. A BOY. A HOT BOY" (hot boy? cute boy? SOMETHING LIKE THAT ANYWAY I MEAN SHE LITERALLY SAID GASP A BOY COME ON) I was OVER it. Nope nope noooooope. BYE.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I wanted to love this. I wanted a fairytale story to adore. I even listened (tried) to the audiobook because the author himself narrates it and I mean authors narrating their own books is amazing since they know how they want the story told but also Neil Gaiman has an awesome voice for it but I just COULDN'T. I didn't get it - and I'm usually all about whimsy and weird.
Olivia Twist by Lori Langdon
Another really disappointing one I'd been looking forward to. I'd been really anticipating this one but it just fell flat and didn't seem to be going the way I had thought it would. I decided to DNF pretty early on because I didn't want to push through and be even more let down.
The only reason this DNF isn't a definite "I will go back to this" is that I got SO FAR into it before giving up. I went into a horrid slump either just before or just after starting this and it meant I was getting through this so slowly and of course reading was a chore. In the end, I just lost interest even though it was an interesting book. I don't think it helped that I was reading a Netgalley ARC that was formatted a bit weird (I couldn't tell when it was a new paragraph or chapters) and I think I tried to audiobook but I don't do well mixing formats so next time - should I give it another go - I think I'd probably just go with the audiobook from the beginning.
Another book I had really wanted to enjoy but I did not expect the fantasy element (I saw "guy fawkes" and "retelling" and didn't bother to read anymore of the synopsis so it's my own fault) and it was just exactly the type of fantasy I don't care for (most fantasy, to be honest). I'm sure this is a great book loads of people would enjoy but I just really wanted a simple historical fiction so it was a big nope. If I'm in a fantasy mood I'd definitely consider giving it a second try.
Shadow of the Fox
I didn't really expect to get into this when I started it so it was no surprise to me I decided to DNF. Again, it's a fantasy and it just didn't work with me. It also didn't help that I tried to listen to the audiobook but I listen at as fast a speed as I possibly can so with all the foreign/unique names I wasn't picking them up so I was getting a bit confused and not keeping up with the characters and ended up having to slow it down to stay on track but in the end I just didn't care for the story anyway.