I used to finish ever book I started, whether I was enjoying it or not. But life is short. I’ve realised that I don’t have time for books I’m not full involved in any longer so if I don’t like something or don’t connect with it as much as I want to, I’ll put it aside. It still makes me feel guilty though, especially if I received them for review so I still want to talk about them, explain why I didn’t like them. Here are the most recent books I DNF-ed.
Diamonds are a Teen’s Best Friend, Allison Rushby
I loved Allison Rushby’s previous novel Shooting Stars so I accepted a request for this, even though it goes against my rules about self-publishing. I didn’t get very far with it at all. I found the main character, Nessa, really quite irritating. She was mean to be quirky and cute, but she just got on my nerves with her preoccupation with celebs and herself. It was also a lot younger than I thought – Nessa was only 13. I don’t read MG too often, and it has to be something special for a female MG protagonist to hold me.
This is one of those books that I heard rave after rave about so when I finally settled down with it, I expected pure awesomeness. Though I thought the writing was stunningly beautiful and the setting and imagery is gorgeous and atmospheric, we didn’t click. I usually love character-driven novels, but there just wasn’t enough of something in The Snow Child. I felt nothing for Mabel or Jack, and that’s what made me put it down in the end. I have to feel something for the characters I’m reading about, even if that happens to be hatred – there has to be something there.
Just One Year, Gayle Forman
Book one, Just One Day, is gorgeous and I loved every page of it, but I couldn’t get past chapter two of the second instalment. I finished the first book with an overwhelming need to find out what happened to Wilhem, but it virtually disappeared as I began reading. I just couldn’t get involved with the characters again. It was pretty gutting as I loved Just One Day so much.
I’ve begun to recognise the signs of a DNF book: I don’t care about picking it up again, I find other things to do, and I often won’t read for three or four days and only think about what I’ll read after this one.
What have you not been able to finish lately? Do you finish everything you start? What are your signs of not getting on with something?