Discussion: Why do we DNF books? What books were not worth picking up?

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I’ve been putting off writing this post for a while. It’s actually painful for me to write, because some of these books were just SO TERRIBLE that it hurts my soul.

In this post, I’m going to be talking about why I DNF books, and about some books that I have DNFed.

It’s important for me to say, before I start this post, that I honestly gave these books everything I had. I hate giving up on books, and usually force myself through them in hopes of them getting better. That is stupid of me. So I’m also going to give you a list of books I definitely should have DNFed and didn’t because I’m stubborn and sometimes an idiot.

What does it mean to DNF?

DNF, or “did not finish” refers to a book that you never finished.

It literally just means that you didn’t finish the book.

Why do I DNF?

There are a lot of reasons people might not finish a book. But, usually, it’s because 1) the book is so bad that it is painful to read, 2) the book is super boring and you lose interest and can’t bring yourself to pick it up again, or 3) the book has some kind of offensive or harmful content.

I personally have DNFed for all of those reasons at some point or another.

What books have I DNFed?

I decided to write this post because I DNFed 2 books in the month of July. TWO!!! Here they are:


29868610Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick was given to me by my librarian to try out. I usually like memoirs (even if I don’t read a whole bunch of them) but I just could not get on board with Kendrick’s writing. I’ve never really liked Anna Kendrick, but I don’t dislike her either, so I thought that this might be a fun book to read. But I found myself cringing at how she wrote. Everything about this book just annoyed me, and I got antsy every time I picked it up and tried to read a little more of it. Finally, after two weeks of trying, I DNFed at about 50%


28220701I’ve had an ARC of The Infinity of You & Me by J. Q. Coyle sitting in my room for about a year (I know, I know, that’s way too long, also thank you to the published and authors for getting this to me), and I finally got myself to read it. I was immediately confused, and found both the writing style and the plot cringey. I kept thinking that the book was going to sort itself out and get exciting at some point, but no matter how hard I tried, I did not enjoy any of it. The characters seemed forced and I didn’t like them at all. The plot was trying too hard and full of annoying clichés. Honestly I think this book could have used a few more drafts. I DNFed at about 30%.


Besides those two books, I can only remember DNFing two others… both over a year ago.


22510983If you couldn’t tell by my recent Hate-Haiku, I really REALLY didn’t like this book. At. All. I wrote a review for it a long time ago, right after I read/DNFed it (you can read that here if you so desire), and honestly this is one of the worst books I have ever laid eyes on (which is painful to say considering how beautiful the book looks). It’s hard to talk about this book without getting mad. I had such high hopes for this one and the premise was super amazing and the FLOP. So. Painful. Everything. About. This. Book. Was. Terrible. I can’t remember exactly how far into it I was when I DNFed, but it was before the 50% mark… and I’m honestly surprised I made it that far.


6186357I’m pretty sure that I watched the movie before I tried the book. Yeah, that’s kind of a no-no, but I’m kind of a rebel (haha I wish) so I do it anyway sometimes….

But I didn’t really like the movie. So then I picked up the book, thinking “well, the movie wasn’t so bad… I’ll probably like the book more.” I WAS WRONG. I tried to read this for so long and I actually made it to around 90% when I just couldn’t anymore. It was too bad… too painful. But I should have known. If Dylan O’Brian can’t make it good, no one and nothing can.


Books I definitely should have DNFed.

For every book that I DNFed, there are 10 books that I should have DNFed. Why didn’t I DNF these? Because some silly part of me kept whispering “it will get better… just hang in there.”

Whoever said to listen to your gut obviously hasn’t met my gut…

So here are some of the books that I should have DNFed. Consider yourself warned:

I pushed through these books with sheer will power, but I honestly regret reading them. I didn’t really enjoy any, and I certainly didn’t get anything out of them. I think the only one I didn’t review on my blog was Quarantine (because I read it before I started blogging), but you can read my reviews of the other books here:

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Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so obviously there are people out there who loved the books I couldn’t stand.

I’m not trying to tell you that you have to hate the books that I hate. If you loved any of these books, that’s great! I’m honestly glad that someone was able to find something in these books that I couldn’t.

Talk to me:

What books did you DNF? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Did you like them? What is the last book that you had to DNF?

The Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

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I saw this tag over on driftinglexi and I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. It is such a cute tag! Now, I’m not quite sure who originally created the tag, but if you know please let me know in the comments! So now, on to the tag!


Flagrate

A book you found interesting that you would like to rewrite.

This is a pretty hard choice. I’ve read a lot of *ahem* interesting books that I would love to rewrite. I mean, the ideas behind the stories are really good… it’s just not executed well (to the point where I just shake my head and ask the universe “why”).

Quarantine Bk_1 coverI think the winner for me is Quarantine by Lex Thomas. It had such potential. I had such hope. And it just broke my little bookworm heart.

I mean, the synopsis for the book is amazing. A high school becomes a fight-to-the-death arena after a disease wipes out everyone over the age of 18. And nobody can leave because they are Quarantined. How awesome does that sound!? Oh how I would love to rewrite this. Or have Suzanne Collins rewrite it. That would be a masterpiece.



Alohomora

The first book in a series that got you hooked.

Yet another hard one to answer. For this one I am going to have to go with The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. 28187

I tore through this series in a week after I read The Lightning Thief. I love Percy Jackson and the world he lives in. The books are fun and easy  to read and just amazing all around.

And don’t get me started on the characters. I love them all so much. Percy and Annabeth and Grover make the most amazing team in the world. And they definitely know how to get out of a sticky situation or two!


Accio

A book you wish you could have right now.

This one was easy. Two books came to mind immediately. Since I already read Beyond the Rising Tide (check out the blog tour review post here) and just really want a hard copy, I’m going to go with Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. 23207027.jpg

Not only do I LOVE the idea behind this book–three sisters who have to fight to the death on their 16th birthday for the title of queen… not to mention the powers they have, or should have–I LOVE KENDARE BLAKE!

I probably have said this a million times to anyone who will listen. I can’t help it. Her writing is just amazing. Oh, and I got to interview her, which you can see here. Totally fangirling right now. I just really want this book. I need this book.


Avada Kadavra

A killer book.

Not sure if this was supposed to mean killer in a good way or in a bad way, but I’m going with the good way. A killer book that was amazing. Now to choose one…9378297

I’m going to have to go with another Kendare Blake book: Anna Dressed in blood!

This is one of my favorite books ever. Anna is a ghost who can’t help but kill anyone who steps inside her house… until Cas. Cas is a ghost hunter who wants nothing more than to avenge the death of his father, who died on the job. The result is a KILLER book that I have read way too many times and will never stop rereading because it is that amazing. And I can’t forget about Thomas and Caramel. Gotta love them.


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A book you find confusing.

There are a lot of pretty confusing books out there, but Asylum by Madeline Roux takes the cake. I’m not saying it was a bad book, because it wasn’t, but it was pretty confusing.13597728

The story line itself isn’t the problem here. It was pretty clear until about half way through. Then all this weird confusing stuff started getting added… reincarnation or rebirth or something. I still don’t quite understand it.

By the time I finished the book I was completely lost. It was one of those moments where you squint your eyes at the universe and just go “whaa?”. Or at least that’s what I do when I’m totally confused. You know what I’m talking about, right? Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.


Expecto Patronum

Your spirit animal book.

Umm. Umm. Let me think about that. See, if the question was “what is your spirit animal” I would be able to answer no problem (a leopard). But my spirit animal book is a totally different question. 8835379

I think for this one I’m going to say Ruby Red by Kirsten Gier. Now, I’m not choosing this book because I am a spontaneous time traveler (I wish), but rather because Gwen, the main character, is thrust into this new life over night.

I kind of relate to that, seeing as I’ve moved more times that I can remember. I guess at this point I’m used to new situations, but I could totally relate with Gwen. Oh, and if I were Gwen I probably would have done exactly what she did, so as far as I’m concerned she is my fictitious twin sister. Oh, and if you feel like reading my review of Ruby Red you can do so here.


Sectumsempra

A dark, twisted book.

I’m gonna go ahead an be honest here in saying that I haven’t really read a lot of dark and twisty books. I’m more of a dark and twisty movie type. That being said, I still have to choose one, so don’t laugh when my dark and twisty book looks like rainbows and butterflies next to the first one that comes to your mind. 18805623

I’m going to pick The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Freitas. Its not that this book was super dark or mysterious or anything, but it did have that sort of undertone.

Jane, the main character, had been held hostage during a burglary before the book began. Throughout the book she deals with the after effects of the traumatic experience as the police try to figure out who was behind it. You can read my review of the book here.

So what do you think. Dark and twisty enough for you?


Apparecium

A book that surprised you in a great way.

Definitely without a doubt The Duff by Kody Keplinger.6931356

I watched the movie before I read the book. There. I said it. I actually did like the movie; it was cute and funny and left me warm and fuzzy inside. But believe me when I say THE BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER!!! Like a million gazillion times better.

The movie was just a super watered down version of the book. The book was emotional and heartbreaking and hot and beautiful. The characters are so real, and the emotions are spot on. I wish every high school book was as good as this one.


So those are my answers for the Harry Potter Spell tag. Do you agree with my choices? What books would you pick?

I am going to tag:

If you do this tag, let me know! I’d love to see your answers!

The Coffee Book Tag

 

photo-1424020128429-a60765861de1When I first say the Coffee Book Tag over on Coffee Book Love I knew I would have to participate. I love both coffee and books way too much not to. The tag was started by the YouTube channel BangadyBangz. You can see the video here. Lets begin!

Black Coffee

“Name a book that’s really hard to get into but has hardcore fans.”

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I’m going to say the Vampire Diary books. They are so completely different from the TV show that the fan bases are different. But, I have friends that are such big fans of the books they refuse to even try the show. I personally had a hard time getting into the first book, and never read past it.

*I’m not talking about the VD books based off the TV show

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“A book that gets more popular during the festive season.”

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A lot of people have said Harry Potter for this one, and I have to agree. There really is something about the books that just reminds me of Christmas. Probably because J K Rowling just has an amazing way of describing things, and her Christmas feasts just sound so amazing (and look amazing in the movies)!

Hot Chocolate

“Your favorite children’s book.”

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This was a really hard one to choose, mainly because of the huge amount of books I read as a child. But The Magic of Spider Woman might just be my favorite (which is strange considering my phobia of spiders). Something about it just drew me back to read it again and again.

Double Shot of Espresso

“A book that kept you on the edge of your seat.”

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Unraveling. Without a doubt. This book (and the sequel) kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I read it in a single sitting. Then, I read it again. Unraveling is definitely one of my favorite books.

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“A book you see everywhere.”

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There are a lot of really popular books, but I think The Fault in Our Stars takes the cake. It is literally EVERYWHERE. Honestly though, I wasn’t that impressed when I read it. It was a bit of a let down.

That Hipster Coffee Shop

“Shout out to an indie author/book!”

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I’m going to go with Shearwater by Derek Murphy over on Creativeindie.  Although I haven’t read the book (yet), it is up there on my TBR and his blog posts about the launch were fascinating to read. Also, I love his blog, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to do that!

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“A book you expected more from.”

 

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If I hadn’t already used them I probably would have went with The Fault in Our Stars or The Vampire Diaries. But I did, so I’m going to go with Quarantine. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, but it wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be. I feel like it could have been so much better if someone else (see: Veronica Roth or Suzanne Collins) wrote it.

 The Perfect Blend

“A book that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.”

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I’ve read a lot of books that could qualify for the perfect blend, but the first one that came to mind was definitely Allegiant. I loved the whole Divergent series, but Allegiant definitely took be on the hugest rollercoaster ride. I don’t want to give away any spoilers (just incase you for some reason haven’t torn through these books already), but I bawled my eyes out for two days straight after I finished it.

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Thank you guys for reading! If you liked the post and want to tag yourself, feel free! Leave your link in the comments so I can check your answers out!