If you know me well, you’ll know that I’m really not one to DNF a book. In fact, one of my goals for the past two years is to better understand when I should stop reading a book. I wondered if I even had 10 I DNFd. I did, barely. Clearly I need to get better at this.
Looking at this list, wow is that a really weird collection of books. Moving on.
The Arm by Jeff Passan
While I enjoyed this a lot at first, I think the author went on too long and eventually I just lost interest and had no desire to go back to it.
Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
This was basically a carbon copy of Black Dagger Brotherhood, with somehow less personality, and I just couldn’t take it.
Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
I really liked the first book, got lost sometime during the second book, and the third book made me realize I had no idea what was going on. Part of this was the medium, I think. Audiobook was a bad, bad decision for me but I don’t have any desire to start again from the beginning in ebook, either.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
I had moments where I was invested, but the nature of the book just killed it for me. I asked someone who had read it how it ends, and I decided there was no point for me to continue because I didn’t care.
Eternal Hunger by Laura Wright
I started this at the wrong time, in the wrong medium. Maybe someday I’ll get back to this but that is not today.
Empress by Karen Miller
I had zero desire to continue reading. It was well done, and the main character was absolutely insane which was interesting, I just didn’t have anything keeping me going.
Heaven’s Net is Wide by Lian Hearn
I loved books 1-3 in the series, but was really let down by book 4. Then along came this book which felt like really poorly written fanfiction of a series I really enjoyed and I just noped out. Quickly. No one needs to read about a father telling his son his sexual exploits that basically boiled down to “don’t fuck where you live”.
Forged in Steele by Maya Banks
I..tried. I kept looking past things. I just couldn’t. I did not like this, full stop. And this was during my “I’ll read anything if it has a pregnancy in it” phase! So predictable, in the worst ways.
Tyger Burning by T.C. McCarthy
This had an interesting concept that was unfortunately overshadowed by other issues.
Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
I disappointed a lot of people here, I think. I just didn’t like the torture porn and got to a point where I just did not want to continue. I am told by friends that I stopped reading exactly right before the story starts turning towards the better, but I have never felt any desire to continue.