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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Decided to DNF

Alright, another Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a lot of fun for those of us who love books and lists.

This weeks prompt is:

Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.)

I guess the first thing I should do is admit I’ve decided to DNF quite a few books. I can’t say I’ve ever really questioned those decisions. I think of my book boyfriends the same way as I used to think of my real boyfriends when I was still searching for Mr. Right. If something isn’t working at the beginning, it’s probably not going to change. Why suffer more than necessary?

 

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It doesn’t need to be a huge issue for me to DNF, just something annoying enough I wouldn’t want to deal with it anymore. Like in relationships, sometimes the reason is sort of funny and unique:

  • The guy who kept clothes in his kitchen cupboards. Granted, it was a small apartment, and he had a lot of clothes… but, no.
  • The guy who insisted on eating everything with a spork. It wasn’t such a big deal until we were in a restaurant…
  • The other guy who expected me to take my shoes off before getting in his car. Sorry buddy, I think I’ll walk.

Other times, it seemed the issue was so common the problem must be me:

  • The many guys looking for a replacement mother. So not happening.
  • The guys who talk about their ex on the first date. Eeek, no fun!
  • The other guys who have a significant other who apparently doesn’t meet their needs. How silly of me to expect monogamy.

No matter how ridiculous my reason for ending the relationship, I can honestly say I haven’t regretted ending any of them. It’s the same with books, no matter how quickly I decided to DNF or how ridiculous my reason, I can’t say I’ve ever really doubted it.

I’m just going to make it easy on myself and look at the last few books I’ve decided to DNF.

It’s Complicated by Nikki Prince

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This book featured a 30-year-old woman who decided she wanted to pursue a friends with benefits relationship with one man in her social circle. I was totally with her until she got her two other girlfriends together, asked for their permission and said she’d only do it if they each hooked up with their other male friends.

The entire situation made me super uncomfortable. 30 is about a decade too old to be trying to form friends with benefits pact. It had the potential to be a great new adult romance featuring 20-year-olds trying to find their way figuring out how to navigate the complex world of dating and relationships.

DNF @ 18%

 

 

The Hookup by Erin McCarthy

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An incredibly awkward virgin in her late 20s wants to get laid and see what all the fuss is about. I could get on board with that story, but her thoughts and behaviors were more consistent with those of a high school student. I don’t read young adult romances because they make me super uneasy. Although these characters were in their late 20 the thoughts and feelings were much the same as you would expect in a young adult book. I cringed my way through a few chapters hoping it would get better, but it didn’t.

DNF @ 17%

 

 

 

The Boy and His Ribbon by Pepper Winters

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This is probably the only book I am kind of questioning. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Pepper Winter’s books in the past. I was expecting a dark romance. That is what she writes after all. It’s a very taboo, a forbidden relationship, and a super slow burn. I got to the first kiss and had to call it quits. My stomach turned, and I felt all icky. Which sucks because it has great ratings on Goodreads. I’m sure by the end of the duet, everything will be so much better. I don’t think I can put myself through it.

DNF @ 50%

 

 

 

 

No River Wide Enough by Mel Bossa

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Pretty sure this is the equivalent of ending a relationship because his utensil of choice is a spork. I wanted to read this book because it’s set in a small town on the US-Canada border and I live in a small town on the US-Canada border. I like reading contemporary romances, this book took place in 1992. 1992 is closer to contemporary than historical, but I couldn’t get into it. I kept wondering why he couldn’t just Google, why he didn’t have his phone with him…

DNF @ 4%

 

 

 

 

Last Call by Shelli Stevens

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I absolutely love the previous book in this series. I was so excited when the publisher sent me this one. This book features a Scottish gentleman, accent and all. Don’t get me wrong, I love an accent as much as anyone. But, this author tried to portray it by adding fook, ars, shite and aye to everything he said. I felt like a child being babysat by a drunk sailor.

DNF @ 13%

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s your chance to talk to me.

What’s the strangest reason you’ve ended a relationship, or decided to DNF a book?

 

Take a look at some of my previous Top Ten Tuesday Posts

Character Names I’d Like to Scream All Night Long

Bookish Bedrooms (Kitchens, or Closets) I’d Like to Visit

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19 Comments

  • Phantom Paper

    Sometimes I’m just in a dour mood, so I give books some chance before I DNF. But when you DNF with confidence, MAN that feels good! Nice list, haha, you sure met some ‘interesting’ men!

  • rainybookreviews

    Hahaha I love your analogies! I think I totally understand the feeling when you’re trying to read a book that is almost contemporary but not quite and you end up getting frustrated by the lack of instant access lol

  • Empress DJ

    I haven’t read any of these so thanx for saving me some time 😉

    I used to force myself to finish every book if it was for a blog tour – how moronic of me. I now give up around the 15-20% range if:
    1) the writing is dreadful
    2) I’m not connecting with the story
    3) sick of the stupidity of the characters’ choices
    4) the characters are awful people that I wouldn’t want to spend time with.

    I’m sure the authors and publicists would rather I quit and DNF than give them a less than pleasing review.

  • tachira wiltshire

    I love your posts you had me laughing out loud from the beginning . I agree with you why put the energy and effort into anything that so is not worth it. If we do not click form the beginning I just can’t be bothered . I do not think there are weird reasons for ending relationships . If it does not make you happy then let it go . no matter how silly or trivial others may think it is .

  • Susan

    I absolutely love your attitude and philosophy – I wish I had realized I could DNF books a long time ago, because I tortured myself with some really awful ones. I just forced myself to read James Joyce’s “Portrait of the Artist” for a book club, and it was miserable. From now on, my new policy is if I’m not loving the first chapter, it’s a DNF. Life is too short to finish bad books.

    • kisslikeagirl

      It was a hard lesson for me to learn too! I can’t even count the number of books I forced myself to read “in case it got better.” Reading is so much more fun now that I only read books I’m enjoying

  • Devendra

    I don’t like to DNF books. But then sometimes instead of forcing yourself to finish, it is better to DNF it. I totally agree with your reasons to DNF those books.

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence

    I have not thought of relationship DNF‘s in quite some time. They are hilarious and scary at the same time. Your relatable opening helps me understand and truly “get” your reviews of the books that you would DNF. Love the % rating for each. Thanks for helping me steer clear! 😬

  • janna

    last book I couldn’t finish was The Prisoner which won the Pulitzer but I just couldn’t do it. I liked it but couldn’t get through it and ended up deciding I got what I needed from it. Seems like you are in to Romance novels, you should check out my good friend’s new release By the Book by Julia Sonneborn. it might be right up your alley!

  • Kamapala Chukwuka (@kami_chukwuka)

    Such honesty! Girl, I didn’t even know there was something as DNF but it makes perfect sense. I mean what’s the point of boring oneself to death all in the name of finishing a book? I really enjoyed this post, made me laugh. Thanks for the heads up xx

  • JM Kayne

    I did DNF a book a decade or more and when I return to it, it just blows me away! At times when we are not really in the mood or on set to read that particular book, we just have to let it go. It will sure come back to our curiosity once its really time. It’s my first time to see these books… Gotta read a bit more on them… 🙂

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