Books I DNF’d in 2019

Hi everyone and welcome to the first post of 2020! Which is… still one of those wrap-up posts of 2019 because I got lazy during the holidays (and, to be fair, I was either chilling at my grandma’s with no internet or out with friends, so I don’t feel too bad about it).

I’ve been updating this post since the beginning of last year because I always tend to forget my DNF’s unless they’re really bad or there is something otherwise memorable about them. Note that not all my DNF’s have the same value or explanation and that I also not always rate them.

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke – no review/rating, I tried listening to the audiobook but I really didn’t care about anything that was happening.

American Queen by Sierra Simone – no review/rating, I loved the writing and the audiobook made me fall into it right away, the characters sounded very interesting and the concept of the plot intrigued me immensely. Unfortunately one scene made me very very uncomfortable (MC is 16 and future LI is 26) and I couldn’t continue.

Definitely, Maybe, Yours by Lissa Reed – no rating, review here

Island of Broken Years by Jane Fletcher – no rating, review here and discussion post inspired by this book here

Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern – no rating, review here

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman – no rating, review here

Reverb by Anna Zabo – no rating (but it would’ve been a positive one), review here. This is probably the first book that I had to DNF although I was loving it because it made me too anxious, the stalking element can be very triggering and I personally decide to take care of myself by asking friends how the book ended but not finishing it myself. I would still absolutely recommend this book and this series to lovers of the contemporary romance genre!

Villains Don’t Date Superheroes by Hayden Archer – no rating/review, I barely read one chapter and it read way too childish for my tastes (I’m not trying to be the adult reading YA and complaining that it’s YA, just saying for me it was not something I’m interested in). I think teens would like this though, it sounds like it’s fun and it’s sapphic!

Reverie by Ryan La Sala – no rating, review here

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Do you DNF books sometimes? What do you think about DNF’ing in general?

I hope everyone has an amazing 2020 filled with good books!

Books I DNF’d in 2018

I haven’t talked about my DNF’s for a while, so I thought it would be cool to take a look back at what I DNF’d this year.

Back in 2017 I DNF’d a total of 10 books (all ARCs). This year they were only 8, which is less than last year but I know it’s a lot for some people. They were also both ARCs and books that were free online for a time or books I managed to return, so I didn’t waste any money on them fortunately.


36406908-2Curved Horizon (The Camellia Clock Cycle #2) by Taylor Brooke

My first DNF of the year was something I should’ve seen coming. After not loving the first book in this series I wanted to give the author another try but it seems their style is just not for me.| full review



Concerto in Chroma Major by Naomi Tajedler

This is the only DNF rant review I’ve written this year because this book made me all kinds of angry. Who the fuck goes “I’m going to write a book for fat queer girls………..and I’m going to fill it with fatphobia and biphobia on every page!” I’m still so angry just thinking about it. | full review



The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

This was my first audiobook DNF ever. I could have finished it, I was probably halfway through. I put it on hold for a bit and after a couple of months I realized I couldn’t care less about continuing the story, so I ended up returning it.


34927042Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

This was free on Riveted for a while. I started reading it and it was kind of predictable and I just didn’t really care about any of it. I didn’t spend any money on it so I gave up before I ended up wasting too much time on it.


41460723Found at Sea by Jaclyn Osborn

This sounded like my exact cup of tea. M/M romance between pirates? But nah it was kind of bad. First of all the age gap (29/19) made me uncomfortable, then the characters weren’t that well written and the writing style was just not great. I was still on time to return the ebook so I did before wasting more time on it.


40183920Love Like This (Seven Shores #4) by Melissa Brayden

This is a book I could’ve kept reading if I had more patience but I just don’t. Parts of it were really sweet and at first I really liked it, until I realized some things made me very uncomfortable, like the non-consensual kissing that was romanticized. After that it was all I could think about and it was annoying me so I decided to put it down forever.


23462649Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

My second audiobook DNF and I’m kind of sad about it. My previous experiences with Neil Gaiman were a five stars to Norse Mythology in audiobook format, where I discovered how sexy nice Gaiman’s voice is, and a three star to The Ocean at the End of the Lane (read in paperback). I thought that Neverwhere should’ve been at least a 4 stars read because Gaiman was reading it, but I had some issues getting into it because I couldn’t understand the names of the characters without seeing them written, and once I got a little more into the story I still couldn’t care less about the characters or the world. I’m not in the business of wasting time and money on books I’m not enjoying so I decided to stop reading and return it to audible with no regrets. Also Neil Gaiman seems like the kind of guy who wouldn’t mind if someone decides one of his books are not for them so I don’t feel bad. His voice is still sexy though.


39298105Fake Out by Eden Finley

Ughhhhhhh this book. When I start a book because of a specific trope (fake boyfriends) I kind of want that trope to drag until after the 50% mark. I also wish m/m writers stopped filling their books with a lot of casual transphobia. Get woke y’all. | full review



Do you often DNF books? Why/why not? Have you read (or DNF’d) any of the ones I mentioned above?