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There are some books that, no matter how good they sounded or how much others might love them, just weren’t for me. I mean no disrespect to the people that like the books I’m about the list, but there was something about them that I didn’t care for or couldn’t get through (hence a DNF).
Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge
Detention Land by Susan Orion
Perfect Ten by L. Philips
All of these were DNF books. In the case of Fly by Night, I had hoped I’d be able to finish it because I’ve loved the author’s work in the past, but this one felt like one genre book trying too hard to be another and that got annoying quickly.
Detention Land and Perfect Ten were both terribly boring due to the writing style and the characters. I didn’t feel anything for them other than a strong urge to shake them.
Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
These books I finished but they were painful. Other Breakable Things had stupid characters that made foolish choices. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was okay until about halfway through and then it felt like the action plummeted. It is one of the few instances where I have to say that the movie is better than the book. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the worst of the bunch because NOTHING HAPPENS!
You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill
Movie Game by Michael Ebner
Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Sherman
You Were Here (DNF) was all about the imbalance between alternative points of few. Some were okay, others were bad in the tone of voice used. Each was told differently (verse, graphic novel style, etc.) and it got dreary.
Call Me, Maybe (DNF) I hated because the characters were so dense and couldn’t make a good decision to save their lives.
Movie Game (DNF) = muddled plot, poor writing, again with idiotic characters.
Legacy of Kings (DNF) sounded like a great book, but I started out with the audiobook and couldn’t stand it. I tried a physical copy…nope, same result. I think it was because the writing came across as stilted and there was one character’s point of view that I couldn’t stand. Dreading a good chunk of the book doesn’t speak well for an overall good experience.
What books have you not finished? What’s one thing that puts you off a book? Let me know in the comments down below.