5 Books I DNF'd and Why


DNF - (vb. phrase) did not finish; to abandon a project, book, or other item before it is finished; can consist of consigning the aforementioned item to the depths of the Void, feeding it to your pet dragon, or hiding it away in a dark corner.

Hey, everyone!

The phrase "DNF" is a common in the book blogging community, and it usually means to stop reading a book before you get to the end. Some people DNF as early in as the first chapter; some make it nearly to the end before giving up. Some people have DNF'd many books; some have only ever abandoned a few. In my case, I've

5. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flannagan

This was one I read purely because of the recommendation of a friend. Now, to be fair, he's also the one who rec'd Eragon to me, so his taste isn't all that horrible. However, perhaps because I was older than the target audience at the time I read this, I found this book to be predictable, silly, and tiresome. If I had picked it up a few years earlier, I might have liked it, but I think I was just too old when I read it.

4. House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

This is the opposite of the problem I had with Gorlan; I think I was too young when I read Scorpion. Not necessarily because it had R-rated content, but because I just couldn't understand what was going on. If I read it now, I think I would actually like it. Who knows, maybe I'll pick it up again someday!

3. The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

I actually got 4/5 of the way through this one before giving up, but I still DNF'd it in the end. I trudged as far through as I did because of how much I knew my dad loved that series, but eventually, on account of not loving it myself, I had to give it up. There are so many King Arthur stories out there, and this one just wasn't unique enough to keep my interest.

2. Sea of Glory by Nathaniel Philbrick

*THE AUDIENCE GASPS* ELLIE DNFD A NATHANIEL PHILBRICK BOOK?!?

*sigh* yes.

The thing is, I absolutely LOVED Nathaniel Philbrick's books on the American Revolution. And Mayflower and In the Heart of the Sea were fantastic as well, even though they didn't focus on an era I'm particularly interested in. So I figured Sea of Glory would be the same way....

.....it wasn't.

Partially due to the writing - which wasn't nearly as developed at the time of writing this book as it got later on - and partially due to the fact I just wasn't super interested in the topic covered, I DNFd this one pretty early on. *sigh*

1. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Okay, to be fair, part of me DNFing this was due to to the fact that I read it on a tablet. As I discovered through reading GoT, electronic reading and I do not work well together. The screen hurt my eyes pretty quickly, so I often had to put the book down. Furthermore, the writing of Game of Thrones itself just didn't appeal to me. It could have been so vibrant and engaging, but instead it was a lot of "He went there. She did this. They said that." I DNF'd this at around 50%.

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So, let's chat! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What are some books you've DNFd? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

19 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of these books! In eighth grade I really wanted to read Game of Thrones because it sounded cool (although eighth grade me didn't know how explicit it was). I'm lucky I didn't. The series sounds confusing as is, anyways.

    xoxo Morning

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    1. IT IS SUPER CONFUSING. There are about ten characters named Jon, and Martin seems to think it unnecessary to differentiate between them with titles or nicknames. So another character will say, "Oh, I just saw Jon walking to the market" and you'll be like???? WHICH OF THE TWENTY THOUSAND JONS??

      - Ellie

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  2. Interesting to hear this list, as usually people only talk about books they did finish. This is a really neat post idea. I personally loved Rangers Apprentice though haha.

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    1. Thank you! Ahhhh, that's fine, I know I'm definitely the black sheep on most of these :)

      - Ellie

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  3. I'm fond of John Flanagan because I read his books over and over as a kid. I'm yet to be tempted to read Game of Thrones!

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    1. I'm definitely like that with A.A. Milne! Yeah....it's definitely a love it or "eh" it kind of thing, I think.

      - Ellie

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  4. Hi hello! I just started reading your blog and it's great <3

    I've never read any of these books but I have DNF'd quite a few books. One that I really couldn't bring myself to finish was the third book of Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush series. I stuck it out up to the second book, but I found myself not enjoying the third at all!

    It's kind of upsetting to dive into books with high expectations but then they end up not your type at all, but I'd rather DNF then force myself to continue!

    - Andrea (asurgeofthunder.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thank you! <3

      Ohhhh, yes, DNFing a series is something I've nearly done too many times to count (*cough*Wheel of Time*cough*) I definitely agree!

      Thank you for your sweet + sincere comment!!

      - Ellie

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  5. Hahaha. I just read your reply to Morning and YES. TWENTY THOUSAND JONS.

    I am on the second GoT book at the moment, as I began watching the series (big mistake) and decided 'you know what? Let's read the books first". I'll admit, some chapters I despise. I find Sansa Stark annoying, I liked Jon Snow at the beginning, but now? I'm mostly just reading for Daenarys and Arya. They are literally the only characters I like (well, Tyrion Lannister is actually pretty cool. Him too.)

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    1. LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE JON IN THE UNIVERSE. ALL OF THEM. EVERY LAST JON.

      Those three were the ones I liked, too!! I was annoyed by Sansa at first, then felt bad for her. Mostly, Jaime annoyed me. Catelyn did later, as well.

      - Ellie

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  6. Usually I DNF books because they can't hold my interest (like the fourth Elsie Dinsmore book...after sitting through three of them I did not want to read another one) or they make me too...uncomfortable. O.o

    ~Lydia~ <3

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    1. There's nothing worse than feeling compelled to read a book you don't like!

      - Ellie

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  7. This was such an interesting post, Ellie! I've never seen this kind of post before. (For the record, I DNF Game of Thrones either! It was kinda boring.) Lovely post! Looking forward to your next post. xo

    https://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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  8. I also DNF'd House of the Scorpion, I remember reading about 50 or so pages and hating the way the characters acted and the discriptions of things. I kinda felt weird reading it and really had to stop, I was expecting a lot from it too but it just wasn't for me.

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    1. I feel that! It's definitely not in my typical genre either.

      - Ellie

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  9. Eh. I DNF'd Game of Thrones also, I just couldn't get into the story enough and it felt more like homework instead of reading. I might try to re-read it, idk..

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  10. I haven't read any of these either but I plan to Game of Thrones at some point. It looks very daunting to be honest but I have friends who are obsessed with it. :O

    - Skylar | Skywriting

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