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3 books I already gave up on this year

Hey y’all! I’m not here to rehash the merits or issues with not finishing a book that you’ve started. DNFing is complicated and varies person to person. We’re solid on that by now I think.☺But I happen to be a person who is happy to say I’ve attempted to read a book, and decided not to finish. It usually doesn’t happen often, but this year has been an exception! I’ve already DNFd three books this year (and it’s not even been two months!!!), but each is for it’s own unique reason.

My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee

This one is just a little too much for me right now. I’m handling a lot of big changes in my life, and frankly have hardly had time to read or blog this year. So I decided to put this one in the attempted pile and maybe pick it back up during the summer, when I have time to lounge. It was mostly just a timing issue with this one.

The Part About the Dragon was Mostly True by Sean Gibson

Ultimately, this one came down to the humour not really working for me. That was like 80% of the novel, and without it, that last 20% of plot wasn’t strong enough to keep me interested. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t for me.

Bleaker House by Nell Stevens

This one was an oddity. I saw on Goodreads that I had marked it complete, and I thought “wow I don’t even remember finishing that, it must not have been great.” And then I checked, and I hadn’t actually finished it (just misclicked on GR). And the fact that I couldn’t remember if I had or had not finished it convinced me that I didn’t need to. It was also pretty weird and not what I was hoping for. Again, not awful… but formless enough to prevent me from loving it.

Have you attempted any books this year that you just couldn’t finish? Did you push your way through ones that you wish you could have put down?


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5 thoughts on “3 books I already gave up on this year

  1. At the start of the year, I started an ARC of Her Turn by Allison Jones and the writing style wasn’t my cup of tea but I pushed through it 😅. So far that’s the only book I had the urge to DNF. I haven’t picked up any of the books in this list but have My Year Abroad on my TBR 🤔

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    1. Ah, that’s always so tough! But hey, they can’t all be our faves. I like when they have a sample chapter available so your can check for stuff like that. Also I totally recommend My Year Abroad! It was weird, but strangely compelling from the first 25% that I did read. I just don’t have time for that right now haha. I hope you love it 😁

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      1. That’s true some will be our favs and some may not 🤔. Yes, I always, always read sample chapter if there’s an option 🥺. I’ll try out My Year Abroad some day! Thank you I hope I do! 💖

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