Now, you may be wondering what “DNF” means. DNF is an abbreviation for Did Not Finish. I don’t know about you, but for me, there will always be some books out there that I haven’t, and won’t, finish. Some, if not most of us have unfinished books. There are a few people out there in the world who have finished every book they’ve read. I congratulate you. I couldn’t have stuck with it even if I wanted to.
Here are some of the ones that I’ve recently left unfinished.
- Welcome to the Dark House, by Laurie Faria Stolarz — YA Mystery
I started reading Welcome to the Dark House (WTTDH) with the intent to finish the book. Really, I did. I started reading the book and what I read was awesome. I was starting to get into the storyline. I wanted to see what would happen next, and what would happen by the end of the novel.
However, the further I got into the book, the more I realized that there were a lot of differing views within that storyline. I’m pretty sure there was at least 5 different points of view. And a few
and by few, I mean all except one point(s) of view were so….typical. Which is why WTTDH is a YA…but still. The points of view changed so often, and so quickly, that I couldn’t get into the book as much as I wanted to.
- What You Left Behind, by Jessica Verdi — YA Contemporary
What You Left Behind (WYLB) was nothing that I thought it would be. I definitely thought that WYLB would be from a teenage girls perspective, but the point of view is actually from a teenage boy! Right when I realized that, I knew that this book would get interesting.
And the book did get interesting…..somewhat. I think I got around to halfway through What You Left Behind before I had to return it to the library. What I liked about the book was that the main character, Ryden, was dealing with what a lot of kids do-and don’t- go through in their teenage years. The situation is one that Ryden would change in an instant if he could. While the story progresses, as does Rydens life. Ryden wants to be able to act like a normal teenager, do normal teenage activities. While I didn’t get to see how everything turned out for him, I knew he had the resolve to do what he wanted to do as well as being responsible.
The only reason why I haven’t finished What You Left Behind was because I had to return it to the library. I’m definitely going to try and re-read WYLB sometime in the new year. For now though, WYLB remains unfinished.
- Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence — Dark Fantasy
I was recommended Prince of Thorns from a friend of mine. From the hundred or so pages that I read, I did enjoy it
(gore and all). But I was also confused since there seems to be a time lapse written into the story. I often had to re-read a page or two just to get my bearings. Was I reading in the present, or was I reading something from the main characters memory? I didn’t know.
I definitely believe that if Prince of the Mark was written a tad differently, if the book had a little title on each chapter of when the time of view would change, I would have been able to complete the book.
These 3 books are the 3 books that I’ve labelled as ‘DNF’ lately. Have you decided not to finish reading any books lately? If so, what were/are they?