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June 5: Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.)

I used to never DNF, but then I decided life is too short for books that make me unhappy. My policy is three tries. I don’t have many, though, because I just don’t start books that don’t appeal to me. Alphabetical as always.

Top Ten Books I’m Glad I DNFd

1. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; Hirohiko Araki. It opens with a human sacrifice, and goes downhill from there.

2. The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky; Jana Casale. A book where nothing much happens.

3. Ulysses; James Joyce. I know this is a classic, but it’s just so jumbled and incomprehensible.

4. Lolita; Vladimir Nabokov. Some minds I just don’t want to understand.

5. Winter; Ali Smith. Too weird and disjointed.

6. The Sky is Yours; Chandler Smith. A bunch of whiny, self-centered characters. Ugh.

7. The Other Lady Vanishes; Amanda Quick. I just couldn’t connect with these characters, because almost all of them are terrible people.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

18 responses »

  1. Marcia says:

    I shudder when I see a copy (or a picture of a copy) of Lolita, anywhere. A thoroughly disgusting book. And I could never get into Ulysses, either. I haven’t tried to read any of the others, but from your descriptions, I’m pretty sure I haven’t missed anything I’d enjoy. 🙂 Another interesting Tuesday post. 😀

    • Yeah, Lolita creeped me out from the start, and only got worse. 😦
      On the plus side, I’m glad I’m not the sort of person who won’t try a book!

      • Marcia says:

        I gave it a try when it was RELEASED, lo those many years ago, and was utterly sickened. I have some subjects and genres I will not read, because I know how they will make me feel. These days, with my extremely limited reading time, I don’t want to waste a minute on a book I’m 99% sure isn’t for me. But if I were younger and had my evenings back again, I’d be more exploratory, perhaps. 😀

  2. I haven’t read any of these, and your thoughts make me want to stay away!

  3. FranL says:

    I liked Ali Smith’s Autumn but I haven’t read Winter yet. I’m OK with weird and disjointed sometimes, so I’ll just have to read it when I’m in the right mood I suppose!

    I rarely DNF books so I decided to take on something totally different

  4. HeyGrace says:

    I 100% agree with Ulysses! ..thinking about it makes my head hurt!

  5. I like the title, The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky, but yeah from the synopsis it sounds like it could either be profound or terribly terribly boring.

  6. Lauren Mead says:

    Amen to “Ulysses.” I wasn’t into that one either… BUT who knows? Maybe I will pick it back up again. I think that sometimes when I DNF a book it’s down to the time of year or what mood I’m in.

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