Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books You DNF

This week's Top 5 Wednesday is the Top 5 Books You DNF (Did Not Finish). I feel like, maybe, this topic has been covered before, but I'll gladly do it again. I understand that there are only so many new ideas for topics and repeats are welcome. Plus new DNF books could have been added to lists since the first, original topic occurred. So, long story short, I'm doing the Top 5 Books I DNF.
I've mentioned this before and I'll mention it again, I very rarely DNF books. I don't like doing it. I know some people argue that why waste time on a book you don't like, but I feel like I've already wasted some time by starting it, and if I've already started it, I'm kind of committed to see how it ends. Plus, it could be one of those books that gets better the more you read of it, or just has a spectacular ending that I don't want to miss out on. Now, because of this thought process, I've read some real boring books, and even some books I've hated. Most times though, I don't regret powering through a book and not succumbing to the DNF mindset. I do have some books that qualify for this topic though, some of them come with conditions. So, here's my Top 5 Books I DNF...

Books that I had to stop reading for various reasons, but do plan on picking up again.

5. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler: I had to read this for a class that I was taking in college and I think that's what led to me DNF'ing this book. I'm not good at required reading. If I have to read it, it becomes a chore to read it. Especially if I have to finish it by a certain day or get to a certain page at a specific time. It's been like that for all of my required books really, unless I like the book so much that I have to finish it just for me. But I do want to eventually pick this one up again and read it all the way through. It's about race relations, the South, slavery, and time travel. I do think it will be an interesting read, whenever I get around to it.
4. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan: I DNF this one for a couple of reasons. Most important reason was that it was a library book and it came up on the due date before I finished it. I didn't plan my time well while reading it. The second reason was that it just wasn't the type of book that I was wanting. I thought I'd be getting a more cute girl meets prince story, and the story I got didn't fit that image. I will pick it up again and finish it one day. It is still on my Goodreads currently reading shelf.
3. Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry: This one is for pretty much the same reasons as #4. It was due back at the library before I could finish it, so I didn't plan my time well again. I also wasn't in love with this book while I was reading it, and I think that could just be the mood I was in at the time. It didn't capture me like I wanted it to and because of that, I was reading it super slowly and getting distracted by other stuff. I hope to get back to this one sooner though, because I have re-checked it out from the library. That's the cool thing you can do with library books, check them out again and again. Support your library people!!

Books that I gave up on just because I couldn't force myself through it. I wasn't enjoying the experience of the book and had to quit.

2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: There is a lot of love for this classic book, but I just wasn't feeling it when I read it. I don't know if I'll try to read it again, I could, but I don't make any promises. This book was just too weird and whimsical for me to get into. I also am unsure about the author. I've kind of seen things that would suggest that he could have been a pedophile. I mean, there is no direct evidence to support my theory, but I do think it's a little weird that he liked to take photos of young girls dressed up and by themselves. I would think differently if he had based Alice on like his own daughter or something, but it just kind of makes me feel icky that he wasn't related to this little girl, but just liked to go and hang out with her as a 20+ year old guy. I know this is a classic story, but that's just my own opinion on maybe why I DNF this book.
1. The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings Book 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien: I got about halfway through this one and just had to give up on it. I just got sooooo bored. I was already struggling through the first half and I just didn't want to put myself through the misery of reading the second half. There was just too much journeying and singing for me to really like it. I know this is probably blasphemy to DNF this book, but I just couldn't read any more of it.

So those are the Top 5 Books That I DNF. Which ones have you DNF'ed? Do you feel the same way as me about DNF'ing books? Let me know in the comments below, because I love talking books. If you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should. Each Wednesday is a fun, new topic to think about and share, plus it's a nice addition to any blog or booktube channel. Check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers Here!

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