Hello everyone and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s topic is dealing with DNFd books (or books I did not finish). Rather than talk about specific books I’ve DNFd recently I thought I would talk about 10 things make me DNF a book.
1- When a story is too complicated
I have noticed this especially with epic fantasy that when an author just info dumps about a new world I can some times get lost. Usually it goes better if I am reading rather than listening to books.
2- When the characters lack depth
I’m sure we can all relate to this one. I cannot stand characters that I just don’t care about the characters. I feel like it looses an element of the story.
3- When the dialogue feels forced
For me, it really disrupts the story when the dialogue feels fake or forced. I won’t name any titles but there are some books where authors have included dialogue that no one would ever actually say. It’s is probably one of my biggest bookish pet peeves!
4- When nothing happens
I won’t spend too much time on this one because I have mentioned it before but I often struggle with solely character driven stories. I definitely need a driving plot to keep me interested.
5- When the prose is too flowery
I read to escape and so some times when a book’s prose is too elegant for the sheer sake of being beautiful it often takes me out of the story.
6- When the format is distracting
I read a lot of ARCs and so this complaint comes more from the lack of formatting in those. Since these are uncorrected proofs there spaces in weird spots and broken up words where new sentences will start in the final format. It definitely deters me from an ARC though when the format is wonky.
7- When I realize I’m not invested
When I realize I’m excited to dive back into a book or I find myself daydreaming about another book I’ll usually give it a handful of pages before setting it down and picking up some thing I’m more excited about.
8- When I feel I’m hitting a slump
Nothing puts me into a reading slump faster than a book I’m forcing my way through. Yet because of my propensity to put down some thing I’m not enjoying I’m more likely to take risks on books outside of my comfort zone.
9- When the narrator is not my cup of tea
This only applies to audiobooks but I really struggle when a narrator reads the voices of different characters all the same. Not only is it hard to follow but takes a potentially very dynamic story and take away from it.
10- When I realize I’m not enjoying it and can always try again later
Okay, I know this one isn’t really a reason I DNF but I think the important thing to remember is that just because you put down a book NOW doesn’t mean you can’t pick it up again LATER.
So read on and don’t be afraid to set some thing down if you aren’t loving it.
What About You?
Do you DNF books? If so, what makes you do it? How many books have you DNFed this year so far? Let me know in the comments!