2021 DNFs

Hello! I am writing a bit of a controversial topic today regarding DNFs aka books that were not finished. I have actively DNFd three very popular books this year. I wanted to dive into those books and explain why I made the decision to DNF or put down for another time. These are my own opinions so please do not come for me if I mention your favorite book. I have a feeling the last book on this list is gonna get me in trouble.

The first book on this list is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. I am the first to admit that you are either gonna love her books or hate them. I feel like there’s always a few that people don’t like but they enjoy the others she has published. I went into this book expecting it to be pretty good, but the pacing was so slow. I felt like it was hard to connect with the main character. I made the decision to DNF for the time being because I just couldn’t get into the book when I first picked it up. I do think this is one that I would like pick up again at a later point. Does the pacing even out? Let me know down below!

I feel bad saying this but I DNFed the Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I honestly could not stand the main character in this book. I read about 40% of this book which for me is a lot to read to end up DNFing it. I feel like the author gave the MC such a terrible life that she would want to change it. I think the concept is really cool, but I found it really hard to watch her dance between lives and still be miserable. It’s also really hard for someone who does suffer from anxiety and depression. Her case is severe and it honestly left me feeling rather meh after reading it. I do want to try his other book The Humans to see if maybe that’s more of my cup of tea.

The last book that is probably gonna earn me a spot in the time out corner is Crescent City by Sarah J Maas. I tried so hard to love this book, but I am not a big SJM fan. The murder mystery plot line was what sold me on this book versus her other works. I tried to read Throne of Glass, but I didn’t like it. I avoided the ACOTAR series because I’m not really into fairies. Crescent City really had the potential for me to be a good book. I made it about 51% of the book before I called it quits. The horniness of the main character and the love interest was honestly uncomfortable to sit through especially when he wanted to suck her toes. I almost gagged when I read that section of the book. I’m not a big romance reader, but I honestly had hoped that the romance wouldn’t overshadow the plot. I think that it’s different for everyone because a lot of people do really enjoy SJM and Crescent City. It just wasn’t the book for me. I don’t like romance being the center point of a story especially one like a murder mystery.

What books did you DNF this year? Do you agree with my points or do you want to try to sell me on why I should pick these books up again?