Confessions From an Outlier: Books On My DNF Shelf in 2022
Contrary to how it may appear, I do not love every book I read. Listed here are the books that are on my DNF shelf in 2022.
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Is it easy or difficult for you to DNF a book?
Today’s post differs from most you will read here. Keen observers might notice that my monthly wrap-up posts occasionally include books that are on my DNF shelf. If you follow my blog you are used to reading enthusiastic book reviews and you might think that every book I read is a 4- or 5-star read. Some book review bloggers review every book they read on their blog. My preference is to rate every book I read on Goodreads, and promote my best reads here. There’s no one right way to run a blog. Although my reviews might lead you to believe that I love every book I read, I do read my share of duds and meh reads and experience an occasional DNF.
Even though this isn’t my favorite post to write, I have thought quite a bit about underwhelming books this year, i.e. books on my DNF shelf. DNF is on the top of my mind at the end of the year because I think I beat my personal record for the number of DNFs in one year. I usually don’t rack up this many DNFs because I know my own reading tastes and can steer clear of books I don’t think will work for me. I only have FOMO to blame for this year.
Being an outlier for a hyped book isn’t always comfortable. I’ve been challenged a couple of times on Goodreads. My DNF might be your favorite book of the year, and that’s OK. If you want to respond to this post with “Bah Humbug,” I understand.
A few observations before I begin:
- DNF is a legitimate reader response.
- No two readers read the same book; if a book isn’t to my taste, it might be exactly right for you.
- Reading is a PERSONAL experience.
- Being a mood reader contributes to DNFing; sometimes it’s not the book, it’s me.
- Reading books you do not enjoy can cause reading slumps.
- If you’re not reading a book for a class, you do not have to finish it!
- Sometimes not being in the mood for a certain book is a legitimate reason to DNF. (I’m a huge mood reader)
- If I DNF one of your favorite books and you DNF one of mine, we can still be bookish friends. Just because a book is not for me doesn’t mean it’s not for you!
- It’s important to know your reading tastes.
- High expectations can contribute to DNFing.
- A part of me would rather record a DNF for a book rather than finish it and give it a 1 star rating.
- DNFing becomes easier with practice!
- I can’t say this too many times….I’m not here to hate on these books….I’m only saying they didn’t match my reading taste.
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Books On My DNF Shelf in 2022
(In no particular order)
I may have already lost a few of you! This popular and hyped book is already on the top of many “best of the year” lists. Why did I DNF it at 7%? It was publicized as light, feel-good, and laugh-out-loud funny….and that’s what I was expecting and in the mood for. When I came across the rape scene, my expectations collided with my reading experience and I decided to DNF.
Another popular book that I DNF’d at 27%. I found the main character unlikable, immature, and spoiled. I had visions of this being another Eat, Pray, Love and I just couldn’t.
I didn’t record the actual percentage read and I don’t honestly have concrete reasons for my DNF other than I just wasn’t feeling it. Probably a case of it’s me, not the book.
Once again, a hyped book and popular author resulted in a DNF at 23%. I didn’t like the main character, and that caused me not to care about the storyline. (It wasn’t the actual tennis because I did read every page of Open by Agassi!)
Best known as a popular narrator, I impulsively claimed FOMO and borrowed this from the library only to find out that her content is not to my taste.
This book appears on many favorites lists, and so I decided to give it a try. Meh. It didn’t hold my interest.
This is a popular graphic novel for middle-grade readers. I don’t have a great deal of patience for heavily agenda-driven books and this just became tiresome. (not the issues themselves; but the lectures that soon overwhelmed the story)
Anne Tyler is hit or miss for me. I was bored at 50%.
Honestly, I can’t remember exactly why I DNF’d this one at 19% other than just not being in the mood.
When I saw the recent release in this series, I thought I should start with this first one because I’m a diehard “read in order” reader. I DNF’d at 16% because of frequent body shaming.
Have you ever DNF’d a book?
Did you DNF a book this year?
Do you find it easy or difficult to DNF?
Does a book on my list shock you or cause dismay?
Happy Reading Book Buddies!
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