A couple months ago, my brother-in-law texted me about a Reddit thread he came across that he thought I would enjoy - what are the deadly sins that will make you stop reading a book? I DNF quite a bit, so of course I was interested!
The contributors noted a lot of things that often make me roll my eyes when I'm reading - terrible characters, plots based on a misunderstanding that could be easily cleared up, worrying about a love interest when there's some sort of tragic or dangerous situation going on, infodumps. It inspired me to go back through some of my DNFs and explore what made me give up on certain books.
I hope I won't be controversial with these first two! I know these books are so beloved by many, many other readers and bloggers. I actually really liked the beginning of The Cruel Prince, when it started in the "real world," but as soon as it switched to the fantasy world, I just lost interest in the world-building. I started reading This Savage Song, but felt like it was getting too angsty. I think part of the problem with these two is that I haven't been in much of a mood for fantasy recently, so perhaps if I was in a different mindset, I might give them another chance.
For some reason, Renee Carlino and I just don't mix. I love women's fiction, and I thought I would like her books because they seemed similar to Emily Giffin or Taylor Jenkins Reid, both favorites of mine. I wasn't crazy about the first book I read by her, and then I got to Swear on This Life. The writing wasn't great, the characters were so melodramatic, and the book-within-a-book felt very pedestrian, so I quit it.
Onto two nonfiction books that I DNFed - I though the premise of Overdressed was fascinating (basically how we treat clothing as a cheap disposable item), but the first chapter was very unfocused and kept switching topics randomly from one paragraph to the next. I really like Whitney Cummings - I think she's hilarious - so I thought I would love her memoir. I started listening to it on audio, and while I enjoyed her voice, the subject manner was a different story. I thought I was going to get the typical celebrity memoir, but it was more about her forays into therapy, so it felt at times like I was listening to a psychology textbook. Also, she went off on random tangents that made following her stories difficult. I stopped listening about halfway through.
Do you DNF? What was the most recent book you DNFed? What will make you stop reading a book? Should I give any of these books another chance?