DNF&Y is a feature hosted by Lindsi at Do You Dog-ear? According to Lindsi, "DNF&Y is used to explain why I gave up on certain books, and what about them just didn't work for me. What I disliked about a book might be something you love, so it helps to share your thoughts even when they're negative!" Since I tend to DNF quite a bit, I thought it would be fun to participate!
I've had pretty bad luck recently with audiobooks and actually DNFed these three right in a row!
The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason (2018)
This book is about a medical student who finds himself thrust into actually practicing medicine when World War I breaks out. I love a good wartime story, but this one was so bland and the writing felt so sparse that I began to dread listening to it and had to DNF.
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary (2019)
This book has been such a hit this year, so I didn't even mind that the wait list at my library was pretty long. I was so excited to finally get it.. and then.. the narrator's voices - ugh! Could they have found two less pleasing voices to narrate this book? I couldn't even understand what "Leon" was saying half the time, it was so garbled, coupled with the fact that his sections were written more as train of thought than actual sentences. I might go back to this one at some point in print, but the audio definitely didn't work for me.
The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick (2019)
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper was one of my favorite books a couple years ago, so I was excited to see what Patrick put out next. I thought the premise of this book, about a volunteer librarian named Martha who finds out that her grandmother, who she thought passed away years ago, might actually still be alive, sounded interesting. I ended up DNFing this book around 25%. Martha was the biggest doormat - it's nice that she wants to help people, but she goes too far and just does everything for everyone, and clearly very few people even appreciate it. I just wanted her to get a real job and a real life. And - minor spoiler - when we find out her grandmother is still actually alive, I began to feel like any family secret that was going to be revealed was going to be ridiculous and I just didn't even care to know.
Have you read any of these?