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The Reviewer's Roundtable 1

The Reviewers:
Rachel from Rachel Reads (Saturdays)
Emily from Read Your Bookcase (Fridays)
Michelle from here at Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)

Why do YOU Choose to not finish a book? 

I have a HORRIBLE time putting down a book I dislike.

  • I ain't no quitter.

  • I feel like I owe it to the author to see it through to the end. Maybe the ending is absolutely AMAZING and you have to get to the end in order to appreciate the beginning.
  • I've made it halfway through the book. I might as well finish, so I can say that I did.
  • How can I criticize the book if I haven't finished it? Who am I to talk bad about something if I don't even know what I'm talking about?
There aren't many books that I've put down, but here are some examples and explanations.

This book was just icky. I couldn't handle it. Maybe I was too young to be reading a book like this. I had heard such good things about it! I honestly gave it my best shot. Overall, it was just weird and gross and not my cup of tea. 

I loved their last book, so naturally I decided to read their next.
It wasn't contemporary. It was historical and it didn't feel real to me. (I take my historical fiction seriously. I want to learn something.)
It kinda seemed like they were going for a Jane Austen feel, but it just didn't work for me.

So I skipped to the end, made sure they got together, and moved on. NEXT!

I don't even remember what I didn't like about this one. I just know that I could not finish it for some reason. If I don't even remember why I didn't like it, that's saying something, isn't it?

She uses makeup from the '20s. It must be some MAGICAL stuff for it to actually be usable over 80 years later. And the ghost was annoying. The main character was a pushover and was made to be ridiculous. I wanted to like the main character, not the ghost, but I didn't like either. I was horribly disappointed because I really enjoy Sophie Kinsella's standalones most of the time. She's a great author.

So, overall, it wasn't that the DNF books were BADLY written - they just weren't for me. I know some people just LOVE the book Stargirl. Also, some people's favorite books are historical romances. The right person just needs the right book.

What do YOU think?
Why do you put a book on your DNF pile?


  1. I usually don't make a conscious decision to DNF a book... but I have a tendency to pick up another book if I really don't like what I'm reading, maybe switch between the two for a bit. And then I'll eventually forget about switching back. lol

    I read for the characters usually, so initial lack of interest might from characters that aren't well developed, or that I really don't like. Slow plots can also make me lose interest, but if the characters are awesome I'll usually push through the slowness.

    Nikki @ There were books involved...

  2. I don't review books that I DNF so that I could see that being a good reason to push through a book. I didn't care for Stargirl either, she didn't really make sense to me. And the MC didn't appreciate her either, so really there was no point.


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