There are books that I have forced myself to finish – whether it was for school or because I apparently wanted to torture myself, though usually it’s the latter. I can think of more than enough times where I pushed myself to finish a book despite the fact that I had no interest in what I was reading.
I’m sure we’ve all done that before. Maybe it was to say we read the book or maybe, like myself, it’s because that you hope the book will eventually get better. That last reason there is usually why I finish a book, especially if it’s one that has been hyped up a lot. I see all these amazing reviews and literally everyone is talking about it, but when I read it I wonder to myself, “What is so great about this book? I’m not liking it.”
Of course, I get that we’re not all going to like the same books. That would be boring. I think it’s more that when you see a book and think, “oh man, I’m going to love this!” and then you end up hating it… that’s when it becomes disappointing.
Thanks to reading journals and Goodreads, I have been able to keep track of what books I was somehow able to finish despite my lack of interest.
Books I Regret Reading
The Circle – Dave Eggers
There was just so much in this book that didn’t need to be in there, especially the random sexual scenes. Like… what? It didn’t even have anything to do with the plot! On that note, the movie is just as bad (but Emma Watson speaking with an American accent is flawless).
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
Don’t hate me guys, I just wasn’t all into it after chapter six. It started off really good for me, but then it just felt like a chore to finish reading.
Game Changers – Joseph Monninger
I just felt like I wasted my time reading that one
Infinite In Between – Carolyn Mackler
This book jumped around too much and didn’t really go into depth with the characters. I never got to know them well enough to care about them and what happened to them during their high school years.
Paper Towns – John Green
This entire was just a wild goose chase only for me to be disappointed with the end. Sorry John Green fans… but as this was my first book of his that I’ve read, I don’t think I’ll be reading any other ones. At least, not right away.
The Last Best Story – Maggie Lehrman
Another one of those books that had so much potential, but it just didn’t get executed well. This was one of those times where I kept thinking it would get better, but it didn’t.
City Love – Susane Colasanti
This book felt like a chore to read. I was excited to read it too though, because it as about three roommates meeting for the first time over the summer before starting college in the fall. I just didn’t connect with the characters and the story fell flat for me.
So, yeah… I have wasted my time on a number of books that I should’ve DNF’d. That’s my own fault, but I really wanted to give the books a chance, you know?
Are there any books you regret reading? Do you have any problems DNF-ing a book?