Life is too short to spend reading bad books.
It took me quite some time to accept IT IS OKAY not to finish a book, though still I forge on with almost everything I pick up.
I can abide poor grammar and incorrect punctuation, I’ll admit my own is nowhere near perfect. I shrug off overused phrases and vocabulary, including my most despised word ‘proverbial’ which I tend to think is used unnecessarily. Common tropes and predictability can be forgiven. Inconsistent pace, confusing timelines and irrelevant content are all acceptable to me as long as I ENJOY THE STORY, or at least some of it.
I don’t have a target number of pages or percentage of content to read before deciding a DNF, but I do have guidelines.
Here’s how to make me drop a book;
-Graphic sexual violence involving children.
Too much detail turns my stomach, not the page.
-Total lack of direction/ explanation.
If I have no idea what’s going on for too long I will lose interest.
-Incorrect genre definition or blurb
Blend, switch and tie-in different themes but if I can find no correlation between the content and the description that originally drew me to it… I’m out.
The first title ever to land on my DNF (do-not-finish) list, hereto known as The Page of Shame, did so in 2016.
Below you can see the fiction books I won’t ever be completing. Feel free to drop me a comment if you think I should change my mind…
- The Book Of Joan – Lidia Yuknavitch – Dystopian SciFi- 17% read
- Sorry – Zoran Drvenkar – Thriller, Suspense – 45% read
- We- Yevgeny Zamyatin – Dystopian SciFi- 32% read
- Zoo – Jamie Mollart- Psychological – 28%
Which books made your DNF hitlist?
Do you disagree with any of my choices?
Want me to expand on my decisions?
Let me know in the comments or @AnAverageLife88