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Steph (angel4492) | 28251 comments Daffodil made a good suggestion for a topic. What is your most recent DNF (Did Not Finish) book and why?

If you're like me and have to finish a book no matter what, but may take forever to do it, what book have you currently been trying to read forever? What exactly is putting you off finishing the book?


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Steph (angel4492) | 28251 comments I try to finish all my books as well, but there are a few that sit in my DNF stack. I haven't tried to get back to them, yet ... maybe eventually.

What keeps me from trying again?
Too many book I really want to read, why bother with one I didn't care for the first go 'round? :)

Books in My DNF Stack
Of Saints and Shadows (The Shadow Saga, #1) by Christopher Golden Minion (Vampire Huntress Legend, #1) by L.A. Banks Bad Blood (Crimson Moon, #1) by L.A. Banks Dead Sexy (Garnet Lacey, #2) by Tate Hallaway Witchling (Sisters of the Moon Series #1) by Yasmine Galenorn Nightseer by Laurell K. Hamilton


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Josie | 1967 comments Oh I have Witchling (Sisters of the Moon, #1) by Yasmine Galenorn and Nightseer by Laurell K. Hamilton on my TBR. I hope it wasn't anything serious about the books that put you off :/

Last one, that I ended up just skimming in the end, was Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3) by Melissa Marr . It was boring. And long. And I didn't care about any of the characters. Really don't want to read the next one...


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Steph (angel4492) | 28251 comments Both of those were ok, but not enough to keep me interested. I've heard Galenorn's series gets better.


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Wan (wanwaddell) | 612 comments My recent DNF The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa . I was halfway thru and had to put it down. It reads like bad imitation of Alice in Wonderland and Chronicles of Narnia combined (with A Midsummer Night’s Dream flavor)....

So it went back to my TBR but don't know when I will be picking it back up.


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Desperado (lethallovely) | 1360 comments Recent DNFs: Steamed (Steampunk Romance, #1) by Katie MacAlister Blood Song (Blood Singer, #1) by Cat Adams Unraveled (Intertwined, #2) by Gena Showalter

I have no problem with not finishing a book. I have too many books on my TBR shelves to waste time on books that make me homicidal. That being said, I've marked maybe 80 DNF out of the 1200+ I've read over the past 5 or so years. I can usually push myself through truly heinous books if they are for challenges.


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Akaria Gale | 3 comments Witch Fire (Elemental Witches, #1) by Anya Bast . It was just too porntastic for me and that's saying alot.

LA Banks also made my DNF. Supposedly the series gets a lot better but the writing style in book one really turned me off.


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Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments I have an obsessive compulsion with finishing books. I'm always thinking, "I need to stick with it--what if it gets awesome in the next chapter?" Plus, I have this teensy challenge addiction, so I hate to try and find something else that will fit a challenge.

But, with that being said, if I wasn't a "must finish book" weirdo, these are ones I would have put down.

Light My Fire (Aisling Grey Guardian, #3) by Katie MacAlister Queen of Dragons (Drakon, #3) by Shana Abé Spirits That Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica Angel Star (Angel Star, #1) by Jennifer Murgia Book of Love (Knight Angels, #1) by Abra Ebner Desire Unchained (Demonica, #2) by Larissa Ione Nightwalker (Dark Days, #1) by Jocelynn Drake Lady of Light and Shadows (Tairen Soul, #2) by C.L. Wilson An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7) by Diana Gabaldon


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Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments My DNFs:

New Moon (Twilight, #2) by Stephenie Meyer Crimson Wind (Horngate Witches, #2) by Diana Pharaoh Francis Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1) by Michelle Zink Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #1) by Stacia Kane Night Shift (Jill Kismet, #1) by Lilith Saintcrow New Moan The Twishite Saga A Parody The First Book in the Twishite Saga A Parody (Twishite Saga 1) by Stephfordy Mayo Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate, #2) by Gail Carriger The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss, #1) by Marjorie M. Liu

Reasons: boredom, confusion and the urge to scream at or kill characters.


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Mariya (cr6zym0nkeyiz) | 87 comments MY DNF STACK

Angel Star (Angel Star, #1) by Jennifer Murgia Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine, #1) by Bree Despain Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #1) by Stacia Kane Wings (Wings, #1) by Aprilynne Pike Reign or Shine (Demon Princess, #1) by Michelle Rowen Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver Night Myst (Indigo Court, #1) by Yasmine Galenorn Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, #1) by Jennifer Rardin

MY REASONS
you know when I first started reading I always say that I will finish a book, but sometimes books that you find highly boring, bad, can't stand plot/characters you just can't finish and why force yourself. That was my problem with these. I rather not read something that I am forcing myself to read, but something else in my TBR pile that I am excited to read instead. XD


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Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments Laura you put down Lady of Light and Shadows!! I hope I didn't inspire that.

In my effort to finish books, I tend to skim -- there are quite a few I have skimmed, that is kinda my way of avoiding DNF. The titles I typically skim are PNR or romance, b/c it just ain't my thang. But anyway, this is my list (my OCD clearly doesn't affect my stoping books)-- and these cover years and years, and are not only from the UF/PNR genre.

Lady of Light and Shadows (Tairen Soul, #2) by C.L. Wilson An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7) by Diana Gabaldon Dawn on a Distant Shore (Wilderness, #2) by Sara Donati Stolen Fury (Stolen Trilogy, #1) by Elisabeth Naughton Eternal Hunter (Night Watch, #1) by Cynthia Eden The Horse Boy A Father's Quest to Heal His Son by Rupert Isaacson The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1) by Ken Follett Once Bitten (Haven, #1) by Kalayna Price Prince Joe (Tall, Dark & Dangerous #1) by Suzanne Brockmann Wicked Appetite (The Unmentionables, #1) by Janet Evanovich The Secrets of Newberry by Victor McGlothin Truly, Madly (Lucy Valentine, #1) by Heather Webber Hunting Season (The Gathering, #1) by Shelly Laurenston Graceling by Kristin Cashore Sisters, Strangers, and Starting Over (A Quinceañera Club Novel) by Belinda Acosta The Second Coming (Words of the Prophecy, #1) by David H. Burton The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #2) by Kim Harrison Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Crime and Punishment  by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Cross Country (Alex Cross, #14) by James Patterson One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez


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Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments Regina, I skimmed my way to freedom with Stolen Fury too :)

I'm surprised about the Laurenston and Evanovich books. I haven't got to them yet.


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Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments Lol! I love that you both included Unholy Ghosts in your lists, while it is one of my fave series ever. I agree, it's not for everyone, you have to like it dark & gritty. But that doesn't stop me from reccing it to everyone. ;)


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Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments I loved the Stephanie Plum series by Evanavich, until about #12, at about #16 I realized I was paying for the EXACT same story just repackaged. There is no progression. So than with Wicked Appetite, Evanovich she seriously just re-wrote one of her Plum stories, same charcters -- new names and different hair color. I really liked Pack Challenge. For some reason Hunting Season was a drag for me.

Stolen Fury really frustated me b/c I was working toward becoming an archeology prof and they don't do what is outlined in that book, lol. But I didn't get past the first 4-5 pages to discover if there were other things that bothered me about that book. :)


message 15: by Literary Ames (last edited Feb 22, 2011 10:43AM) (new)

Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments Regina, did you know Smokin' Seventeen will see ANOTHER love interest introduced? Three guys now, three! I don't think I'll be buying hardcover prices any more. Not worth it.

Yay, I now have a legit reason other than "it rubbed me up the wrong way" for not liking Stolen Fury. If it hadn't been my 144th book -my target last year, I would've abandoned it.

ETA: I've read the Magnus Pack and I'm reading the Pride series ATM. Also all of the Plum series except the "inbetween" books with Diesel.


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Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments Regina wrote: "Laura you put down Lady of Light and Shadows!! I hope I didn't inspire that."

Lol! No, I was going to read them and you were actually the one who reminded me that we like the same things, but you weren't crazy about those. And I did finish it, I just didn't want to. ;)


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Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments Oh I misread your post! I am sorry. GAH. I hate when I do that.

Ames I have read all the in betweens for the Plum series and liked them. A 3rd love interest? That must mean she is pushing toward ending the series? Don't you think? Damn. I love ranger. I do plan in reading #2 of Magnus Pack.


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Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments I hope it's coming to an end. It's not as funny any more and I just want Stephanie to settle down with someone. Anyone. Even if she settled with both Ranger and Morelli, I don't care.

You NEED to read Go Fetch! So much better than Pack Challenge. You will laugh until you cry, guaranteed. So get reading! No pressure or anything LOL


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Daffodil (daffodil--ripcranberry) | 2098 comments If the world building is phenomenal or unique enough, I can look past rough characterizations. Especially in introductory books. The converse is true also. If a character engages my interest, even when the mythology is standard, I can finish the book. But every once in a while, I find a book that doesn't have either factor working for it and I keep putting it aside to start other books. If I put it aside often enough, it makes its way down to the bottom of my TBR stack, LOL.

These are books that I am currently in the process of "reading".

When Darkness Comes (Guardians of Eternity, #1) by Alexandra Ivy Unshapely Things (Connor Grey, #1) by Mark Del Franco Heart of the Wolf (Heart of the Wolf, #1) by Terry Spear Watership Down by Richard Adams

Ivy's has been there for about 4 years; I bought it when it first came out and just couldn't get into it. Sorting through my TBR at home the other day, I unburied it and promptly reburied it. Maybe someday I'll get around to it. Of course, by that time I'll have to restart from the beginning. I did recently recently go back and restart Touched by Darkness (The Sentinels #1) by Catherine Spangler and it had been in the stack about as long as Ivy's had. It fit a challenge so I forced myself to persevere, but I won't be reading anymore in this series.


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Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments I agree Ames, why not both? She already lives in a world where she can eat as many donuts as she wants and not get fat. And both Morelli and Ranger are gone so much, it would be perfect to have both.

I keep hearing how Go Fetch is better, I am working my way there!


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Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments I wouldn't mind having both. I'd be insanely jealous of her if she went that way. ;)


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Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments Agreed, definitely agreed.


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Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments LOL!


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Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments And if I (or you, or I guess Stephanie) had Ranger -- we we would get Ella -- now there is the true catch, a man with a housekeeper/cook!


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Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments That would be heaven!


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Steph (angel4492) | 28251 comments Regina wrote: "Laura you put down Lady of Light and Shadows!!..."

LOL! I was thinking the same! I promised to start that series this year and was shocked to see one of the books from that series made your list, LLL. Must read up until then?


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Steph (angel4492) | 28251 comments I have some of these TBR. :\ Wonder how I'll like them. Some, I already know I like, but that's what I love about groups like this ... everyone has their dis/likes and get to hear both sides of the coin. :)


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Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments Yes! Agreed.


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Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments Steph wrote: "Regina wrote: "Laura you put down Lady of Light and Shadows!!..."

LOL! I was thinking the same! I promised to start that series this year and was shocked to see one of the books from that series made your list, LLL. Must read up until then?"


That was only the 2nd book. It was more like...I tried the first book, it was just ok, I'll try the 2nd...ok, this is not my cuppa.

But you know I'm not a fan of romance books, so ymmv.:)


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Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments It must be bc our lives are so full of romance. ;)


message 31: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28251 comments Whoops, wrong book! LOL! I was asking about An Echo in the Bone --- that's the series I was referring to, sorry, not the other one.


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Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments I stopped Echo not bc I don't like the series. I do. I love it. But the next one after Echo isn't out for awhile so I wanted to pace myself and Echo enda with a cliff hanger.


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Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments I LOVE the Outlander series. But I feel like the author is starting to drag it out. In Echo in the Bone, she gave us supporting character POVs along with the main characters--it's like she's running out of material with her mains. I like the supporting characters, but as that--supporting characters. I read the series for Jamie & Claire, and if she's going to start elevating the supporting cast to main characters--a ensemble cast, if you will--I wish she would just wrap it up instead.

So in Echo, I enjoyed the Jamie & Claire parts, but there were at least 4 other character POVs that I didn't care too much about. Hence, my wanting to DNF, or at least majorly skim. But alas, I cannot skim. Damn OCDemon.

But definitely do not let that stop you from starting this series. You will love it. I promise. :)


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Vivian (_vivian) | 1934 comments Because of these darn challenges, not many books I don't finish anymore, but a couple that probably coulda been DNF:

Bone Song (Tristopolis, #1) by John Meaney City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #3) by Stacia Kane

Actual DNF:

Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels, #1) by Anne Bishop The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1) by Terry Pratchett Life of Pi by Yann Martel The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery


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Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments @Vivian -Oh, Daughter of the Blood -I loved that trilogy. What was it that turned you off? I know some of the violent elements aren't for everyone.


message 36: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28251 comments Laura Lulu wrote: "I LOVE the Outlander series. But I feel like the author is starting to drag it out. In Echo in the Bone, she gave us supporting character POVs along with the main characters--it's like she's runnin..."

Ok. Makes sense. Phew ;)


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Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments Laura Lulu wrote: "But definitely do not let that stop you from starting this series. You will love it. I promise. :)"

Oh good, I have the first one on my Kindle. I'm hoping to try it at some point this year.


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Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments Outlander is a must read. Jamie Frasier is the most perfect male specimen from a book EVER.


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Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments Oh, that's very high praise. He gets a lot of that. I wonder how big his head is.


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Steph (angel4492) | 28251 comments LOL!


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Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments That's why he's so awesome. He's this big, tough, ass-kicking, gorgeous hunk of kilted Highlander with a heart of gold. He is just the sweetest. Did I mention I love him? Lol.


message 42: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (last edited Feb 22, 2011 08:26PM) (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28251 comments Nah, who we talkin' 'bout? hehe

Oh, yeah, that's right ... Laura luva boy


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Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments Shit. I wish. Laura imaginary luva boy. Jamie Frasier & David Gandy take turns. ;)


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Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments LMAO!


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Steph (angel4492) | 28251 comments LOL! ;)


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Vivian (_vivian) | 1934 comments Ames - I don't remember exactly, but it didn't capture my attention at the time. Maybe I was more squeamish back when I tried reading it? I know, totally vague. This was a couple years ago, and I've thought about giving it another go, but there's so many other books out there!


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Josie | 1967 comments Steph wrote: "I have some of these TBR. :\ Wonder how I'll like them. Some, I already know I like, but that's what I love about groups like this ... everyone has their dis/likes and get to hear both sides of ..."

Lol, absolutely! Even so, it's disappointing when someone marks a book as DNF when you're excited about reading it! *cough*Laura with Lady of Light and Shadows*cough* Nah, jk :)

'Downside Ghosts' seems to be a love it/hate it series and after reading an excerpt once a while back I thought "nope, not for me" and yet after reading Unholy Ghosts the other week, I liked it very much! Lol, I started it in the day and thought oh it's not that dark... and finished it at about 3 in the morning on my own and thought yup, pretty spooky ;)


message 48: by Regina (last edited Feb 23, 2011 05:49AM) (new)

Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments Josie, I am sure you will love it. I DNFed Lady of Light but I also wasn't thrilled with #1.

Jaimie is such an amazing character, he is an awesome luuva boy, but he will also go out and chop up the wood and hunt down some food for you, so a good provider too. :) The only catch, to be with him you have to sew up holes in his clothes, preserve food for the winter and oh yeah -- do without electricity and how water 'cuz you will be living in the late 1700s. :)

I do love him, don't get me wrong but he is pure fantasy! LOL. I have re-read parts of Outlander so many times, thank goodness I have it on my kindle so it isn't obvious which pages are dogeared.


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Regina (reginar) | 2883 comments Vivian wrote: "Ames - I don't remember exactly, but it didn't capture my attention at the time. Maybe I was more squeamish back when I tried reading it? I know, totally vague. This was a couple years ago, and I'..."


I love it too (the Black Jewel trilogy), I am on #2 right now. How are the books past #3 in this series? Worth reading?

For me, the books that I have DNFed that are not romance and not PNR, I think it may have been my mood. I DNF romance based books if the storyline isn't strong enough to carry the romance, I can't just read romance for romance sake, I am not sure what is wrong with me. I love romance, but it has to be nestled in this amazingly detailed world and anchored in a bigger story (i.e. Outlander, Fever). The other books that I DNFed, may have just been mood dependant. I don't feel compelled to keep reading if a book isn't doing anything for me, I have so little time to read and so many books to read, plus I am only obsessive with certain things and it isn't with finishing books or even reading books in order, LOL. I likely will go back to most of my DNFs that are not romances.


message 50: by Literary Ames (last edited Feb 23, 2011 07:28AM) (new)

Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments Regina, I haven't read past #3 in Black Jewels. I needed a break after the trilogy which had a dark and intense world. Shaving **shudders** I will read them though because I LOVED the trilogy.


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