Books We DNF and Why

BY SAMANTHA & MIA

8Have you ever started reading a book, not been into it, and had to make the decision of whether you continue reading through what may or may not be a drag of a book? Us too! 

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This is a huge struggle for us. Reading a book is an endeavor and there is a connection that is created every time you open one.

Having to decide to put it down and give up on it feels like a failure and it sucks when it happens, we totally get it. We typically enter all books with an open mind and have a great record of finishing every book we start. However, we both have one book each that we specifically just could not push through and finish. 

We are shocked that these books were nominated for awards, but we can see why they did not win. We sincerely apologize if either of these books are one of your favorites (or if you wrote them), but we do not recommend them. 

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SAMANTHA:

Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff

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RIVERHEAD BOOKS

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD NOMINEE FOR FICTION (2015), NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR FICTION (2015), NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR FICTION (2015), KIRKUS PRIZE NOMINEE FOR FICTION (FINALIST) (2015), GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD NOMINEE FOR FICTION (2015)

This is the very first book that I wasn’t able to finish in all of my years of reading. I tried really hard to get into the story- even managed to get 80% of the way through before I stopped wasting anymore of my time.There is some beautiful writing throughout the book but, for the most part it is depressing and downright boring.

There is no unpredictability and endless depressed, manic characters who have zero control on their mental health. For the amount of depression and suicide in this book, you’d think there’d be some coping mechanisms sprinkled throughout.

Perhaps I would have related to it if I was more “artsy”. I consider myself a creative individual, but certainly not a creative genius. I could not fathom losing track of time and priorities for months on end, gallivanting in the woods, missing Thanksgiving altogether and leaving my family alone.

I’m genuinely sad that I am speaking so poorly of a book. I am aware that people spent a great deal of putting it together and they are probably proud of the novel, so I’m sorry to NOT recommend this book whatsoever.

It was like there was a few good pages that tempted me to read 100 bad ones until I finally gave up.

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MIA:

13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL
BY MONA AWAD

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PENGUIN CANADA

SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE NOMINEE (2016), ARAB AMERICAN BOOK AWARD NOMINEE FOR FICTION (2017)

The story discusses a fictional woman’s navigation through her eating and exercise habits – going from being voluptuous to rail thing. She admits she was happier when she was larger, but due to comments and the women her boyfriend’s friends are attracted to she felt the need to lose weight. Her resulting eating and exercising disorders disrupt her entire life, including her relationships. 

I kept picking up and putting this book down because I just could not finish it. I would get so annoyed and uninterested that I had to put it down yet again.

I think what frustrated me the most was from the title I was expecting there to be literally “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl” listed in numerical order throughout the book, and there wasn’t. I was really surprised and confused by the title because of this.

Maybe if I could have gotten past the character’s annoying traits and low self-worth I would have been able to find more positives in this book, but there unfortunately just weren’t many. I hope for the sake of the character that by the end of the book she found some sort of confidence and was able to overcome her insecurities and eating and exercise disorders.

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Please comment below and let us know what books you DNF!

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One Comment

  1. Sam

    I finished fates and furies but after i finished it i kept asking myself what made me finish it. You are so on poimt with the mentally ill characters and the predictability!

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