Books I DNF in 2022

I first wrote about books I DNF last year, given that my blog has only been around through one year’s end. To reiterate what I said then, I usually DNF (do/did not finish) a book because I couldn’t get into it. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I felt it was badly written. For the most part, I seemed to pick well for myself, which is not a surprise because I know me. As a result, I didn’t DNF a lot of books this year. Note that everyone’s reading preferences are subjective. So, what didn’t work for me might totally work for you.

As an aside, I noticed that people compiled lists of the “worst” books they read this year. Personally, I don’t feel the need to do this because I think my “negative” reviews speak for themselves. However, I have nothing against these types of lists as long as their compilation is tactful. (And for goodness sake, don’t tag the author!) Why? Because I believe reviews and opinions are mainly for fellow readers, not for authors. Once a book hits the market, it’s out of the author’s hands and people have the right to their opinions. If someone truly wants to read a book, they will. A “negative” review or list won’t stop them. And, frankly, let’s be realistic. Life has positives and negatives and I think to just ignore that some people feel “negatively” about a book is toxic positivity. There, I said it.

Anyway, thoughts and feelings aside, here is a list of books I DNF in 2022. It’s a short list, so you can hold your breath. The book cover images link to their official synopses.

Burn the Page by Danica Roem

I really wanted to finish this book because Danica Roem is a local politician in Northern Virginia. She was the first openly transgender person to be elected and serve in office. She doesn’t represent me, but she represents an area I used to frequent growing up. I was curious to know her backstory and what influenced her to run for office. Ultimately, at the time I tried to read this I found the writing to be a bit frenetic. I do eventually want to come back to this book, but it just didn’t hold my attention well enough when I initially tried to read it.

Can’t Even by Anne Helen Petersen

Can't Even by Anne Helen Petersen

CAN’T EVEN: HOW MILLENNIALS BECAME THE BURNOUT GENERATION piqued my interest because I’m a millennial. I don’t think I feel burned out, but nonetheless I was curious about how and why my generation is sometimes called the burnout generation. This sat in my suspended library holds for a while before I decided to go for it earlier this month. It’s interesting, but it’s denser than I expected. The author is a journalist and did a lot of good research from what I could tell. But I didn’t find it as approachable as I expected. I always appreciate real-life examples of the topic at hand and the author includes them. But I also felt like the inclusion of so many examples muddied the point of the chapters I read. There’s a chance I’ll come back to this book, too, but I think I need to be in a less hectic headspace to do so. The holiday seasons doesn’t lend itself to calmness.

Kingdom of Villains by Ella Fields

Kingdom of Villains by Ella Field

Amazon Kindle suggested this to me at some point and I tried it during another mood-reading phase. It started off ok. But after a couple of chapters I personally thought it was fairly predictable. Honestly, I can’t remember much beyond that because I didn’t invest a ton of time into this book. It checks a lot of my boxes, though: arranged marriage, fae/Unseelie, fiery female main character. The reviews are relatively high, so maybe it gets more interesting and I didn’t give it a fair enough shake. That said, if the synopsis sounds interesting, don’t let my detached DNF tale discourage you!

Did you DNF any books this year? If so, which ones?

4 thoughts on “Books I DNF in 2022

  1. I’ve actually come to like DNF posts, especially when the writer frames them as “here’s why this wasn’t for me.” I actually had someone post on my BookTok that they’d bought an entire trilogy off a DNF video I’d made because the elements I’d listed that weren’t up my alley sounded like something they’d like!

    1. I would totally read more DNF posts if I saw more! I don’t like reading spiteful “negative” lists/reviews, but if framed through a subjective lens, I’m on board. That’s pretty awesome that someone decided to try out an entire trilogy based on your DNF list. See? I think our points stand: book opinions are subjective and people will still read it if they really want to!

  2. Hi there,

    I can luckily say that there isn’t one single book I DNF last year, and I am pretty surprised by it, but also glad, that every single of my 111 read books was worth to finish.

    But I do DNF books if I just can’t keep reading for whatever reasons. I also plan on writing a DNF report instead of a review.

    Cheerio
    RoXXie

    1. That’s awesome that you didn’t feel the need to DNF any of your reads last year! I bet if I read more outside of my preferred genres I would probably have a higher DNF percentage. If you write up a DNF report, let me know, I’d like to see it! I’ll try and keep an eye out for it, too.

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