Books I Didn’t Finish (and I’ve zero regrets)

December 14, 2017 Book review 8

I’ve written before how about I think every reader has the right to choose whether to DNF or persevere to the very last full stop.  If I tell you that this summer, I had lots of Books I Didn’t Finish and how I’ve zero regrets, then I think you’ll see which camp I pitch my tent in.

I’d rather spend my precious time with a book that I’m enjoying.  And not dread picking up a book whose pages are dragging me headlong into a book slump.  Still that philosophy means that I have a trail of discarded books so I’ve decided to share some of those with you.

Books I Didn’t Finish (zero regrets)

The Betrayals by Fiona Neill

Why I didn’t finish The Betrayals by Fiona Neill?

Reading it started to feel like a slog. I was losing interest in the characters, and while there were lots of underlying themes – cancer, ocd, divorce, adultery – I felt like nothing is happening.

I’m disappointed as I started off loving the writing and the 4 points of view. But I lost my excitement, and came to the conclusion that this just wasn’t a book for me.

Thanks to Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.


Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams

Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams

Why I didn’t finish Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams?

I didn’t even care enough to make detailed notes about this one.  However my Goodreads status tells me that I jumped ship at 30%.  My main issues were the characters were likeable but there wasn’t enough plot and it crawled along at snails pace.


Tully by Paullina Simons

Tully by Paullina Simons


Why I didn’t finish Tully by Paullina Simons?

I swear adding this one in here breaks my heart as I normally love Paullina Simons.  My goodreads status spell out my unhappy journey with Tully though.

4.78%  – Honestly, I thought I’d love this more. The last 2 books I read by this author were 5 stars, but I’m on the fence about this one. I’ll push on for another bit, and hope it will dazzle me more.
 50.0% – Still on the fence. My main issue is that I really dislike Tully. She is selfish, and even though I get that her background made her that way, sometimes you just have to build a bridge and get over it.  I’m not ready to DNF yet, but I’m near.
 60% – I’m done


No Talking after Lights by Angela Lambert

No Talking After Lights by Anglea Lambert

Why I didn’t finish No Talking after Lights by Angela Lambert?

I sadly cast aside the audiobook 1 hour 17 minutes. Nothing happened, and the characters didn’t wow me in any way, or even slightly grab my attention.  Pity, because it sounded like the sort of classic boarding school book that I adore.


Blame by Nicole Trope

Blame by Nicole Trope

Why I didn’t finish Blame by Nicole Trope?

There is nothing that I hate about this book, I just find that I don’t really care. It’s the aftermath of a tragic accident, and flashbacks of the years leading up to the accident. The complex relationship between 2 best friends, and their parenting of their children.

I haven’t taken to either of the main characters. I have a feeling about what happened, but I don’t care enough to check if I’m right. Plus I’m making excuses to do other things rather than listen to the audiobook.

Probably a case of it’s me, not you. But right now, this book isn’t doing it for me, and I’m calling it a day.


Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before The Fall by Noah Hawley


Why I didn’t finish Before the Fall by Noah Hawley?

This book set on bedside locker from May to October.  I read about 3 chapters and kept telling myself I would continue.  Then one day I looked at it, and reassigned it to my dnf pile.  I think if I didn’t pick it up in 5 months, then that’s plain evidence that I’m just not in to it.  I can’t even remember why I didn’t gel with it, I just know I’ve no inclination to pick it up.


The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton


Why I didn’t finish The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton?

I know I said I had zero regrets, but I do have a tiny regret about this one.  That cover is amazing.  I abandoned the audiobook as the narrator’s voice grated on me. And the story didn’t grab me.  I do think I’ll revisit this someday via an ebook or a physical book, as maybe it was just the narrator that put me off.


Talk to Trish: Have you read any of those, and think I should have continued?  Do you abandon books that don’t excite you?







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8 Responses to “Books I Didn’t Finish (and I’ve zero regrets)”

  1. Angela

    I enjoyed Before the Fall; it had a lot of extraneous detail that I felt was unnecessary, but the ending was good. I also read The Miniaturist, but it didn’t make a huge impression on me. I’m also the type of reader who has no problem DNFing books!

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    You just inspired me to DNF a novella I’ve been struggling with. There’s nothing particularly awful about it but there’s nothing great either and a novella shouldn’t take me 3 days to read! I enjoyed Before the Fall but it isn’t my typical read. I think it’s good but not a must read. That’s interesting that the audio for The Miniaturist didn’t work for you. That’s on my TBR (mostly because of the cover) and I think I’ll go with a print version over audio.
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Comic Sans Murder – Cozy Mystery Review

  3. Dawn obrien

    Oh, I have before the fall on my tbr pile, hope it is ok for me! I don’t like to not finish a book, although I had to put black water lilies by Michel bussi down without finishing as I just couldn’t follow it!

  4. Wattle

    The Miniaturist has such a lovely cover, bummer the audio version put you off though 🙁 hopefully it’s better in another format.

    I’m getting better at DNFing books these days, but sometimes I still struggle through (maybe in the hope it’ll get better?) Baby steps, I used to read everything so it’s an improvement!
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