So, the Top Ten Tuesday theme this week is books you struggled with, let me tell you I have a LOT of those. So, I decided I would compile a list of books I SHOULD have DNFed but suffered through anyways waiting for the moment when it magically gets good (spoiler alert, there wasn’t one). Also, because I was already writing this, I figured I’d add a pros and cons list to the end of DNFing, this is mainly because I’m indecisive as heck (if you’ve ever watched Gilmore Girls than you will be able to compare MANY things between Rory and I) so I decided a pro con list would help speed up my decision making. Just know that if I do end up not finishing a book I will feel REALLY bad about it and trust me, you will know. Anyways, let’s get to what you came for shall we? (yes I can acknowledge it’s not my constant rambling or beautifully designed cover photos) Without further ado, here is the top 5 books I should’ve DNFed, but instead chose to struggle through. (Also, I’m not planning on any explanations, like 2 sentences tops, however I will link back to reviews if one exists) ⇐ That was written before I started, oh boy was I wrong😂
I know what you’re thinking “Makenzie this was required reading for English you HAD NO CHOICE!” But you are, in fact, wrong. For I know multiple people who didn’t finish the book and you know what THEY WERE SMART! I suffered. I dreaded reading. I threw a pen AT A WALL! I wrote, and I quote, ORGANIC ACIDS! as an annotation because I needed more annotation and DIDN’T CARE ANYMORE! This book ruined me and I want to unread it. The only good thing that spawned from this evil was the running joke in my friend group where we decided which character we were, that’s it. The only good. I hated this.
Once again, a required reading, this time one for summer break. “But Makenzie you’re a goody two shoes who breaks no rules.” EXACTLY! Why else would I torture myself by putting myself into a 2 week long book slump? Anyways, the book was boring, like completely, utterly, cry yourself to sleep instead of reading boring. I think it would be more fun to remove my eyeballs so I could never read again than it would be to reread this book. It was very insightful and I’m sure many people have grown from it, and love it, but I’m not one of them. And guess what, they don’t run this blog. So until then, I will continue to rant about this book anytime it is mentioned. Be that a fair warning to all of you.
I know, I know. Another summer reading book. But seriously, it took me 2 or 3 weeks to read this 300 page book. And the whole book was based on religion, which I know nothing about. Overall, the book and I just REALLY didn’t get along, and if I never read it again it’ll be too soon. Honestly, why can’t I just be like all other high schoolers and use SparkNotes? It would make my life SO MUCH EASIER!
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This is a different circumstance, not exactly required reading, but not exactly by my will. My mom had been nagging me to read this for years, so when we had a banned book project for English, I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone. Needless to say, I hated the book and rated it 1 star, although I didn’t ever write a review for it. Now, that was only the first time I read it. The second time I read it, it was required and I dreaded it more because I knew how much I hated the book, and yet I had no choice. Once again, I was bored the whole time, and I should’ve DNFed it and gone based on my memory. But I reread it and I’ll never get that time I wasted back.
Pros & Cons of DNFing
- You don’t waste anymore time on it
- You can move on
- You won’t resent the book
- It’ll prevent a reading slump from forming
- If you keep reading, it won’t be fun
- You might miss the good part
- You might feel guilty
That’s about it, honestly if you need to not finish THEN DON’T FINISH! THERE IS NO SHAME IN NOT FINISHING! Don’t be ashamed if you need to stop, not every book is compatible with a person.