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So I gotta tell ya, I don’t DNF books too often. I have no qualm in doing so, mind you, but most of the time I’m pretty accurate when it comes to picking out books that are to my taste, so it doesn’t happen much. Because of this, my definition of ‘abandoned’ is going to include ‘books I’ve dnf’d’ and ‘books that went on the back-burner‘. By back-burner I mean books I’m ‘currently reading’, literally haven’t picked up in ages, but do intend on finishing.
Books on the back-burner:
There are only three at the moment. Usually there are five or six on this list. Basically all of these I’ve started but haven’t picked up in a good while. I haven’t DNF’d them, I intend to continue on with all of them. I just… haven’t in a bit. I’m pretty sure that counts as abandonment.
So going by date, these are the most recent seven DNFs of mine.
- The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan – I picked this up as a read-along book for r/Fantasy’s book of the month but I just didn’t vibe with it, and quit it after about 150 pages
- Weaveworld by Clive Barker – This one I feel bad about every time I mention it. This book is one of my mom’s favorites and she lent it to me hoping I’d love it. Well, I really didn’t, and it was really hard for me to tell her that, haha.
- The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells – Honestly I could see myself giving this one a second chance. I quit it because of the narrator on the audio book, and I didn’t have a physical copy to pick up
- Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies by Barry Burd – Honestly I quit this one because 1) it was too low of a level for what I was after and 2) it didn’t have an actual coding exercises, which is what I wanted.
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – I get that this was supposed to be a huge satire but I just couldn’t get into it
- Keepers of the Garden by Dolores Cannon – This is a metaphysics-y spiritual-y book that a friend in college lent me and while it was interesting, by chapter ten it was basically repeating the same concepts over and over, so I decided to bail.
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – I tend to dislike books where the main character is an asshole and surprise, surprise.
And that’s it! According to Goodreads at least, I’ve not finished only 12 books, so I’m glad this isn’t top twenty tuesday or we’d be in trouble. Happy reading!