How does one define DNF?
I always thought of it as a book I put down that I have no interest in picking up again. But recently, I’ve noticed people who DNF books with the full intention of picking them up at a later time.
Though that second one isn’t how I usually describe a DNFed book, that is the case with the books in this post. I know some people physically can’t stop reading a book to come back to it later, that they must finish it once it’s been opened. I, on the other hand, find it a little too easy to set something aside. So easy, in fact, that I let myself get distracted with new and shiny books even when I’m really enjoying what I’m currently reading.
The following books are ones that I’m really liking so far (and have read a hundred or more pages of) but haven’t picked up in a while because, as I said, new and shiny. Ugh, it truly is a curse. I fully intend to finish reading these books at some point! Just… not… right this second.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
I used to be the biggest Morgan Matson fan ever. I definitely still love her, but I’m falling a little behind on her lately. I don’t think I can allow myself to pick up Save the Date until I at least get through The Unexpected Everything.
I’ve stopped and started it twice now, ending up at around the same place each time and while it’s not boring, her books are pretty long for contemporaries and require a little bit of extra focus. I’m saving this one for a time when I can really sit down with no new books to get me distracted.
White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig
I bought White Rabbit pretty much the day it came out because hello? Murder mystery thriller? Sign me up.
But, unfortunately, I started it at a very busy time when I couldn’t give it much attention. I got over a hundred pages in and the plot is a bit confusing with a lot of characters to keep track of. I know when I start reading it again, it’s going to have to be from the beginning and… well… I’m lazy. But definitely still looking forward to it!
Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. I spent half the year looking forward to it, preordered it and everything. I actually got about halfway through it in July, and it was the perfect summer read.
And then… well. You know how it goes. Bottom line is, I love Lincoln, I love this book, and I’m really looking forward to finishing it someday.
The best part is, it’s a pretty simple plot, so I know I can pick up exactly where I left off.
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
The sequel to a book I really enjoyed, A Study in Charlotte. In fact, the second I put it down, I wanted the sequel The Last of August, which has been sitting on my shelf for a year now.
Out of all the books on this list, this is one that might get put in the donation box. I want to read it, I do, but I’ve started it at least three times, and every time, I lose focus. Coincidence? Or maybe I just won’t like it? Stay tuned to find out.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
I actually acquired this as a review copy from Netgalley forever ago so it’s a double whoops that I haven’t finished it yet. Especially since this book is right up my alley: time travel! I. Love. Time travel books.
Again, this is one of those that I might have to start all the way from the beginning with even though I was already about a third into the book so… not necessarily chomping at the bit to do that. But the characters seemed cool and I do see a lot of potential in the plot, so hopefully I can get to it soon.
Are there any books on your shelf you’ve stopped ready that you really, really want to pick up again? How many chances do you give a book to grab your attention before you give up on it? Any books on this list that I should totally read, or any that I’m not really missing out on? Tell me in the comments! 🙂