5 Books I Put Down that I’m Definitely (Hopefully) Going to Pick Up Again

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! 🙂

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14 thoughts on “5 Books I Put Down that I’m Definitely (Hopefully) Going to Pick Up Again

  1. I loved The Unexpected Everything, but I know what you mean! I was so surprised to see how big it was when it arrived haha. I had never read a Matson book before so I didn’t expect that. I found it a bit too long, but I still loved it so definitely recommend it 🙂

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  2. I’m really careful about which books I start when because I KNOW if I stop reading a book theres no way I’ll pick it up again so I admire your tenacity haha.
    I really want to read white rabbit so hopefully it’s good!

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  3. I also define a DNF as a book I didn’t finish and have no intention to finish. I have a separate shelf for DNFs and put-down-for-now books on Goodreads! The latter are books I put down, but do intend to finish/read again at some point in the future. I’m quite curious about Invictus, actually. There was such a hype surrounding her Wolf by Wolf books, but not much on this one (at least from what I remember).


  4. I actually.. never struggle with this the way you do? If I’m enjoying a book, I pull through and finish it pretty soon after. It’s with the books I’m not entirely enjoying I struggle most, hah. I don’t often DNF though. I think I only DNF’d four books for real these past two years? With the actual intention of never EVER picking them back up again.
    A thing I do “do” sometimes is putting a current read I’m simply not feeling at that exact moment back on my TBR. Did that with Dracula a couple of months back. I was enjoying it at first but then had a contemporary-mood so I didn’t pick it back up for.. well.. two months? Then decided I might as well put it back on the TBR since I still wasn’t feeling like picking it up again and I didn’t want to force myself, haha. I’ll read it eventually though. I’m not dreading restarting it so that’s something. 🙂

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    1. Well your system is clearly better than mine! Sometimes even if I enjoy a book, I have a hard time focusing on it since I’m such a mood reader. Even if I’m not enjoying a book, sometimes I wonder if it’s because I’m not in the mood for it or if I really just don’t like it. Sometimes it’s a combination of both. I hope you pick up Dracula again!

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      1. There’s definitely benefits and disadvantages to being a mood reader! I’m one as well, but less extreme than other readers are for sure, haha.
        Ooh, I can’t imagine not knowing why I’m not enjoying a certain book! That must make reviewing them so much harder too!

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  5. Ahh I really look forward to you finishing both The Unexpected Everything and Girl Out Of Water! I loved both so, so much, they’re perfect contemporaries. I do agree that Matson’s books do need a bit of focus, given how long they are haha 🙂

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