I usually try to get a fair way through a book before abandoning it even though I believe you can tell if you like it or not way before then. I’ve only recently (at the end of 2014) added a DNF shelf to my Goodreads shelves, but I thought it would be interesting to look at why I tend to let books go…
Here I’ve compiled a list of some books I’ve abandoned ‘until further notice’ (with how long I lasted in brackets) under some broad explanation categories, but I do intend to revisit some of the titles listed below. (Even some of the ones in the “Didn’t Enjoy” and “Got Bored” categories!)
∆ A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (page 1)
∆ Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley (page 26)
∆ Chant and Be Happy: The Power of Mantra Meditation by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda (≈⅓ through)
∆ It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden (skimmed entirety)
∆ The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (a few pages)
∆ Maurice by E.M. Forster (chapter 2; ebook sample)
∆ Zealot by Reza Aslan (chapter…3? audiobook.)
∆ The Trial by Franz Kafka (chapter 3. audiobook.)
∆ Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (≈halfway? more? audiobook.)
∆ As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (≈a few chapters?? audiobook.)
??? (Put it down for whatever reason and just never looked back)
∆ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (≈halfway through)
❤ I’ve strayed from but fully intend to find my way back to ❤
∆ A Beginner’s Guide To Reality by Jim Baggott (≈5/6th through)
I love this book. I really do. But I’ve been stuck in the third part for, like, five(5!) years now. It’s so informative and well-written and interesting, but I’m bot gonna lie: the physics in the third section is kicking my butt! I keep losing myself, start thinking about stuff as I’m reading then have to reread passages! AAAH! I need to finish this…And start his other book I bought. hah
∆ Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L Sayers (a few pages in)
Reading through the Scottish accent was hard work so I think I’d put it down for a bit then when I moved house it went missing for a little while (read: a few years) but I do intend to pick it up again. In fact, it’s on one of my 2015 reading challenges.
∆ Psmith, Journalist by PG Wodehouse (a few pages in)
I don’t know what happened here. I love Wodehouse’s Psmith series (and was, therefore, shocked by how unimpressed I was with his more famous Jeeves series). The wide, awkward format of my particular edition is a bit annoying but I need to pick it up again.
∆ Necronomicon by HP Lovecraft (5 stories in)
I was enjoying this. I started it as a Halloween challenge then things got busy… But then I had the idea that I’d pick it up every October and just read as much as I could until eventually I finish the book. I have been keeping a log of my ratings for each story with a few mini-reviews.