Hello everyone ! Today I’m gonna inaugurate a new category that I named Let’s Talk. Discussions posts are posts that I enjoy reading. I have wanted to start writing for a long time now. In fact, this particular post has stayed in the draft section for weeks (yeah, weeks, I’m that lazy haha).
Today I want to talk about DNF books and the shame that can come with it. Just in case : DNF = Did Not Finish !
In my case it concerns only three books :
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon.
The reasons I DNF these books are different for each one of them.
For The Book Thief, I found that the POV was too cold (and for a good reason!) and I had troubles to get into the story. The story is beautiful, there’s no questioning that, but I need to be able to get into a story to truly appreciate it.
For All The Light We Cannot See, it was the lack of action. I read it during when I was craving fantasy stories, which wasn’t the best time to pick it, right. I plan to pick it up again, when I feel like it, because the writing style is really beautiful !
For Dragonfly In Amber, it’s the vocabulary added to the political side that got the best of me. I meant to pick it up again multiple times, but didn’t. I know I will pick it up again soon though, because I want to read it before watching the second season of the TV show.
Now, I think it’s okay not to finish a book, regardless of the reason. But, I try my best not to, because I feel it like I fail. I know this is stupid, because you can’t like every book you’ll read. But these 3 books are hyped, AND adult books, not YA. I tell myself that being 27 years old, I SHOULD like them. That it’s more of my age than YA books, that I read easily and like a lot. (Here, I think I just found my next discussion post ! haha). Plus, since they’re hyped, I keep telling myself that I’m missing something.
But for two of them, the vocabulary used isn’t the one I’m used to, and since English is not my native language, it makes the reading less fluid. Because I’ve always read non YA books in French, so I know it’s not really an issue.
So lately, I’ve been trying my best not to feel ashamed because I DNF a book. Reading should ALWAYS be a pleasure, not a struggle.