BAsPC: Did Not Finish

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Did Not Finish: There’s always those books we try to read, but just can’t get through. What have been some of your most memorable DNF’s?


I’m so glad this doesn’t happen often. DNF’ing really stresses me. I don’t count it when I’ve read fifty pages into and switched to another either. Those are usually books I’m just not in the mood for and will come back to at a later date.

The Castle by Franz KafkaDNF’ing for me is when it is a book you’ve invested enough into that giving up hurts mentally and emotionally, which is why I’m glad it doesn’t happen often. If it did, I doubt I would keep reading.

My most memorable DNF is The Castle by Franz Kafka. I tried so hard to finish it, but I got so angry and frustrated. The story just goes ’round and ’round and ’round… It definitely reads like it is a broken record. Then to realise Kafka never finished because he died… Urgh! I read 250 pages of The Castle. 250! I was depressed for days after I gave up on it. The Castle was so consistently annoying and exhausting to read.

After The Castle I made a personal rule of not interested by 100 pages then stop reading to avoid it happening again. Of course that doesn’t always work. Sometimes I’ll still make it half way through the book, or near the end, and a shift in the story leads to me wanting to put the book down. I’m stubborn so it’s a definite mental fight.

Temptation by Karen Ann HopkinsAnother book I did not finish is one that I don’t hold blame to. DNF’ing with Temptation by Karen Hopkins is what I get when I decide I’m going to read something so far into a genre I don’t particularly care for that it serves me right for being disgruntled in the first place. It’s not the author or story’s fault (unlike Kafka who I blame for his shitty book), but I just can’t tolerate out-and-out romance. If it is unconventional though, maybe, but when it involves people being delusional and losing their sense of self then I just… I feel like smacking my head against the table just thinking about it. I have such a strong physical reaction against inanity caused by love (or lust).

There really isn’t much to follow after I mention Kafka and The Castle. That’s my one shining example of a DNF. It was a traumatic experience and I’m still scarred from it after several years (I think I read it in 2007/8).


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One thought on “BAsPC: Did Not Finish

  1. i just dnf’d Real by Katy Evans I was 100 pages in and felt like I hadn’t learnt anything worthwhile about either character, so i quit. I have too many books I want/need/have to read to commit time to a book im going to hate. I skipped around before I stopped and nothing captured my imagination and I just couldn’t do it, I couldn’t and I felt stupid because it has such high ratings but it’s a book I refuse to even attempt. Everything I read I hated so done.

    But you’re not alone I really tried for years not to dnf books but after a while you just have to let some of them go.


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