Books I DNFed

As I wrap up my first ever reading journal, I thought it might be interesting to go through the books I set out to read and then didn’t finish.

Twenties Girl

As much as I loved Finding Audrey, I couldn’t stand this book. I hated the main character,  hated her friends, hated the ghost of her grandmother, found the 2nd hand embarrassment so intense I kept having to put it down, and finally drew the line when Lara started lying to the cops. I stopped listening to the audiobook about 25% of the way in.

Falling Kingdoms

I could not keep track of this story. It jumps between so many different characters and places so fast that I couldn’t keep up or get any of the straight. I might have done a little better with a physical book (provided the book included a map), but when a huge political infodump happened I was just so lost I put it down. I also really disliked the narrator for the audiobook. The story seemed to be set in a pseudo-historical version of Italy, but he gave everyone fake English accents. I didn’t like any of the characters. There was a chapter where literally NOTHING happened. And then we get to the boy who is in love with his sister. But it’s okay! She’s not really his sister! Except he doesn’t know that!

Nope. Hard pass.

90 Church

This one I actually did a review for before I decided to stop reviewing DNFs.

War and Peace

To be fair, I do plan on going back to this one. I’m listening to Anna Karenina right now and really enjoying it, I just wasn’t in the right headspace for this one at the time.

The Bluest Eye

I stopped listening after 10 minutes. The first chapter is obnoxious, written like a Dick & Jane book. And in the 2nd chapter we find out that the main character, a little girl of (I think) about 10, is a psychopath who wants to dismember and mutilate little white girls.

Nope. No thank you. I don’t think I’ve ever put down a book that fast.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business

I was hoping this would be helpful in my writing business, but it turns out it’s too outdated. The book was published in 1997 and was just far too basic. Check publication dates on your nonfiction, kids.

What makes you stop reading a book?

6 Book Vloggers You Should Watch

Books with Chloe

This Aussie booktuber is an absolute delight, and probably the reason I started this blog in the first place. I stumbled on her channel a few weeks ago and dove head first into her reading vlogs. She’s been gently prodding (ahem. Coercing) her sister and boyfriend to read by picking TBRs for them. I also love her random dance parties.

This Story Ain’t Over

Every time I watch one of Jananie’s videos I add at least 2-3 books to my TBR. She reads a lot of very diverse stories that I never see talked about in other parts of Booktube, so if you’re looking for something different, definitely check her out.

Read by Zoe

Zoe has been a mainstay in my youtube subscriptions for years. She’s so silly, cute, and enthusiastic–but also honest about her struggles with mental health. I especially love her readathon blogs.

Brittany the Bibiophile

Brittany is a relatively new addition to my youtube, but I’ve been enjoying her vlogs quite a bit. A psych major, she examines her books a little differently than most of the other readers I’ve seen.

A Book Utopia

Ah, Sasha. Sasha Alsberg is somewhat infamous in the booktube community since she started publishing. I confess, I like her a lot better as a reader than a writer. But I do enjoy her vlogs and her booktube videos. I probably won’t be taking any of her writing advice, though….


Kat is the reason I got into Booktube in the first place. Goofy, awkward in the best way, and funny she reads primarily YA and sparked my interest in a lot of new books I’d never heard of when I first started watching. She’s also a writer (as yet unpublished), and while we have vastly different methods of working, I still enjoy listening to her talk about her work. Her non-book related content is also very, very funny.