WHAT MAKES US DNF

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We’re both different creatures when it comes to DNFs and who, what, when, and why. Micky is all about life being too short to read something that really isn’t working for her and Hollis is a trooper through and through, working to get that book finished.

Let’s talk about why we DNF and share our DNFs for 2019.


Micky here and I have tried to modify my DNF behaviour after having some stats in 2017 that I didn’t like. That year, I felt I was a little too quick to DNF, so 2018 & 2019 I tried to find a balance between not keeping reading when it’s never going to work, but forging on when I’m just not in the mood. I think I’ve found a bit more of an equilibrium that I am happier with, but I try really hard not to DNF arcs. That said, there were a few arc DNFs in 2019. Looking at what I did DNF, the majority of DNFs were romance.

Micky’s 2019 DNFs – 14 books

THE KINGMAKER by Kennedy Ryan — mini GR review here
INTO THE CROOKED PLACE by Alexandra Christo (ARC) — blog review here
THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary — mini GR review here
TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt — mini GR review here
HER ROYAL HIGHNESS by Rachel Hawkins — mini GR review here
WILDCAT by Max Monroe — I have nothing!
PRISONED by Marni Mann — mini GR review here
MILLION DOLLAR DEVIL by Katy Evans — mini GR review here
THE TRAGEDY PAPER by Elizabeth LaBan — minutest of GR reviews here
NEIGHBORS by Stylo Fantome — see mini GR review here
MIDNIGHT BLUE by LJ Shen — mini GR review here
ONE TINY LIE by KA Tucker — mini rant on GR here
MOONGLOW by Kristen Callihan — mini GR review here
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi (ARC)– mini GR review here


Hollis, meanwhile, only seems to DNF ARCs. Though I try really hard not to quit on anything, particularly before the halfway mark, I am getting better at it both for the sake of my sanity and to have a few less lowly rated and/or ranty reviews. Not sure that’s made much of a different on either, to be honest, but the intent is there. Looking through my list there’s almost a fifty/fifty split between contemporary and fantasy and I think likewise half of these are debuts. I love discovering new authors, hoping I might love them, but as this list demonstrates.. that’s not always the case.

Hollis’ 2019 DNFs – 9 books

CALL ME EVIE by J.P. Pomare — mini GR review here
TAROT by Marissa Kennerson — mini GR review here
HIGHLAND CROWN by May McGoldrick — mini GR review here
ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes — mini GR review here
WE CONTAIN MULTITUDES by Sarah Henstra — mini GR review here
NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE by Roselle Lim — mini GR review here
BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR by A.M. Strickland — mini GR review here
A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE by Nalini Singh — mini GR review here
DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores — mini GR review here


Do you DNF and, if so, is there a common theme amongst the books you quit? How many did you DNF in 2019? Let us know!