89. Books that I Did Not Finish (DNFed)

Welcome back to another blog post by yours truly…

Today I’m going to be talking about books (as if I don’t talk enough about them already) but not reviewing them like I usually do.

Today we’re going to be discussing a phenomena that is pretty popular and controversial among the book community. It is called “Books I DNFed” a.k.a did not finish, a.k.a weren’t worth the time and effort/were terrible/didn’t make sense/just didn’t click.

Now, I’ve come across people who say that you’re not a true reader if you don’t complete a title you’ve started which is kind of ironic as one always reads for fun or an escape.

But what do you do if your fun or escape turns out sour or never ending?

I’ve been there! I’ve read books for the sake of having read them and most of the time it was alright but on the bad days they felt worse than home chores parents drop on us. I mean it felt like that exam I was loathing but had to study for.

Not fun!

Lately, I’ve come to believe that books that don’t make you happy or make the process of reading horrible should not only be left but donated – someone might find it useful (God knows how!)

So now I present you with a list of books that I just could not finish:

  1. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

I read a list on Goodreads called The Most begun “Read but unfinished” Books Ever and Catch-22 is number one. I guess I kinda know why!

This book was published in 1953 and is a fictional story about US Airforce pilots during World War 2. It is said to be the best American Satire book of the 20th century but I just didn’t like it.

I couldn’t find a reading pace, although I liked the writing style but the redundant scenes made it hard for me to read between the lines. Some of it slangs are era specific but the concept of being in a “Catch-22” situation was intriguing.

I haven’t donated my book yet and will give it a try (maybe when I have nothing left to read).

  1. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

I bet you’ve heard about this book a lot! Bill Gates, Barack Obama recommended it so obviously it has to be good right? Well not entirely…

It is one thing to tackle the history of the human species dating back to 100,000 years but it is another to back your findings with personal bias and present opinions as facts.

I want my ideas about the world, history and the way we see things to be challenged, but if you’re going to tell me for example “Since God doesn’t exist then we know that…” I mean how? When did we figure it out that God doesn’t exist when numerous religions around the world acknowledge the presence of a Higher Power. This isn’t my faith speaking! I really want to how people back their arguments regarding such statements.

Not only that there are many other areas of this book that just seem to be supported by opinions rather than facts.

I will give this book another shot though.

  1. Hunger by Roxane Gay

I was really excited to read this book, but I don’t know why I wasn’t able to complete it. I read maybe 20 pages and I couldn’t go on. Something about the struggle of body image, weight issues and eating disorders was hitting a nerve.

Being fat shamed my entire life, I didn’t know it would be this hard to read about someone else’s struggle. Just writing that sentence made me think twice.

  1. A Mirrored Life : The Rumi Story by Rabisankar Bal

This book made no sense to me. Books on Rumi and his life have become really popular,I tried reading it twice and it just confused me even more. Donated this one, hope it finds a better home.

Either way, our time is limited and books are unlimited! In this world of great and not-so-great books pick and choose but then leave anything that feels like a burden.

Good luck,

-Sarah

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