The May ‘Did Not Finish’ Pile

I like to consider myself a realist so when there’s a book that’s not getting any better by the time I’m 15% into reading it, I am very likely to chuck it into my DNF pile. Admittedly, there are times when a book improves around halfway through but honestly, if it takes around 100-200 pages for a story to get me interested, it’s a shit effort. I don’t want to waste time waiting for a book to finally appease my tastes.

Mind you, I used to be one of those readers who would finish a book no matter what. But I was wasting time by forcing myself to read books I didn’t like, and this led to multiple slumps. Once I snapped out of this mentality, I found myself finishing far more books on average per week because I was actually enjoying it. If you find yourself hitting reading slumps frequently, it might be because you’re trying too hard to read something that isn’t right for you. Put it away and pick something else up instead.

My reading habits mean that a couple of books usually make it to my book wasteland each month, which is why I’ve decided to do monthly DNF posts with brief explanations instead of full reviews. So, here’s the books I did not finish in May.

Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood


I read around 15% and couldn’t get into this story; there wasn’t even a story at this point, and the characters were boring.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg narrated by Amy McFadden


Audiobooks like these are the reason I’m glad Audible lets you return what you didn’t like. This was such a terrible narration with no emotion or interest from the narrator!

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift narrated by David Hyde Pierce


I love Gulliver’s Travels but this narration didn’t do much for me. I couldn’t keep myself interested in listening so I never got around to finishing it.

What did you throw in your DNF pile this month?