I never finished an of these books and I probably never will. I have a longer list on Goodreads with more DNF books, but I thought I’d share these in particular because they are all quite popular and this my opinions of them are quite unpopular.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
This one is probably my own fault. Even from the start of the first book in this series, I knew it wasn’t really my kind of thing. Throughout the series Katniss has gotten on my nerves constantly, if not a little less in the second novel. It grated on my nerves how she focuses so much on Peeta and Gale in the second book and displays very few signs of post traumatic stress. With that said I much preferred Gregor the Overlander, another series by Suzanne Collins.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
I’m not quite sure what it was that I so disliked about this one, but if I remember correctly I didn’t read more than the first few pages. It just didn’t work for me, and I think I would enjoy it even less at this point in my life so I’m probably just going to leave it untouched.
Marley and Me by John Grogan
I have enjoyed such autobiographies as The Pianist and An Ordinary Man, but I had no such luck with Marley and Me. It’s true that I have little experience with the genre, but that’s not why I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it because I felt that Marley’s owners weren’t quite ready to bring a dog into their lives and I found the storytelling aspect of the book to be dry and minimally entertaining. I got a little less than a third of the way through before I stopped and I don’t see myself continuing with it anytime soon.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
This is another book that just didn’t agree with me. I can’t tell you exactly why, as it’s been awhile since I actually tried reading it, but I think the main issue with it that I had was the lack of complexity in the writing. Perhaps I read it too late and would have enjoyed it more at a younger age, but my friends quite liked it so I can’t really use age as a proper excuse. It just rubbed me the wrong way and that’s about all there is to it.
And of course, just because I said I’ve given up on these books, I’ll probably find that I have the urge to read one or two very soon.
What were your thoughts on these books? What books have you given up on?