Reasons Why I Might Not Finish a Book

As a frequent reader, I often begin reading books that, for one reason or another, I set aside before finishing and never pick up again. Sometimes I feel guilty for not giving these books a chance, but by abandoning books that don’t immediately hook me in, I have more time to read the ones I end up truly enjoying.

I might not finish a book if:

I’m not connecting with it. Different books will resonate with you at different points in your life. Sometimes it will connect with you because it suits your mood or because you relate to the characters. Personally, if I’m not connecting with a book then I become bored and loose my desire to continue.

The book is too predictable or formulaic. I find this happens most often with thrillers. If I’m guessing the twists before they happen, the book isn’t exciting for me. A lot of science fiction and fantasy books tend to be formulaic and trope-heavy, which can be frustrating to slog through.

The plot is moving too slow. If I’ve read over 100 pages and the plot still hasn’t picked up, there’s little reason for me to want to continue.

I’m not invested in the romance. With books that are heavy on the romantic side, I need to actually like the romance. If it’s dull or forced, I have to stop reading the book or else I might strain my eyes from rolling them too much.

I’m not a fan of the genre. I could probably tell you how many times I’ve tried to read a science fiction novel, but I don’t think I could tell you the last time I actually finished one. I most recently gave up on LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff.

The concept is too abstract. I like books that are weird and different, but sometimes I start reading a book that is too different for my taste. I have a hard time grasping concepts or settings that aren’t relatable or grounded in reality. Examples of books that I’ve abandoned for this reason are Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and The Library of Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (both of which are much-loved by other readers).

The ending is spoiled for me. Sometimes I discover the ending and manage to enjoy the book anyway. Other times, I find it hard to get invested if I already know how the plot will unfold.


● What are some things that make you stop reading a book?
● Are there any books you’ve recently abandoned?

Let me know in the comments!


6 thoughts on “Reasons Why I Might Not Finish a Book

  1. I abandon books all the time. Usually it is because I’m not connecting with it or the plot is moving too slow. A lot of times, though it is just because I wasn’t in the mood for that type of book. So far this year I’ve only abandoned one book: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. I was intrigued by the story, but I wasn’t connecting with it.

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  2. Spoilers are THE WORST! I have been lucky, so far, with not having the ending spoiled for me, but I abhor spoilers and make an effort not to let anything important slip in a review. My last few DNFs were for some of the reasons you mentioned. In one, I was 58% through and still nothing really happened. I thought I gave it a fair chance. Another, the MC just was not someone I cared about. He was whiney and judgmental, and again, I gave the author a chance to make me understand WHY, but it was taking too long to get there. A few DNFs have been because the author chose to put too much politics into a story that was not political, and it irritated me, because I am just tired of all the politicizing of EVERYTHING these days. I am ok with formulaic/predictable, because I am a romance reader. I think it would bother me if I was reading a mystery or suspense/thriller, but I sort of know what I’m getting from the beginning, so it’s ok by me.

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  3. I have a policy where if I’m not interested in a book for one of the reasons you mentioned above within the first 50 pages, I don’t even consider it a DNF. To me it’s the equivalent of trying out a chapter or two and deciding the book wasn’t for you. I think there’s nothing worse than reading a book you KNOW you won’t enjoy. Great post!

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