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            Okay, obviously, if you’ve ever been to my blog at all, you’d know that I rarely post anything less than a four-star review. I’ve never been one to bash books in such a public outlet. I think it’s negative and rude and honestly, there’s no need for it. I still rate them low, though, on Goodreads because I’m not going to lie and say I loved a book. I would just rather review books that I loved because I want everyone else to find books that they love, you know?

            I thought it would be interesting, however, to compile a list of books that I DNF’d. There are multiple reasons for why I DNF a book. It can be because I just wasn’t into it (sometimes, I’ve learned, liking a book is all about the timing), or there was zero chemistry between the characters or the writing was subpar in my opinion.

            I will say that these are all my opinions and to take them with a grain of salt. I’m sure a lot of these books are loved by many and for whatever reason, they just didn’t connect with me. Also, there are a couple of books on this list that I did actually finish (but I wish I hadn’t…).

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            Without further ado…

Run Away With Me (Come Back to Me #3) by Mila Gray

            I actually hated DNF’ing this. The first two books in this series are fucking incredible. I tore through them and laughed and cried and fell in love with each one. However, this third book. There was just something about it that I hated. There was zero chemistry between the two protagonists. And for some reason, the writing felt like it tried to have the maturity of NA while also having the innocence of YA, but there were sex scenes and it was just… very weird. It’s a no from me!

Filthy by Winter Renshaw

            Honestly, Kindle Unlimited is so great, especially for romance readers. Heaps of romance authors put their novels on Kindle Unlimited so subscribers can read them for free. However, this means that subscribers also have to sift through a lot of… not so great novels. Self-publishing is becoming more and more prominent and it has its pros and cons. This novel? Definitely a con. Again, the chemistry was extremely lacking. The writing was very rushed and the whole “I love you, no, I hate you” trope was not executed well. At all. It’s a no from me!

The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1) by Sara Ney

            My main problem with this one was Oz, the hero of the story. He was so fucking obnoxious. He acted like a 12-year-old. Also, apparently there’s a theme here because there was zero chemistry. Stop judging me. I read romance. There literally has to be chemistry between the protagonists. Oh yes, it’s a no from me!

Sad Girls by Lang Leav

            I absolutely adore Lang’s poetry. She’s exquisite. Her novel writing skills? They need some work. This was one of the most boring books I ever DNF’d. It was going absolutely nowhere. There was no plot. It all felt completely pointless and I just had to stop. Nope. No. No thanks!

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

            Telling people I hated this book always gets me dirty looks. This monstrosity is, apparently, a very loved book. Why? I’m not so sure. Both of the protagonists—Andrew and Camryn—are two of the most annoying characters I have ever come in contact with. Also, the excessive slut-shaming was such a turnoff. These books are in no particular order, but this has to be one of the worst books I have ever had the pleasure of DNF’ing. It’s a no from me, sweetie.

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

            This is another book that is extremely loved, but I just couldn’t get into it. The writing was very strange to me. It was too much. I got halfway through and just had to stop. That no? It’s from me.

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

            I need to stop trying to like Renee Carlino novels. I love her covers and the blurbs always get me, but god, I’ve tried three separate novels by her and I haven’t enjoyed any of them. This one was so strange, though, because there was more chemistry between Jax and Emerson (fictional characters in the book) than there was between Emiline and Jase (the real characters in the book). I don't know how that happened. It was so weird?!?! And the DIALOGUE. God, it was just terrible. It’s a no from me.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

            This book… oh, my god. This is absolutely the result of an adult using Tumblr far too much. It was so cheesy and cringe-worthy. There were POVs from a squirrel and a bench and it’s just like… girly… shut the fuck up. It’s a fucking no from me.

Taking the Lead by Cecilia Tan

            I originally bought this book because Christina Lauren raved about it. This has been the only time they’ve ever let me down. This book was… bad. Instalove has to be done just right and Cecilia Tan did not hit the mark. The relationship was so sudden and the story was so lacking. It’s a no from me, babe.

Complicate Me by M. Robinson

Honestly? I’m not sure how I even got through this, especially because of the TERRIBLE grammar, so many MUGS mistakes, and to be frank, shitty writing. The only reason I actually finished this is that the story (not the writing) made me want to find out what was going to happen. It was such a hot mess—I couldn’t look away. It’s a no from me, chief.

            OKAY! That was enough negativity to last an entire lifetime. Again, these are all in my own opinion and if you liked any of these books, good for you. They just didn’t do it for me. I’m sure there are several books that I loved that a lot of other people hated. And that’s okay! The beauty of literature is that it’s so versatile.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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