You guys, I did it. I just abandoned a book several chapters in, returned it to the library, and declared myself done with it. I gave it three separate chances before committing to my decision to not finish it and I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about it. I'll admit I probably couldn't have done it if I hadn't skimmed ahead a bit and read the ending so I wouldn't be left totally in the dark. I'm glad I didn't force myself to slog through a book I just wasn't feeling, but I really do hope this doesn't happen often. It gives me an icky feeling I can't quite put my finger on.
You see, this is very unlike me. To be perfectly honest, I usually like the books I choose to read. Of course I don't love them all, but it's really rare for me to pick out a book of my own free will and then end up so disappointed I'm tempted to just stop reading. The closest I've ever come to doing this was last year's Gillespie and I, but like other books I've been meh about, I was still committed enough to stick it out. Until now, apparently.
If you're wondering which book I Did Not Finish, it's Alyson Noel's second Soul Seeker novel Echo. I thoroughly enjoyed Fated and even used Echo for a Waiting on Wednesday post. I was genuinely looking forward to this one and I don't mean for this post to serve as a condemnation of the book itself. After all, I didn't actually read most of it, so I can only talk about it from that perspective. If you liked Fated, definitely give this one a try and decide for yourself. But for me, I think my issue was the fact that the first book served as more of an introduction to the characters and this particular "world" and I found that infinitely more engaging than the action that awaited me in the second installment.
Once the book moved further into the grand battle between good and evil, I just didn't care anymore. I couldn't stay invested. Maybe I'm burnt out on YA books with this particular theme? I'm very careful to pay attention to what kind of reading mood I'm in when I pick up a book, so I don't think that's the problem. The last thing I want to do is give a book an unfair shot because I wasn't in the right frame of mind at the time.
So, does anyone else have thoughts on DNF books? I never gave this issue much thought before, but I'm really curious now. I'd love to hear what other readers and bloggers do when they find themselves wanting to quit.