I recently binge-read a series that I’ve had parts of on my Kindle for over a year… the final two books came (or one more will come) out in 2022. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement for I could find not one single thing about the hero or heroine in any of the three books I read to like or to root for their happy ending.
So, why did I continue reading not only one but two additional books? Because I was waiting for the spark, for that moment that most readers know when it all falls together and you love who these fictional people are… and I never found that moment through three books. Which breaks my heart.
I’ve made the choice to not review any of them here or on other locations. I won’t give a negative review to just increase my reading challenges numbers or to put down an author who I’ll read again — but not until their next series launches. These stories simply didn’t work for me. I should have DNF’d them once I realized they just weren’t working for me, but I gave them every chance to win me over… and that didn’t happen. The absolute truth is that just because this series didn’t work for me doesn’t mean that another reader won’t think them the best work of this author ever. It’s a quote that “No two persons ever read the same story.” And that is so true.
2022 is the year that I’ve declared that I will be using the power of DNF far more often. And trying so hard with this particular series just proves how badly I need to use that DNF power of any reader… to not finish a book that isn’t working for me for whatever reason.
Sadly, I know there will be many DNFs to come, for I know my history of giving every book every chance that I can before walking away. Years pass too quickly, and there are too many unread books to deny myself finishing the good ones just to give the bad ones a “chance”.