December 24, 2022

DNF & NRN of 2022

Bookhearts, you are familiar with my 50-Page RuleThe purpose of this annual DNF (did not finish) and NRN (not right now) post is to share my reason(s) in an effort to help books find its intended audience. May these books find a new home where they will be finished and enjoyed.
  1. An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher ~ Please not another Then & Now when unnecessary.
  2. Chevy in the Hole by Kelsey Ronan ~ Love Detroit mentions but not enough to finish; disjointed.
  3. Embers on the Wind by Lisa Williamson Rosenberg ~ I was here for Underground Railroad but not séances, spirits, "high yellow" girls, "midnight black" ancestors and the Obelisk. 
  4. Finding Me by Viola Davis ~ Unpopular opinion that it's disjointed. Will try again someday.
  5. Fly Away by Kristin Hannah ~ Skimmed because in a coma the whole book?!
  6. Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith ~ Beautiful prose but story falls flat and slow-paced.
  7. Happy is on Hiatus by A.C. Arthur ~ Snoozer.
  8. Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese ~ To be a retelling of Scarlet Letter, the focus is on everything and everybody but Nathaniel Hawthorne.
  9. Hide by Tracy Clark ~ Slow motion for meh.
  10. How to Be a Boss B*tch by Christine Quinn ~ The bitch is bitchier in book form.
  11. Jackal by Erin E. Adams ~ Missing Black girls is important but this long roundabout is too slow.
  12. Maame by Jessica George ~ Teetering on woe-is-me thin line. Unexpected content.
  13. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult ~ Fittylem characters.
  14. On Rotation ~ Turned off from language ("ass" overused, "dark-skinned nappy-headed ho"). 
  15. Restore Me by J.L. Seegars ~ Not sure what it is but this ain't it.
  16. The Accidental Pinup by Danielle Jackson ~ Great body positivity message but forced romance.
  17. The Bluebonnet Battle by Carolyn Brown ~ Southern charm is there but overdoing funeral talk.
  18. The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews ~ Serious yawning.
  19. The Three of Us by Ore Agbaje-Williams ~ Where is the punctuation? Impossible to read.
  20. The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth ~ Too slow of a slow burn.
  21. This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel ~ Alternating from past to present with no chapter heading.
  22. Upgrade by Blake Crouch ~ Jargon took me out. (Diffusely metastatic, pyknodyostosis, Paget's...)
  23. Violeta by Isabel Allende ~ History Lesson vs. Historical Fiction; pandemic all over again.
  24. Wahala by Nikki May ~ I've met them all now and nope.
  25. Where Wild Peaches Grow by Cade Bentley ~ Slow as thick syrup.
  26. Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? ~ Will try again when I have the patience to read heavy dialect.
  27. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi ~ Struggled to get far as 11%.


  1. I also DNF'd On Rotation (those footnotes got on my nerves) and Yinka. Went back and finished Yinka and mad that I wasted my time. LOL