#DNF list- Books I Did Not Finish

It is nearing the end of the calendar year, and I figured I’d wrap up the year with some books I have never finished. Hopefully, in 2018, I will be able to finish these novels (at least some of them!)

  • The Aeneid by Virgil:

This was a book that I was assigned to read for an Ancient Roman culture class. We only were assigned to read excerpts of it throughout class and I honestly never picked it up again after that class ended, mostly because that particular class required so much reading every week that I had to take a break from that story. However, it is interesting and educational so I’d like to think that I’d pick it up again.

  • Anna Karenina  by Leo Tolstoy

I have been “reading” this book for over a year now and I always make excuses not to read it- I’ll go and read a shorter book or I’ll listen to my audiobook or I’ll read my ebook. It’s a really bad habit and I’m nearly halfway through, so hopefully I will get the urge to just power through it. I am really enjoying it, it’s just dense and sometimes I have to switch to something lighter or more contemporary. The issue is I often get stuck in those other novels while forgetting about this classic.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

I had to read excerpts of this for a science class and actually really enjoy the spin that Bryson puts on science- it’s accessible to laymen who have never taken a psychics class in their life like me and it’s entertaining. There are narratives behind every discovery described and I would like to finish the parts that were not assigned to me because it was that good.

  • Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott

I tried reading this book as an adolescent and it was a more adult version of Little Women that young me just didn’t identify with as much as the characters in the original book. However, as a younger adult now, I think I would like to give this book the second chance it deserves.

  • The History of Rome by Livy

Again, I was assigned this book for my ancient Rome class, and because a lot of Rome’s “history” is mythologically based, I would like to continue reading this book but in a less academic, more relaxed setting.

  • Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

I regret never finishing the Inkheart trilogy, especially because I loved the first two. I was deterred by the enormous size of the third book, as well as a couple of friends who told me that the book was not worth my time. Thinking back on it (in my defense I was ten years old so the opinions of my peers had great weight on me) I should have formed my own opinion on the book and just committed to finishing the series in the first place.

  • The Complete Sonnets of Shakespeare

It’s not like me to read poetry as I would a novel, but instead pick it up from time to time. However, I believe I don’t pick up this poetry book quite as often as I should, and I do hope to, one day, have read every poem and play written by Shakespeare.

  • The Story of Earth by Robert M. Hazen

I was also assigned parts of this for a science class. However, I am not sure I am as determined to finish this one as the others- it describes the origins of Earth and is kind of dry unless you are a geologist enthusiast? It is interesting though, but maybe this one will be a book I’ll never finish.

  • The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp

I love, love, love The Sound of Music. I am pretty sure I have the entire soundtrack memorized at heart. I tried to read this memoir at a young age, but it differed so much from the idealized, romanticized version of this story portrayed in the movie that I quickly lost interest. However, as an adult (do you see a theme here?) I’d like to think I’d appreciate the real story more.

  • Tender is the Night by Scott Fitzgerald

This was simply a vacation read that I never quite finished, but I would really like to. I don’t have a good excuse for this one, besides the simple fact that I forgot I was reading it.

How many books on your #didnotfinish list? Will you continue reading those, or will they remain unfinished for you?

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5 Books to Bring to the Pool With You

It is nearing the end of July, and the end of summer is almost at hand. If you have not gotten a jump-start on your summer reading list, (I am in this predicament since I have been busy with both work and school for the past six weeks), then here are five, easy-to-read, breezy books that you can probably finish in one or two trips to the pool.

  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler

This is a delightful and honest autobiography coming from one of the most successful female comedians of this generation. Poehler’s writing is smart, emotional, and of course, hilarious. Because of how captivating she is, it is easy to get engrossed in this book and finish it quickly. I would recommend for anyone who enjoys some feminist musings on the entertainment industry, anyone who has experienced emotional turmoils from divorces, or for anyone who is looking for a few laughs.

  •  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

If you are anything like me and enjoy classical novels, then this is the summer read for you. What stood out most to me about this book is its characterization of the protagonist. Anne is the epitome of the well-meaning, innocent child who manages to make the world a little brighter for all those who are lucky enough to cross her path. But she is still human, with very apparent insecurities and character flaws. This feel-good classic will be hard to pry from anyone’s hands who likes a neat little bow at the closure of a story.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

This is technically a play, but it still makes the list. Wilde is a brilliant playwright with a good command on the English language, and it is especially apparent in this comedy. This play has everything one needs for a good night at the theatre (or a good sit by the pool): mistaken and false identities, romance mix-ups, and a happy ending.

  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Maybe fantasy is more your speed, and so I present to you the first novel that made the series The Chronicles of Narnia famous. I believe there is a good reason that this is the most well-known novel out of the entire series, and it is simply because it is the one with the most mainstream fantasy plot, one with a talking lion, a seductive witch, and a well-meaning Faun. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, I believe that this is the summer book for you.

  • The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Wallis

Of course, I had to include a major romance novel on here because summer and romance go well together. While I typically do not have the taste for most of the romance genre, The Bridges of Madison County was especially interesting to me because of how relatable and tangible the protagonist Francesca is. I know the fact that the book glorifies an affair turns some people off from the story, but it intrigues me all the more because it calls for a more complex and realistic storyline.


If you have any summer book recommendations, don’t be afraid to message me via the Contact page!