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Books I DNFed in February

This month, I DNFed 5 books.

That’s only 1 more than last month.

As always, I had grand plans for the month of February. Bless my optimistic soul.

I tried my hardest and still ended up not finishing the following 5 books.


Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn

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I expected: The heartwarming tale of a girl reconnecting with her alcoholic father

I got: a typical YA tale with way too many flashbacks


I thought it was weird that the author took a serious premise and went wacky.

Oh noooo, the protagonist has to live with her dad’s kooky friends! How will she get her ex back?

The father-daughter relationship was a minor aspect in this by-the-numbers high school drama.


The Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

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I expected: a goofy romantic historical romp

I got: a serious historical tale with a whole lot of angst


I picked this book up right after finishing The Hazel Wood.

I had a really hard time reading that book. It was DARK.

After finishing, I turned to what I thought would be a fun, fluffy romance.


The book opens with a Very Serious flash-forward to the male lead in prison.

The next chapter sees the female lead’s father killed in front of her.

I wasn’t in the mood for more sorrow.

Thank you, next.


Keep Christianity Weird by Michael Frost


I expected: a manifesto about the benefits of counterculture

I got: a preachy, prescriptive text with odd historical examples


This was such a frustrating read.

I did not react positively to Michael Frost’s writing style.

I really resent old straight white men presenting well-trod arguments as brand-new ideas.

At least, this was the impression I got when Michael Frost explained Millennial culture in excruciating detail.

Did you know Millennials are socially and environmentally conscious?




Frost used the word “should” WAY more times than I was comfortable with and picked some TRULY strange cultural examples.

You want us to follow the example of the super strict bummer monks who advocated self-torture?

You consider Aimee Semple-McPherson a hero of the faith?

Question: WHY am I listening to you again?


Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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I expected: a thoughtful exploration of grief

I got: exactly that…and I couldn’t handle it


I might come back to this book one day because I LOVED the writing style.

I started the book, though, the day after the UMC General Conference.

I didn’t want to add vicarious grief to my already turbulent emotions.

Also, I was skeptical of the bad boy love interest.

Oooh, a prankster with an undercut? Now is NOT the time.


We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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I expected: an amazing, thoughtful story

I got: 33 pages of one


Liked this book. Couldn’t handle it.

I still feel guilty for not finishing my book list from Black History Month and I’m sick of all these unread library books lying around.

I couldn’t make myself read them and I was spiraling into a slump, so I gave myself permission to DNF the whole stack.

Maybe I’ll come back to these books.

For now, I want to focus on rereads and feel-good stories.


Here’s to DNFing books and here’s to my next 5.


Lover of cheese and performative angst. I love to call out, complain, overreact, analyze, and reimagine. This site contains the fruit of that labor.

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