Books I DNF’d in 2022

While we want to love every book that we pick up, there are some that just aren’t meant for us. Here are five books that I DNF’d during 2022:

  • The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy

The Off-Campus and Briar U series are frequently recommended for hockey romances. For me, this series goes downhill as it continues. While I could power through the first book in the Briar U series, The Chase, I could not say the same for The Risk. I checked The Risk out multiple times from the library, but never made it past the 50% mark. Like many of the other books from the Off-Campus and Briar U series, The Risk is filled with cringey scenes and dialogues. I feel like I may have enjoyed this book, as well as the rest of the series, more if I read it when it was released and I was younger. Now, I cannot see myself finishing this series.

  • These Hollow Vows by Lexie Ryan

I had These Hollow Vows on my TBR for awhile and decided to read it when it became available in my library. This is another case where I think that I would have enjoyed this book if I was younger. I think These Hollow Vows was actually a decent story, for as much as I read, but it definitely has a very young adult fantasy feel. I have seen a lot of the tropes in this book, as well as the world building, done in other books, so it was a little too similar to other books that I’ve read. However, if I had read this book when I was a young adult, I think I probably would have finished it and read the next book in the duology.

  • Something Wilder by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren’s books are hit or miss for me. I have found this to be especially true for Christina Lauren’s later works, which stray a little from complete romance. I found this to be especially true with Something Wilder. From the description and cover, I expected a second chance romance. However, there is a situation in the book which is completely unexpected and completely changes the tone of the book. In fact, it really sucked all of the romance out of the book for me and made me incredibly anxious. After this event occurred in the novel, I didn’t feel like continuing because I was in the mood to read a romance when I picked up this book, rather than what it become in the novel.

  • A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

This series is frequently recommended online for readers who like fantasy romance. I read another book by Scarlett St. Clair earlier this year, and while it isn’t one of my favorite novels of the year, it was very entertaining. I checked A Touch of Darkness out of a few times because the description sounded exactly like something I would like. However, I could not get into the writing at the beginning, which made it not fun for me to read.

  • To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn

I had read the first four books in the Bridgerton series and wanted to finish the books which focused on the rest of the siblings. However, I could not get past the first few chapters of To Sir Phillip, With Love. I just found myself incredibly bored with the plot and the repetitiveness of the Bridgerton novels.As of right now, I cannot see myself continuing on with the rest of the novels. However, I do plan on continuing to watch the Netflix series.

What books did you DNF in 2022?


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