21 Books Everyone Has Started But Never Finished

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I have a chronic problem with starting books and not finishing them. My DNF (did not finish) list is probably twice as long as my read list. Even when the book is wonderful, amazing, or life-changing, there’s a high chance that it will be sitting, half-read on my nightstand for years. But I know I'm not alone — there are countless books that everyone has started but never finished.

There's always something that gets in the way of my reading —  whether it’s having too much going on at work, crazy life drama, or (more often than not) a shiny new book that I just can’t wait to start. There are so many wonderful, amazing books in the world, I tend to get excited about new books and start them right away, forgetting the book I started just that same morning. I also have the habit of reading about five books at once, picking up specific books depending on my mood. This is not great for progress, and many of my books end up getting left behind.

But, hey, I can’t help it! Everyone reads in their own way, and everyone has their own guilty stack of DNFs. And I’d be willing to bet that everyone’s DNF pile shares some of the same titles. Whatever your reason for DNF-ing these books, I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. We all do it, and (as much as I love actually a finishing a book) when there are so many books and so little time, you’ve got to learn to move on.

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