Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I almost had to DNF

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:

June 5: Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly

I don’t actually DNF books (I’m currently writing a post on this that will be going up soon) but I’ve certainly come close to it a few times. The books I’ve chosen for this week are all books I didn’t enjoy that much and considered DNFing at least once.


Most of these were either poorly narrated, had inconsistent pacing and subplots, or were full of bland characters. Sometimes it was a mixture of all three. The Raven King had a few problematic elements that I felt were never properly addressed, but the with the others it was more of a case of promising synopses failing to live up to expectations.

Do you DNF books? Are there any books you’ve been really disappointed by?

Until next time

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I almost had to DNF

  1. I normally don’t DNF books, but some books I was quite disappointed with were: Flame in the Mist and That Inevitable Victorian Thing.

  2. I remember buying the book box of the Maze Runner and completely regretting it. It was such a hard read to get through and I just didn’t enjoy it at all 😦

    1. Yeah, I found The Maze Runner really boring and the writing style too simple. It seemed liked the author only aimed his book at teenage boys (the dialogue was quite immature), and I just didn’t get on with it at all. I’d already unhauled it when the sexual allegations about him came out about, but I’ll definitely never be reading another of his books again after them.

  3. I didn’t nearly DNF it, but I’m not a fan of The Maze Runner trilogy (mainly because of the way The Death Cure ended, talk about a bad ending to a promising series). Also I really struggled with Talon. I think that’s one of the rare books I actually did end up DNF-ing ages ago. I put it back on my TBR list but haven’t picked it up since and honestly don’t think I ever will.
    Great picks for this week Kate, though I am sorry to see The Smoke Thieves on this list because I actually enjoyed that one. 🙂 ❤

  4. I don’t DNF either, so I definitely know where you’re coming from (and I’m looking forward to your upcoming post on the topic!) though admittedly the result is a long list of regrets where I wish I’d had the resolve to throw in the towel 😛

    1. Yeah that’s pretty much exactly how I feel – occasionally regretting starting a book because now it means I need to see it through to the end, even though it’s not great. Aww thanks, I’ll probably be posting it either over the weekend or early next week. 🙂

  5. The Fandom is on my YALC TBR, so now I’m curious to see how I’ll feel about it, haha.
    I considered DNF’ing Everless as well! I liked the whole idea of the book, but execution-wise it was.. lacking.. I’m still going to give the sequel a shot though; we’ll see. 🙂

  6. Hi Kate 🙂
    I usually don’t DNF books because I always think taht it could get better. Though I’m currently reading ‘The Glittering Court’ by Richelle Meads and I thought about dnfing it more than once… I just don’t like the story or characters much 😦

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