Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve DNF-ed

This week Top Ten Tuesday is celebrating ten years! How crazy. The prompt is open ended with one of those options: pick a past TTT topic you’ve done and re-do/update it or pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done, but didn’t get a chance to do. Since I was on hiatus during May, I missed making a list of the last 10 books I marked as DNF. Since I was already planning to write a post like this, I thought I’d share it today.

Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao: I checked this out from my library because it’s connected to her other series I read. But as I started it, I wasn’t really that interested by the characters and the plot.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon: I really wanted to like this because it sounded fun and I love reading contemporaries with diverse characters. But I couldn’t get past the main character’s narration. He annoyed me so much.

Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson: I picked this up because an author I follow raved about it, but it took a while for anything to happen and I realized I just wasn’t that interested in the story after all. I wish I would have liked it more.

Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin: I started this and just couldn’t get into it. I had it checked out from the library around a time I had a ton of other books to read, so maybe I’ll consider trying it again in the future.

The Girl Who Could See  by Kara Swanson: I decided to read this because the author is coming out with a Peter Pan sequel/retelling later this year and I was curious about her writing. I don’t think I’m going to read that retelling after all.

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow: The concept of this was great, but it took so long for anything to happen and I didn’t really care about either of the main characters.

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold: I read one and a half chapters and called it quits. This book was… disturbing. The first chapter includes a detailed sex scene and the second chapter describes a girl having her period in great detail. Since it’s also second person, it just felt really weird to read. I read a few reviews of this book to see what others thought, and after that, I decided I didn’t really want to finish this book.

The Stone of Sorrow by Brooke Carter: I requested this from NetGalley because it sounded cool, but the writing was awful. It was full of telling and the story took forever for anything to happen. I was bored. Usually if I request a book for review, I’ll try to finish it, but with this one, I just couldn’t take any more of the writing style.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: I wanted to like this book. I mean, it’s all about dragons! But I dragged my way through 100 pages and realized I didn’t care about the characters or the world or anything.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Hope Nicholson: For some reason I thought this was a graphic novel and I also didn’t read the synopsis. After I read the intro pages and the first couple contributions, I decided I wasn’t really interested in the content.

Other books I contemplated DNF-ing this year but chose to stick with it: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins; Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger; Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim; The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren; Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter; and Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell. I continued reading most of these in the hopes they’d get better. Some did, some didn’t.

Do you DNF books? Do you keep track if you do? How do you decide to stop reading a book? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve DNF-ed

    • Thank you! It’s hard to decide to give up on a book (and I used to NEVER quit reading books), but there just isn’t enough time to waste on books I’m not invested in.


    • I know! I really wanted to like Seraphina. I may try to pick it up again in the future (or maybe listen to the audiobook?). Sometimes I get bored of books and read them later and love them so fingers crossed!

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  1. The last book I DNF’d was What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter. I was really excited because it’s about a YA Book blogger, but the main character spends all her time bashing adult readers of YA Fiction and that didn’t sit right with me.

    Also, she’s REALLY annoying.

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    • Ooh, that’s sad. I’ve heard other reviewers feeling similar about the adult reader bashing. It’s weird that an adult author would think that was okay.

      Sorry for such a bad experience. Sometimes that happens and we just have to move on!


  2. I haven’t read or attempted any of these, but I was letting my eyes skip down the page and saw the “detailed sex scene” paragraph before I saw the book title. I was about to agree that I would have quit it on the spot too, but then I went back and…AHAHA, OF COURSE IT’S AN ELANA K. ARNOLD BOOK.

    You ever hear about an author and just know they are ABSOLUTELY IN NO WAY for you? I had one of her books on my TBR, and checked another one out of the library, when I looked up the library one on Goodreads. Upon realizing both were by the author of Infandous, and that judging by the reviews all of her books were prone to the same nightmare level of graphic content, I gave up on both without a backward glance and would have to be paid so much money to ever pick one up again.

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    • Ahhh! I know exactly what you mean. I didn’t realize until after I had started the book and had the weird experience who the author was. I heard one of her other books had similar uncomfortable content, which put me off from reading it. I definitely don’t think her books are for me either.


  3. Ah, I’m sorry you didn’t like Frankly in Love. I really enjoyed it, but it did take a bit to get used to his “voice.” Happy Reading!

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