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.