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. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for June 5th, 2018 was about DNF-ed books. DNF stands for Did Not Finish for those unfamiliar with this term. Since I have DNF-ed maybe a book or two in my entire life, I thought I’d change up the topic to talk about some of the books I wish I had stopped reading because they were either not worth my time or I ended up not liking as much as I would have if I had read it another time.
1. The Fandom by Anna Day
I read this as a group book for the Crone Book Club. Since I was in a blogger group, I was excited to pick it up and read along with the others. However, I didn’t enjoy the story much and I think a big part of it is because I was forced to finish it in a given time. I don’t know if I would have finished the book if not for that, but the deadline hanging over my head definitely took away some of the fun from the reading experience.
2. The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
This book is a prime example of when I regret reading a book after turning the last page. I was uncomfortable with the story for the most part and I felt like the ending of the book should have been pages before rather than where it actually ended. In my opinion, it was done just to add a cliff-hanger to get readers to continue on with the series, which I disliked. Also, I wasn’t a big fan of some of the themes in the story and overall it was quite disappointing now that I look back on it.
3. Brave New World by Aldolus Huxley
I read this based on the recommendation of a Booktuber whose tastes are pretty similar to mine. However, it turned out that I didn’t enjoy any part of it. The only reason I even got to the ending is because it was so short. I also remember that it fulfilled a reading challenge in a read-a-thon I was taking part in and I now regret choosing this one.
4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
I had finished the first three books in this series back when the sixth book was yet to be released, if I remember correctly. After hearing just about everyone raving about this series and The Infernal Devices series, I decided to read all of the books. This is perhaps my biggest bookish regret in my short life. The main couple were even more insufferable in the latter half of this series and themes I absolutely did not want to see more of were brought back again, which also made it boringly repetitive. The only reason these were tolerable to my brain were due to the wonderful side characters that I wish were the main characters just so I could get to know them better and hear more about their exploits.
5. House of Night series by P. C. and Kristin Cast
I believe the sole reason this series has as many books as it does is because of its commercial success. All of the plot could have been condensed into three action-packed and intense books, in my opinion. It started out really well but there are books in there that are just fillers between two books having major plot points. I trudged through this series because I was really curious to know how it ends. I literally skim-read so many parts of so many books because most of it was useless towards the main plot and the romantic drama in this was quite tiring. However, the novellas are some of my favourites since they expand on the lives of some really interesting characters in the series. I’m actually quite proud of myself to have come as far as I did with this series. I heard that there are going to be more books in the series, but I’ll definitely not be reading them.
6. Posion’s Kiss by Breeana Shields
This was one of the first books I read which was a fantasy inspired by Indian culture, myths and folklore. I was super excited for it because a big book blogger had enjoyed it, but I found myself confused and annoyed for the majority of it. I felt like the author should have researched better or had a Indian/person of Indian origin beta-read the manuscript. I was constantly jarred out of the story with little details that didn’t fit in with the world described or I was screaming at the characters not to be stupid.
7. Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert
The sole reason I forced myself to get through this book was because I snagged an ARC of it on Net Galley. It had a promising synopsis but this was a sad case of a male author trying to write a strong female character and failing at it miserably. There wasn’t an amazing plot to make up for the glaring flaws either and this was an experience I’d rather forget.
8. Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
Yes, I’ll admit I’ve read it. I also recognise that it’s a problematic book and that it needs to be called out for it because teens shouldn’t be looking up to this book as having the ideal dreamy romance. When I was thirteen, however, I did really enjoy the first book in the series. Alas, that’s where I should have stopped as well because I think it went steadily downhill from there. This series is the reason I grew allergic to the love triangle trope. I think the negatives of this far outweigh its addictive quality and I wish I hadn’t bought into the craze back when it was at its peak.
9. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
I have a feeling this would be on many people’s list but I want to go one step further and wish it had never existed. I don’t ever plan on buying this book because I’m still in denial. A play based on Harry Potter sounds amazing and I love the fact that there is such a diverse cast, but the story line opens up major plot holes and I just couldn’t get behind it. The beloved characters of the original series all seem so very different as adults and not in a good way. The only redeeming quality of this book is Scorpius, who is a precious cinnamon roll and deserves a better adventure than the mess that Cursed Child is.
10. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Since this is the last book in a trilogy, I don’t want to give away spoilers, so I’ll just say that I didn’t like the ending even a tiny bit. I was hoping it would build up to something epic, but this was a severe let down for me. I completely understand that the author is free to do whatever she wants with the story, but I also desperately wish she would re-write this with a different ending. I don’t think I’ll ever stop being salty any time this book is mentioned.
Do you DNF books? If so, which was your latest DNF? If you don’t, which book do you wish you could go back in time and not read? Let me know in the comments section below.