Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I’d DNF-ed

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.

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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.

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I’d DNF-ed

    1. It was pretty average in the end. I liked the idea of the story but the characters really grated on me and I felt like they weren’t fully fleshed out. I’m glad you decided not to continue on with it. It would’ve only disappointed you.

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  1. You’ve only DNFed maybe a couple books in your reading life? That’s commitment. I used to be more adamant about finishing every book I read, but now I have a rule of thumb: If I’m not enjoying the book by Page 100, I put it down to start a different book, then see if I want to finish it afterward. (Usually I don’t.) Sometimes I stretch it another 20, 50 pages. Other times I stop well before Page 100. But there are just too many books in the world for me to waste time on reading something I don’t like for any reason.

    I hear you on Twilight, btw. I read the first book, and I have no idea what compelled me to read the sequel, but I quit the series after that. As for Allegiant: I didn’t have a problem with the ending, but I thought the book was poorly written as a whole. Tobias’s narrative voice had no personality, and Veronica Roth is more to blame for that than the character is. :/

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    1. Yeah, I don’t have a DNF rule because I’ve been surprised by books sometimes if I’ve stuck with them in the end. Also, if I’m going to be writing reviews for any book, I believe I should’ve read it fully before giving any opinion. However, I’m quite good at picking books that I will like, so my lowest star rating is 3 stars. If I’ve really disliked a book, I usually don’t rate it and those usually turn out to be super popular ones I just read for the hype.

      Ugh, yes, Twilight gets worse with each book. As a teen, I didn’t quite understand how Bella and Edward’s relationship was emotionally abusive, but since I have I always point that out before saying I had enjoyed it at a point where I didn’t know better. It’s very rare that I finish a series where I hate the protagonist, but this was an exception, probably because of all the hype it had when it first came out. I’m glad you share my opinion. πŸ™‚
      With Allegiant, I feel like whatever happened to Tris could’ve been easily prevented, especially since I remember other characters were wearing protective gear and she was the only exception. I thought that was really stupid and deliberately done by the author, so from then on I despise the story. But poor writing was definitely a culprit as well. Tobias definitely deserved better! I’m still on the fence about her latest duology because a lot of people have called it out for having the white saviour trope and I’m also a bit skeptical about the writing.

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      1. Oh yeah. For a moment I forgot you’re a book blogger. *superembarrassedfacepalm*

        You make a good point, though. If I were a book blogger like you, I would make more of an effort to stick with books until the end. But since I blog more about creative writing and “the writer’s lifestyle” now than books (though I’m always happy to tell readers about the books I love), I guess it makes it a little easier to give myself permission to quit a book if I’m not happy with it.

        I’m probably not going to read Roth’s latest series, either. For the same reasons you listed. Plus, I heard that other people were upset about how the first book treats people with chronic pain or disabilities. Maybe I heard that one wrong, but there seemed to be a number of sensitivity issues with the book nonetheless…


  2. I got The Fandom from the library… now I’m rethinking it …
    I never did complete the mortal instruments series or house of night series… left them after book 4 and 10.. actually forgot what the whole story was about 😊😊😊
    I still like the infernal devices though … I love it when love triangles are done well.. and the new Dark artifices series is a favorite too..

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    1. You may have a different opinion, of course, but maybe you can read the first 100 or so pages and then decide about The Fandom? I read it for a book club and a lot of people thought this was an average book.

      Good thing you abandoned those two! They were definitely not worth it. But how did you manage to pick the story of Dark Artifices without having read The Mortal Instruments first? Just curious because I thought that was a sequel series.

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      1. I just got fandom from the library coz it was there though I heard all the average reactions… maybe I’ll give a try…
        I just read a recap of all TMI books and then continued with Lady Midnight… it’s definitely much better writing .. but the same cliches and tropes still persist…

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      2. Thank god for that.. no more incest😜😜
        I like the new characters… but as usual it’s very angsty… and love triangles too 😊😊😊

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      3. I’m okay with love triangles – I wasn’t too bothered by it in The Infernal Devices – although as a general rule I despise them. And it isn’t a Clare book if it isn’t angsty. πŸ˜… I think I might pick up this series around the time Queen of Air and Darkness releases because I’ve heard Lord of Shadows has an unbearable cliffhanger.

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      4. Ohh yes definitely a good idea to read around December… I was in a shock and din know what to do when I read tat ending of lord of shadows 😭😭
        She definitely writes some better love triangles… I don’t mind the trope as long as I can like all 3 characters and there’s a reason for the triangle..

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  3. ioana @dragonwaffles

    All the agree about The Cursed Child!! It ruins so so much of the original story and my smol fave characters Hermione and Harry!!! And Ron’s character is just..bleahhhh. It makes me angry to think of it. It’s worse then a fanfic honestly because I’ve read fanfics that respect the sourse material.

    Allegiant was a let-down but I didn’t mind the deaths! It’s just…Four annoyed me so much…and the genetic stuff flew over my head…it was boring…ugh.

    Great list <3! I loveeee hearing people's unpopular opinions!!

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    1. Thank you! 😊 Yes, I’ve read better fanfics too. Could they seriously not think of a better plot? Ugh. I really don’t want to consider it canon. 😞
      I agree with you about Allegiant. It wasn’t a very good book even before the ending. And Four was being so strange and uncharacteristic? I had expected something awesome like the last Hunger Games book, but it was nothing like that. 😞

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  4. I’m honestly not surprised by a single book on this list because they are often the types of books that just don’t click with people. I agree with you on Twilight–I wish I hadn’t finished it. And House of Night is much of the same. It started off solid and I loved it for a hot minute when it came out but I recently tried to pick it back up but it was just… not for me. I forgot that the authors came out with a new book in the series, targeted at adults. It makes sense in theory since its fanbase is now primarily adult but… was it really necessary? No. Great list!

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    1. I feel like the House of Night series books always drag a lot and they’re putting out more books just for profit’s sake even though there’s usually barely a plot? I’m so done with it though, I’m never going back. Glad we share these opinions. 😊


  5. I agree with your The Cursed Child verdict – I don’t it was a story the fans deserved to have. (Whether fans ‘deserve’ anything is another debate, but I can’t imagine Rowling approved The Cursed Child because it was a story she really wanted to tell for her own personal reasons…).
    I do DNF books, though it took me a little while to work up to that habit. So many books, so little time! I can’t be bothered to stick with a book that’s not working for me. I’ve gotten better at selecting books, though, so I don’t DNF too often. I think the last book I abandoned was from last year – The Midnight Sun by Cecilia Eckback (I liked her debut; this one, not so much).

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  6. It’s a widely successful play, so I think it just doesn’t work when read. It’s a shame though because I’d love to hear more from some of the characters in it. 😞
    Usually the books I pick up are of my own interest and I mostly make wise choices, which is why my rating on reviews never stray below 3 stars. Others I usually receive for review and on principle I don’t DNF them. Maybe one day I’ll be comfortable abandoning books that aren’t working for me? I don’t know but for now the no-DNF policy hasn’t given me too many regrets. πŸ˜… I’m glad that you don’t waste your time on books that aren’t working for you though. As you mentioned there are just too many books to be read, so it’s definitely good that you’re making the best use of your reading time. πŸ™‚


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