Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Decided to DNF too Quickly

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This week’s TTT topic: Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.)

There are plenty of books that I may have a made a mistake in DNF’ing too quickly and have second thoughts on reading or not reading. So maybe you guys can help decide whether I should pick some of these back up at some point?

1) The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

I don’t remember how much I read of this before I put it down, but the thing that really made me DNF this was the MC, Colby. He is “The Nice Guy” character and he was so snobby and pretentious and I hated how acted towards his best friend, Bev wanting to do summer stuff without him. Boo hoo. I still have some reasons why I’d continue reading, I enjoyed that this about an all-girl punk band going on tour, there’s references to some of my fave indie rock bands (Sleater-Kinney!!!), and it’s written by Nina LaCour who mostly writes f/f romances but I think this is a m/f unless somehow there’s a side f/f relationship. This is a maybe.

2) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I actually read pretty well into this but I didn’t particularly like the writing style of crossing words out like this in just on just about every page, there was too little word-building for me to care about the story and the universe, and I was not invested in the characters especially Warner, who I think is garbage. I’ve heard it gets better with the story and characters. So I could be convinced to read this.

3) A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

This one I had read quite a bit of in, but I just stopped and never pick it back up for no particular reason. I think one reason why I have yet to come back to it though is because a major plot point in the story is that the MC is r*ped and I hate HATE rape used as a plot line, especially for THE MAIN FEMALE CHARACTER. I like the idea of a genderswapped Sherlock and I did like the writing, so I may read try to read this again.

4) Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub

I read maybe 1 chapter into this and that’s actually a fairly long chapter from what I remember. I did want to enjoy it because its about a 30s/40s movie starlet and Old Hollywood but the writing style is very…boring and not engaging. It’s kind of written like an essay where there’s so much description and telling instead of showing.

5) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

So I interested because of the synopsis and the format. But it felt like it took to long to even get to a “plot” for me. I may pick this up again because I still own it and the sequel but I hope that this time around, the plot moves faster.

6) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls


I actually have read most of this one, but for some reason I just stopped reading and haven’t finished it yet. I do want to pick this up again since I did enjoy it but I honestly need to be in the mood to re-read it.

7) The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

 I started this and stopped pretty early. I was feeling but at the same time not feeling it. I just hope that if I do read it again, I’ll be more engaged with it because I really wasn’t invested the first time around.

8) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Okay this one I’m OBVIOUSLY going to read. I have a need to read some classics, especially some Jane Austen novels. I just think I need to be the mood to read this because it is surprisingly kind of long and the writing style is pretty different from modern writing.

9) Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 by Kelley Sue DeConnick & Emma Rios

pretty deadly vol 1

Yeah I know that this is a comic, but you can easily DNF a comic book and I DNF’d this one. I think at the time I was not in the mood for it and the story from the beginning didn’t make sense to me. I do want to read it again and actually be the in the mood for it.

10) Delicious in Dungeon Vol. 1 by Ryoko Kui

Also why not include a manga? This one, I have read the first 2 chapters and do have interest but I have so much other books to get to and I can easily read this in one sitting. I DNF’d mainly because I was not in the mood for it at the time of reading.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Decided to DNF too Quickly

  1. Great list! Illuminae was very difficult for me to stay focused in and while I enjoyed it, I can definitely see why it won’t be for everyone. I was always curious about The Disenchantments but I was also always skeptical about it so I haven’t picked it up, despite loving Nina. And, I totally can see why you weren’t fond of Shatter Me–its one of those books that not everyone likes the prose involved and I feel like, while it does get better as it goes on, it just may be one of those books you might be better off not reading if you couldn’t get into it. (Not saying you couldn’t get into it when it comes to the sequels, mind you.)

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    • Thanks for reading!! 🙂

      Yeah Shatter Me is a maybe still for me. I wouldn’t mind trying it again. I still want to give all these books a try again for sure!


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