Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Decided to DNF/Wish I had DNFed


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

This week’s theme is technically Books I Decided to DNF too Quickly but if I decide to DNF a story I rarely look back or regret it. We’ve all said it, life is too short to read bad books. So, I tweaked the topic to Books I Decided to DNF/Wish I had DNFed

Books I Wish I Had DNFed

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck – I just finished the eARC of this book and I have such regret. I kept hoping that the story would expand and become more engaging and it never did. I should have tossed in the towel and spared myself the disappointment.

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas – If I had just set this book down when it started getting annoying I wouldn’t have been sucked into this dumb series so badly. It isn’t good. I’m sorry, it just isn’t, but I can’t help but keep reading. I need to know what happens to Manon!

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – I wish I had thrown the towel in on this book in chapter one. For some people I understand that this book was wonderful but I hated it. I kept waiting for things to get violent instead of all emotional and they never did. The ending was a massive disappointment.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Another book that I wish I had just sat down instead of pushing to finish it. This series is so hyped I was sure that if I just finished the book there would be some sort of revelation to make it all seem worth it. There wasn’t. The book is just one giant dialogue brick.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Early on in this book I realized that Cinder just wasn’t for me. The story was too simple, the characters too childish, and the plot line too straight lined. I didn’t enjoy it, knew I wasn’t enjoying it, and still pushed myself to finish it. Waste of time.

Books I DNFed

These are all books I DNFed for various reasons without regret. For the most part, a reader can tell early on whether they are going to enjoy a book or not and can put it down instead of slogging through. For all of these, I had not problem setting them down and moving on. Granted, Furyborn and The Queens of Innis Lear were both ARCs so I felt some degree of guilt on them but a DNF with a quick comment is better than a full length, negative review, don’t you think?


Do you have any guilt when you DNF a book? What are some big DNF moments that you own?

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Decided to DNF/Wish I had DNFed

  1. Thank goodness I thought I was the only one who didn’t love Clockwork Angel. I quite liked The Mortal Instruments series but have never been able to get into this one.

    I’m also starting to feel the same about Throne of Glass. I loved the first two but the latest ones have become a bit of a slog.

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    1. Because of Clockwork Angel, I will never touch another Clare book so I will have to take your word that The Mortal Instruments series is better. The closest I will get to it is watching the show from time to time.

      To be honest, I have not loved a single Throne of Glass novel but somehow I keep getting roped into reading them. They just suck me in, it is ridiculous. I think I like being disappointed by them or something. Hah. Who knows.


    1. I couldn’t even get through Scarlet. In fact, it just auto returned to the library from Libby and I hadn’t touched it in over a week. I suppose for some readers they would be great books, I just couldn’t see that. Such regret that I wasted time on them.

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