Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Have 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 Rainy Day Reads. Well, I’m not doing that. I sat and pondered over it for a while and nothing came to mind. So, instead, I chose the topic of Books I Have DNFed/Wish I Had DNFed. Why did I choose this topic? Because I’m pretty sure I’m going to DNF my current read(s). Yikes!

Before we get into this I want to state that all opinions are my own. I understand that some of you may love these books that I just couldn’t bring myself to finish and, actually, that is great! If we all enjoyed the same books, the same things, the world would be a very dull place indeed. By stating my DNF choices (or wishes) in these books I by no means intend to insult or insinuate that they are at their heart bad books, merely that they were not for me.

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft – I have tried to read this book twice. Once as a physical copy and once as an audiobook. While I found the narrator for the audiobook engaging I just didn’t care enough about the characters, specifically Senlin, to finish the story. The setting was fascinating and unique, the side characters interesting, and the story progression fluid but Senlin himself, the narrator, was about as interesting as watching paint dry. Maybe some day I’ll return to this one with fresh eyes but for now it is soundly in my DNF pile. Book should be titled Senlin Need to Grow a Spine.

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1) by Natasha Ngan – When I DNFed this book I was 75% through and just could not get through one more page. All the characters but one felt like cookie cutter characters with different names slapped on them. I also had the same problem with this book as I did with Senlin Ascends in that the narrator was dry as dust. I felt no reason to care about her or her story and just couldn’t bring myself to continue on. I love that this book was LGBT but even that only felt half thought out and put in as little more than a cursory afterthought.

Nyxia (The Nyxia Tried #1) by Scott Reintgen – This is a book that I DNFed at exactly 50%. Reading through this one I just felt like chapter after chapter was merely a repeat of the chapter before. No new information or character development occurred nor was anything resolved in the very singularly focused plot line. Sometimes I DNF a book for the time being with the intent of picking it up later, but I know I will not be returning to this story to finish it. I simply could not take any more of the monotony.

Books I Wish I Had DNFed

With this section I’m going to look at things a little differently. Here are books that I actually finished but wish I had DNFed.

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry – When I first heard about this book I was DESPERATE to read it. I needed a horror Alice in Wonderland in my life and was looking forward to it so very much. Unfortunately this book was my most disappointing read of 2018. The plot was shallow, the characters dull, and the story tried to rely on flash horror and it just didn’t carry. Wish I had given this one up instead of pushing through.

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck – This was a book I received as an ARC and was immensely excited to read. Even the cover was enough to make me excited as it is absolutely gorgeous and gives off perfectly spooky vibes. Sadly, this one was another huge let down. The build up the first dozen chapters or so had me excited but it was all downhill from there. I kept waiting for the magic from the beginning to come back but it never did. Instead we tripped along with little more than an air or predictability and convenient plot points. Not worth the slog it turned into and I wish I had thrown in the towel when I had the chance.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – You know I disliked a book when, after finishing it, I mail it off to another blogger just so that I don’t have to look at it with disappointment perched upon my shelves. The so called pirates in this story were only pirates by the loosest definition as they were more Good Boys on a Boat than anything else. And don’t even get me started on the romance. I should have shut the cover on this one the second Mr. Good Boy started to change the personality of the female protagonist for the sake of a romantic sub plot. Infuriating.

That is all for this Top Ten Tuesday! Have any thoughts or opinions on these books? Feel free to share those thoughts in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Have DNFed

  1. Haha I love how much salt there is in this post. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Girls of Paper and Fire and To Kill a Kingdom! I’ve heard fairly mixed things about both of them but I’m looking forward to trying them out. Pretty much all the reviews I’ve seen of Alice have been rubbish – sorry it didn’t turn out to be the horror version of Alice in Wonderland you hoped for!

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    1. Many of these books are pretty popular, aren’t they? I wish I had been able to find the love for them that so many other people did. I always wonder after I DNF a book if I had read it in a different mood if my opinion would have changed.


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