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 The Last Ten Books I Abandoned. Folks, if you have ever paid a smattering of attention to this blog you will know that I am a strong believer in the DNF. I also find peace and joy in a good TBR purge. Why? Because you don’t need to keep things in your life that you don’t want. I don’t care if you’ve read three pages or three hundred pages of a book. IT IS OKAY TO DNF and/or remove a book from your TBR! Here are some books I have chosen to part ways with.
Books I DNFed
Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3) by Laura Sebastian – I DNFed this book recently and it is one I won’t be going back to. The first book in the trilogy was pretty good, it certainly had some high and low points and there was a lot of potential for the story to grow. Unfortunately, the second book in the series was a complete dud but I still told myself I’d give the last book in this trilogy a shot. I read around a hundred pages and the last chapter and decided this was not worth my time. Dull dull dull.
There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool – This book got purged into the realm of the DNF at around the halfway point. I had such hope for this story and the synopsis sounded fantastic! Unfortunately, the characters all blurred together from their multiple POVs in a hazy tedium that I just couldn’t force myself to continue with. The setting of this story is interesting and the plot itself had a lot of potential but the characters were not worth pushing through.
Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1) by Scott Reintgen – This is a case when the phrase “I can’t even” is perfect apt. When I tried to read this I got to the halfway point, set it down, and never looked back. Each chapter was a repeat of the one before. Same themes, same concepts, same arguments and conversations. The idea behind this series was very interesting to me but the execution was just a round of repeats.
Books I Wish I DNFed
The Queen of Nothing (Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black – Looking back I should have abandoned this book from the start. The first book in this series was okay. I wasn’t over the moon about it but it was enough to get me to read book two which I absolutely loved! I was hoping for more of that spark in Queen of Nothing but every last little thing I enjoyed about the first two books went right out the window. Bad boy turned good, really bad guy dies off page and is hardly even commented upon, plot goes out the window…I wish I had tossed this out the window while I had the chance.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik – My dislike of this book causes me physical pain. I absolutely adored Novik’s Spinning Silver and it is easily one of my favorite reads of all time. I saw so many people in the bookish community saying that Uprooted was the better book so I was thrilled to read it. I just…I can’t believe this was written by the same author. There was so much excused abuse in this book it made me sick. Romanticized abuse. Mental abuse is not okay. Verbal abuse is not okay. Psychological abuse is not okay. And it is even more not okay when it is excused as romantic. Abuse is not loving or affectionate.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – Here is a book that was HYPED when it was released. It seemed like everyone was talking about it and I am never one to say no to a hyped book. However, I should have given this book a wide berth. I knew about half through that this story wasn’t for me but I soldiered on, assuming it got better. It didn’t. The romance in this story was completely unbelievable, the male love interest was a good boy who just had to turn our bad girl good, and the ending very nearly made me gag. I hated this so much I rehomed my copy to a kind soul who found it much more enjoyable than I did and I am not one to ever part ways with my books.
I hope you enjoyed my belated Top Ten Tuesday post! I had drafted this over the weekend but it seems to have gotten lost in the WordPress void so it took a book to put it back together today.
Are you the kind of person that DNFs or are you the type that soldiers through? Tell me why in the comments!