Top Ten Tuesday | Books I DNF’d


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 2018. It’s all about sharing our love of lists, reading and meeting fellow book nerds.

This week’s topic is all about books we have DNF’d for one reason or another. I’ve always been the type of person that DNFs books that I’m not enjoying. I don’t see the point in pushing myself to read a book I’m not liking when there are so many other books I want to read and so little time in which to read them. However, sometimes I’ll see another blogger or booktuber talking about a book I DNF’d and after seeing how much they loved it I can’t help but wonder if maybe I didn’t give the book enough of a chance to grab me.

So here are the last books I have DNF’d and the reasons why I gave up on them. Surprisingly, I do not have a full list of 10. I think this is because I’ve been very selective lately about what I add to my tbr. If you think I should give them another chance please let me know.


This was such a difficult one for me. I wanted to love it so much, but I just found it to be boring. The plot moved way to slow for me. I ended up DNFing it at like 15% into the eBook.


Another one that I really wanted to love but in this case I just could not get invested into the story because of the two main characters. Sadie just came across as a manic pixie dream girl and Lane was so boring and one dimensional. I DNF’d at 20% into the eBook.


I could not continue to read this one. I had to DNF at 174 pages because the over sexualization of Evie’s character made this extremely uncomfortable for me to read.


Holly Black is such a well loved author here on the online bookish community so I’m sure I’ll get some backlash for this. I wanted to love it because I love books about the fae. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get past the writing on this one. I DNF’d at 20% into the eBook.


I always feel weird DNFing a classic. Like I should be able to get through them just because they are classics which is a weird line of reasoning. I mean regardless of when they are published if a book doesn’t grab me then I shouldn’t force myself to read it. In this case I got maybe 40 pages in and was like nope I can’t. This is boring and it is putting me to sleep.


I gave up on this one at around 28 pages. I couldn’t figure out the point of the book or what the author was trying to say. The long running sentences that never ended just made this exhausting to read. The story just felt like complete nonsense and it frustrated me.

That’s it for today’s list. Let’s chat down below in the comments. Do you DNF books? What books have you DNF’d recently? Do you think I should give any of these a second chance?

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!


4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books I DNF’d”

  1. I must admit, I hadn’t even heard of Holly Black until The Cruel Prince was coming out, and I loved it so much I went and bought some of her back catalogue on recommendations. I got Tithe first, and read it over a weekend (and then instantly ordered the remaining two in the series). If you can read it acknowledging it is an author’s first published work, then I say give it another go. But if you didn’t like Cruel Prince, then probably don’t – I could see a lot of parallels between the two, plus the start of some ideas that were more fully explored in the later piece. I do like how thorough she is with fae lore, but it is a slow (and moderately confusing) start.

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