…if I DNf’d books.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
December 10: Freebie
For this week, I thought I’d take a look at books I’ve considered DNFing in the past, but haven’t because I generally don’t DNF books.
For some reason, I just can’t bring myself to DNF. I always end up thinking “what if this suddenly gets really good and I miss the best parts?” Plus I want the book to count towards my Goodreads goal. So I persevere.
Sometimes that perseverance doesn’t pay off. But sometimes, it does.
Once & Future
Sadly, I thought about DNFing this multiple times while reading. I found the writing style really lacking and the plot was poorly executed.
But I persevered.
And unfortunately, it was not worth it.
The Girl King
The premise for this book had so much promise, but it failed to live up to the hype for me. The plot seemed to jump from one thing to another without fluidity or logical connections, and there was one abusive scene that I just flat out didn’t like.
So I probably would have DNF’d if I hadn’t felt the need to keep going.
The Devouring Gray
You might be surprised to see this one on my list, but there was a moment when I thought about DNFing. I was reading the audiobook and not loving the narrator. But I switched to the paperback and everything changed in the second half.
I’m so glad I didn’t DNF this one because I ended up really enjoying it.
I pressed pause on this book earlier this year, but came back to it last month. And I honestly don’t know why I put it down.
It was an enjoyable historical fantasy with some great action scenes and I had fun reading it.
The Beast’s Heart
We’re about to get a little bit Slytherin up in here (I’m a Ravenclaw), but I low-key hated this book.
The author was trying too hard to make the prose overly floral, and it ended up coming across as too over the top. The Beast was so entitled and his possessiveness of Isabeau was toxic.
Plus, nothing actually happened for about 70% of the book??? So yes, I should have DNF’d this one and I wish I had.
Continuing with the Slytherin vibes, I was quite hyped for this one, but when I started reading I quickly realised that it was…not good. The writing felt like it hadn’t been edited at all (there were a lot of grammatical errors) and the plot didn’t make sense for most of the book.
I should have cut my losses and teleported out.
I thought this book was going to be a mesmerising sapphic tale, but it was so strange and uncomfortable that I didn’t enjoy it. At all.
I had a Netgalley copy, so I kept reading to make sure I could give a full, detailed review. And I wish I hadn’t to be honest. There were some awful, abusive scenes and underhand racist comments and it was just a big old NOPE from me.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Unpopular opinion perhaps, but there were times reading this when I just got a bit bored.
I’m glad I finished it, but I didn’t really love it and I think I only gave it 2.5 or 3 stars?
Everless just felt a little too much of a tried and tested YA novel. It didn’t really do anything new and wasn’t exceptionally written
Strange the Dreamer
OK, here me out on this one.
The world-building and character introductions were quite slow moving up to page 50 of Strange. And in the first few chapters, there was perhaps one second when I considered DNFing this book.
But, of course, I didn’t. And it went on to become one of my all time favourite fantasies. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.
Which books have you considered DNFing? Did you persevere or did you cut your losses?