Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Decided to DNF

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 of 2018!

So, I’ve been “seriously reviewing” books for the last two years. And in that time, I’ve only DNFed seven books! Yeah, I know, I’m just not the biggest DNFer. I attribute it mostly because I feel like I know myself and my likes well enough that I normally don’t read a lot of one star books. But I also must give credit to my crippling inability to quit anything.

Also, one of those seven I actually DNFed two days ago, so I feel like a higher power knew that this was going to be this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic or something. But here are the seven things I’ve DNFed in my reviewing life. And a few might be controversial, so please don’t hate me. Also, I have linked all the titles to my Goodreads mini reviews, which briefly state why I DNFed each of these books!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

DNF @ 15%

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard

DNF @ 50%

Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch

DNF @ 5%

Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

DNF @ 50%

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

DNF @ 56%

Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

DNF @ 8%

Folsom (End of Men #1) by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

DNF @ 50%

And those are it! I hope you all enjoyed, even though this week’s topic is a bit on the negative side. But I love you all, and I’m forever grateful for each and every single one of you! Happy reading, with hopefully no DNFing!

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57 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Decided to DNF

    1. It was the one I didn’t want to admit to on this list, Amanda! Hahaha! Just because it is so many of my friends’ favorite of all time! I really need to give it another try, honestly. And I hope whatever you’re reading now is five star worthy! 💗xx

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  1. honestly DNFing the night circus was probably a good call. it’s my second-favorite setting in all of history, but everything else about it is meh to BAD. such a fun post as usual!! ❤ ❤

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    1. This is the validation you always give me, beautiful! Like… it’s the one I didn’t want to put on here, just because I know it is so many people’s favorite of all time. But girl – that shit was impossible for me to read. But I hope whatever you’re reading now is five star worthy, Emma love! 💗xx

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  2. I’ve had The Night Circus almost since it was released, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I downloaded an excerpt of Truthwitch, the first in the series, but just couldn’t get into it and DNF’d it.

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    1. The Night Circus is the one I didn’t want to admit to on this list, just because I know so many people who love it and say it is their favorite book of all time! So, don’t listen to me on that one. Hahaha! But I hope whatever you’re reading now is five star worthy! 💗xx

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    1. It was just so jarring with the switching of storylines. I couldn’t believe it. It truly felt bad to read! But it feels good not to be alone. And I hope whatever you’re reading now is five star worthy! 💗xx

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    1. This makes me feel so much better! Honestly, that was the book that I was most scared to say I DNFed, just because I know it is beloved by so many! But I hope whatever you’re reading now is five star worthy! 💗xx

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      1. No worries! Honestly, I think whether you like The Night Circus depends what kind of reader you are, some love that kind of heavy description, me not so much. Sadly, what I’m reading at the moment probably won’t get five stars, which is a shame because I was really looking forward to reading it!

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  3. I DNF-ed Truthwitch probably only about 10% into it, I just could not visualize what I was reading, which is really rare for me. I’d hoped to give it another chance one day but I just looked at your Goodreads review and have realized I would be annoyed by everything you described. Thanks!

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    1. I totally understand what you mean, Lori! Like, I did enjoy the first book, but the second book was such a terrible way to start off last year! I just couldn’t. But I’m happy I may have helped you cull a not amazing book for you off of your shelves! And I hope whatever you’re reading now is five star worthy! 💗xx

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    1. Awh, Vera, this comment honestly eased my anxiety and made me feel so much better! I always hate to me negative about books, especially ones my friends might have loved. So thank you for this comment and happy reading, love! 💗xx

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  4. I admit that the Night Circus is an all time favorite of mine. But I can also see how it would be a.complete hit or miss with most readers! A few of these you DNF’d sequels in series I have yet to start haha 😂 that makes me nervous. And not sure if I should say it here, but surprised you made it to the 50% with Zenith. After all I have read about it, I won’t even attempt it. Fun list 🖤

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    1. Night Circus was honestly the one I didn’t want to put on this list, because so many of my best friends love this book so much! I always say I’m going to pick it back up, and I truly need to! But I hope you’re enjoying your audiobook still, and I’m wishing you the happiest of reading always! 💗xx

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    1. Love, I’m reading her new book, These Rebel Waves, right now… and hating it! I think it’s just me and that author, now! Hahaha! But I hope whatever you’re reading right now is five star worthy! 💘xx

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    1. Awh, thank you for this feedback, Lisa! I’m just always so drawn to it, because it’s so many of my friend’s favorite of all time! But I hope whatever you’re reading now is five star worthy! 💘xx

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  5. Sorry you didn’t like these! I haven’t read any of them but I do a few of the first books on my shelves to read. I hope I enjoy them. I find it so hard to DNF books because I feel bad for the author for not finishing it. However, at the same time, I don’t want to have to force myself to read something that I’m enjoying. Great post, Mel! (:

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

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    1. Yeah, DNFing ARCs is the worst feeling in the book world, I swear! But thank you so much, Amber! You are too kind, love! And I hope whatever you’re reading now is five star worthy! 💘xx

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  6. The Night Circus? really?????? whyyyyyyy???!! ok, just kidding LOL I love that book but I know it’s not for everyone and for the rest yes, Windwitch there was stuff happening but idk it was nothing like Truthwitch I do loved Aeduan so I will keep reading because of him lol

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  7. Uh, I read a book by Jennifer Armentrout once.. Half-Blood I think…? Anyways, I did finish it, but skipped a couple of pages here and there because I hated it. Looking back, I should have given up much earlier!

    I don’t plan to pick up any of the books you mentioned and that’s probably the right decision 😀

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    1. Hahah, thank you for this comment, love! And I really wanted to love my first JLA book… but, it was just NOT for me, haha! But I hope whatever you’re reading now is five star worthy! 💗xx

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  8. omg I came SO CLOSE to DNFing Windwitch. It was so hard for me to get through–I felt like it had no plot (at least not one with any kind of structure) and I honestly remember nothing about it. I really only kept going because Iseult and Aduan’s characters really intrigue me.

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    1. This is me! Like… I kind of want to just… never touch it again and pick up book three and see how I feel? Hahaha! Is that terrible? But thank you, love. I needed this validation in my life! I hope you’re having happy reading! 💗xx

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  9. Omg girl, I DNF like 7 books a WEEK. That’s an exaggeration, but ever since I started letting myself DNF, I haven’t been afraid to do so. On the plus side, it means I’m mostly only reading books I like. I will say that I do relate to your thoughts on The Night Circus. I’ve heard such amazing things, but I read it a year or two back and it was a slog to get through for me. I could appreciate the writing itself, but I just didn’t get invested at all.

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    1. You are goals though, babe. I wish I could learn to be more okay with it. Like, every time I forced myself to finish? It is a three star max, most the time two. Like… life is too short for even waiting time on three star reads, honestly! ❤ xx

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