Top Ten Tuesday: Books I DNF’d or Were Hard to Get Through


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find the prompts here.

There are some books that, no matter how good they sounded or how much others might love them, just weren’t for me. I mean no disrespect to the people that like the books I’m about the list, but there was something about them that I didn’t care for or couldn’t get through (hence a DNF).

Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge

Detention Land by Susan Orion

Perfect Ten by L. Philips

All of these were DNF books. In the case of Fly by Night, I had hoped I’d be able to finish it because I’ve loved the author’s work in the past, but this one felt like one genre book trying too hard to be another and that got annoying quickly.

Detention Land and Perfect Ten were both terribly boring due to the writing style and the characters. I didn’t feel anything for them other than a strong urge to shake them.

Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

These books I finished but they were painful. Other Breakable Things had stupid characters that made foolish choices. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was okay until about halfway through and then it felt like the action plummeted. It is one of the few instances where I have to say that the movie is better than the book. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the worst of the bunch because NOTHING HAPPENS!

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

Movie Game by Michael Ebner

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Sherman

You Were Here (DNF) was all about the imbalance between alternative points of few. Some were okay, others were bad in the tone of voice used. Each was told differently (verse, graphic novel style, etc.) and it got dreary.

Call Me, Maybe (DNF) I hated because the characters were so dense and couldn’t make a good decision to save their lives.

Movie Game (DNF) = muddled plot, poor writing, again with idiotic characters. :/

Legacy of Kings (DNF) sounded like a great book, but I started out with the audiobook and couldn’t stand it. I tried a physical copy…nope, same result. I think it was because the writing came across as stilted and there was one character’s point of view that I couldn’t stand. Dreading a good chunk of the book doesn’t speak well for an overall good experience.

What books have you not finished? What’s one thing that puts you off a book? Let me know in the comments down below.








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5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I DNF’d or Were Hard to Get Through

  1. Ah DNF’ing books is actually a good skill to have! I can’t even do it.🙈🙊 I just get so worried I’ll miss out on something?!? But like recently I read Gork, The Teenage Dragon and it was like the WORST book of my life and I hate the hours I wasted on it. Bleh. And yes, nothing happens in Me And Earl. 😂 I did like it but it was…really rambly.😂

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