Books I Have DNF’d – Top Ten Tuesday

Until last year I very very rarely DNF a book, I would always power though hoping that somehow it would get better. However, since becoming a blogger, and creating a TBR for myself that is ridiculously large, I have started to realise that if I don’t like a book it’s ok to give up on it. Sometimes I feel like i’m not in the mood for that specific genre/read at the time and will come back to it, but other times I find the book is just not for me, and would rather spend my time reading something I will enjoy. I struggled to find 10, mainly because I used to finish the book whether I was enjoying it or not, but the below 6 are books that I simply could not get into, which is annoying because some of them were highly anticipated reads for me. Do you typically DNF books? If so is there a specific % you let it get to, or do you just decide if you’re not feeling it? Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday is run by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl and you should definitely go give her blog some love.

The Sisters Grimm

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and I just found it so disappointing! And it might just be me because the general consensus I have seen on twitter is that people like it, but it wasn’t for me. I found the characters unlikable and couldn’t get my head around the magic system.

Beyond the Shadowed Earth

I actually DNF this at 70% desperately willing for it to get better. My first book by the author, it hasn’t put me off her other books but will definitely make me go in with lower expectations. The plot seemed really jumpy and the main character was such a brat!

The Path Keeper

Another book I have seen quite a bit of love for, and as much as I love a nice easy and mostly predictable read this was too predictable. I think between the authors writing style and my general indifference to the characters I didn’t make it very far through this one.

Weave the Lightning

I think I might come back to this one, only because I have seen people saying if you stick with it the magic system becomes easier to understand, and that was my biggest problem. The general plot was intriguing, but the magic played a huge part and I could not get my head round it.

The Last Mrs Parrish

A friend recommended this to me, which is when we realised that we don’t quite like the same books. This was like a trashy thriller, where they tried to justify the main character being raped and abused because she cheated with her friends husband. I had read about 20% of the book, rang my friend asking if I could guess the end of the book and I nailed it.


You know they say the book is better than the film, this is the exception to the rule. The suspense of the film didn’t really translate to the book, and the sheriffs wife had an affair with the marine biologist guy which threw me for a loop. If you are a fan of the film, might be worth giving this a miss.

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  1. I didn’t even know Jaws was a book…. -_- Funny about Beyond the Shadowed earth– the MC is the villain from Beneath the Haunting Sea and she was a BITCH. I interviewed her and asked her about redeeming her… lol because CHALLENGE lol.

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  2. It might be because I had access to the book before watching the film, that I loved “Jaws’-always find it interesting when people share books they DNF’d and why. Like especially when people love a book and you don’t connect with it 😃

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  3. I’m sorry you didn’t like Beyond the Shadowed Earth! I liked that one but much prefer her other book Beneath the Haunting Sea.

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