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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Should Have DNF’d

HI guys, I’m back doing things like Top Ten Tuesday, and thought this week as the time to start. I have actually turned this week’s topic round (Books you DNF’d too quickly) because I just don’t really DNF books. Once I have read a bit of a book, I give it a pretty good go to finish it no matter my level of enjoyment, so there are very few books I have actually failed to finish or purposely chosen to stop reading.

For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Then you simply get listing!

1. American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

I kept going and I persevered and this book was hard work. I listened to the audiobook and have to say that it was the worst thing I’ve listened to in, well, ever actually. I think I only actually kept going because I kept thinking ‘it can’t get worse, surely it can’t get worse’ and then it did. I mean I can say I’ve read it, right? It made for a fairly scathing review.

2. Crash J G Ballard

I only read this because my friend and housemate Emma was reading this for a University course. It wasn’t as bad as American Psycho, but it wasn’t particularly great. I didn’t get it and there is never going to be something enjoyable in reading something about the sexualisation of cars and car crashes. Not for me, no sir.

3. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

You’re probably going to hate that this is on here and maybe even wonder why. I didn’t hate this, I just didn’t get it or enjoy it. It’s so hyped but I really struggled, only finished it because I felt like I couldn’t say I hadn’t rather than any better reason. I haven’t read any Austen since and I’m probably not going to for a while.

4. The Intruder P S Hogan

I received an ARC of this because the premise sounded great and I really thought I would enjoy it. It started well, but by the end was just rubbish. I wish now I had DNF’d it and put that in my review but I didn’t.

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll

What is it with disliking classics and me, eh? It’s not going to stop on this list either. This was just too weird for me. I read it but I didn’t get it, it was too out there and too unusual for me to get into and I wished I hadn’t bothered beyond Adventures in Wonderland.

6. The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald

Everyone in this short awful novel is despicable and vile and none of them have a single redeeming quality. Sometimes that can be OK and work for me, but in this case I just really didn’t like the book in anyway and once again found myself finishing it just to say I’d finished it.

7. The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont Robert Barr

I read this for a reading challenge last year because I like Sherlock Holmes so thought I would enjoy a parody. I had to finish it to complete the challenge, despite the fact it was quite boring, didn’t make me laugh, and was nothing short at a poor man’s attempt on a classic character.

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky

Out of all the books on this list, this took the longest to read – I wasted over a year on this novel. I didn’t like it, I didn’t get it, I found it needlessly gimmicky and the characters irritating, and really wish I’d just put it down and never picked it back up.

9. The Good Liar Nicholas Searle

This book just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting thriller in the sense of high octane drama and suspense but it wasn’t like that. I don’t blame the book on this occasion, I misread the promo and mis understood the description, but nonetheless I was underwhelmed by the start and kind of wish I didn’t stick around for the ending as it didn’t get better for me.

10. This Man Series Jodi Ellen Malpas

Of everything on this list this is the worse because, a) I read these books (yes plural because it’s a 4 book series) despite thinking the one before was rubbish and b) because I read them all in a ridiculously short time frame. I have no excuse, they were bad and I don’t remember them, and should have stopped as soon as I started!

I liked this. I liked switching a topic up a little to fit my reading habits. Looking at this list has definitely made me think that I should probably consider DNFing books if I’m not enjoying them. I actually have no issues with the idea in theory, I actively encourage that others do it when they don’t like a story, but for some reason don’t follow the same advice myself.

Do you DNF books? What do you wish you had DNF’d?

Are there any books you regret not finishing?

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Should Have DNF’d”

  1. I also struggle to dnf – I cant help but feel bad!!

    Classics also isnt my thing .. but one book I so wish I would had DNF is « the dinosaur’s feather ».. its just one of thoses Ididnt get it xD and passed MONTHS on that stupid book too..

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  2. I usually do not DNF, so I don’t even think I could make a list of 10 (maybe 5?). In any case, I agree about Perks. I think it’s overhyped and there are other books that address similar issues in much better ways. It does have such a great title though.

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    1. For me, Perks was a real time and place book that didn’t live up to the hype. They thought were hip and out there for listening to ‘alternative music’ that is actually just Bowie. Did my head in haha!
      I can count the books I’ve DNF’d on one hand for sure which would make a rubbish list lol

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