Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provides a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. This week’s topic is actually Books We Decided to DNF too Quickly, one that neither of us could really answer because neither of us are prone to DNFing. Instead, we twisted it slightly to books that we wished we had DNFed.
1. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Emily and I had to read this last year for our bookclub, and from the very first page I was struggling. I was just so incredibly bored with this book, to the point that I didn’t even finish it in time for our bookclub’s meeting. I ended up forcing myself to finish it, and now I just don’t understand why I didn’t allow myself to DNF it because I only remember how much I disliked this book and nothing else.
2. Starry Night by Isabel Gillies
It’s been a few years since I read this book, but I hated it with a burning passion. There were so many things I disliked about it, and I wish that I had just stopped reading and never finished it because the more I read the more I hated it.
3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer is one of my favourite YA authors – I love her writing so much. But unfortunately Heartless just did not click with me. I actually almost DNFed this book – in that I put it down for five months before returning to it and then really had to push myself to finish. I just found this boring, and the characters incredibly bland. It saddens me to include this on this list, but it’s my true feelings about this book.
4. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Like Marissa Meyer, Alexandra Bracken is another author I admire a lot. But it was very evident from only 50 pages into Passenger that it was going to be one I would struggle with. I actually was buddy reading this with my best friend, and the only way we managed to make it through this was by constantly calling to laugh and discuss the plot holes that we felt were so obvious. Not only did I finish this book, but I also managed to make it through the sequel and both are books I wish I had just DNFed.
5. The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford
This is a #LoveOzYA title that released earlier this year with a little bit of controversy. I won’t get into that here, but it did make me curious to read this. This book was just not for me. The writing was quite cheesy, filled with incredibly weird similes and metaphors, and just overdramatic and downright ridiculous. If it wasn’t for sending commentary to my friend about this book and all its stupid sentences, I probably would have DNFed it.
1. The Book Ninja – Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus
This book had all the ingredients I want in an easy-to-read romcom. And yet it was SO BAD. The authors were total book snobs, and they were obviously supposed to overcome their derision for YA by the end but the damage was done. The romance was shit, the characters were just terrible people, and I didn’t even want anyone to have a happy ending. BAD BOOK, TERRIBLE ROMANCE.
2. The Wonderling – Mira Bartok
The illustrations were STUNNING but I kind of wish that I’d just flicked through the book for the pictures. The story itself was very ‘Oliver Twist’, a book which has never been a favourite of mine, with a lot of musical stuff mixed in (I’m not a big music person either). It was overall a disappointment. I also found it unnecessarily long and heavy for a middle-grade book.
3. The Light that Gets Lost – Natasha Carthew
This book was SO BAD that I have blocked it out of my mind. The writing style was appalling, as was the content, and if I hadn’t been trawling through my Goodreads for ideas for this topic, I would never have thought about it ever again. There are lots of DNFs in the Goodreads reviews, so many people were thinking along the same lines as me!
4. The Hot Guy – Mel Campbell
Welllllll, I had many many issues with this one. It thought it was satirising romance but just came across as absolutely ridiculous. I wish I hadn’t decided to even pick it up. THIS TOOK ME SO LONG!
5. A Shadow Bright and Burning – Jessica Cluess
Completely agree with Tanaya on this one. Weirdly, some people in our book club apparently liked it? I cannot remember one positive thing. All the characters were weak and annoying nincompoops and then some weird, creepy shit went down.
Which books do you wish you hadn’t finished?