Top Ten Tuesday: Books I should have DNF’d

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I should have DNF’d

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m actually rebelling when it comes to this week’s topic, because I NEVER DNF books. Even if it’s 800 pages long and I’m absolutely hating it, I’ll force myself to plod through until the end just in case things improve. (Spoiler alert: they never do).

These ten books are ones that I really should have called it quits on, because I wasted precious days of my life on them and they were completely dreadful.

10) Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton

The beginning of Sunflowers In February is gripping, and I flew through the first few chapters in record time. Then things get… Weird. So unbearably weird that I kept dipping in and out and wishing that the book could read itself, just so I didn’t have to bother.

9) The Burning World by Isaac Marion

The Burning World by Isaac Marion

I knew I wasn’t going to like The Burning World as soon as I saw how long it was. The New Hunger and Warm Bodies together are less than half the length of this chunky tome. The worst part is that nothing really happens in the book, either. It’s all build up for the fourth (and allegedly final) book in the Warm Bodies series… A book that has since been dropped by Isaac Marion’s publisher, and might never see the light of day. Great.

8) Moonlands by Steven Savile

Moonlands by Steven Savile

Moonlands reads like a debut novel, but Steven Savile is a very seasoned author. There are specific words repeated and repeated and repeated throughout, and although it’s less than 300 pages it feels like a sprawling, 1000 page fantasy novel because it drags.

7) Only We Know by Simon Packham

Only We Know by Simon Packham

This book uses a character being transgender as a twist, which is one of the most trashy things I think an author can do. It’s not handled with sensitivity, and it’s so obviously just used as a selling point. As soon as I realised that the book was going in that direction I should have abandoned it, but I held out hope that the end would redeem it. It didn’t.

6) Riverkeep by Martin Stewart

Martin Stewart’s debut novel is one of the most frustrating novels I’ve ever read. The premise is brilliant, but the story just doesn’t live up to the idea. Also, who the hell calls their child Wulliam? I would have been far less aggravated with this novel if his name had just been Will.

5) The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

The second of Martin Stewart’s novels, I couldn’t resist featuring both The Sacrifice Box and Riverkeep on this list. The Sacrifice Box includes animal mutilation – a big no no from me – but as well as that the main character is called September. Again, if his name had been Steven I would have found it far less annoying. Why can’t any of Martin Stewart’s characters have regular names?!

4) Fault Line by Christa Desir

Fault Line by C. Desir

Fault Line is a brutal book which I still feel uncomfortable thinking about. It tells the story of a girl who gets sexually assaulted, and whose boyfriend is sooooo supportive that he puts undue pressure on her and makes everything 10,000 times worse. It uses shock value in a way that absolutely disgusts me – something which I’m not going to talk about here, but which I went into in my review.

3) Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block

A very short book, but one of the worst vampire stories I’ve ever read. I keep wondering whether I would have liked this if I’d read it at the height of the vampire craze, but I’m going to go with no.

2) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I have The Fault in Our Stars to thank for beginning my blogging adventure, as I was ranting and rambling to a friend about it and she told me that I should find an outlet for my raging. Since then I’ve spent many many more hours bitching and complaining about it – far more hours than I wish I’d wasted on it – so if I hadn’t read it in the first place it might have meant that I hadn’t started blogging, but it also would make me about a year younger.

1) Canary by Rachele Alpine

Canary by Rachele Alpine

Canary‘s plot hinges on a girl getting assaulted at a party. However, the assault happens 350 pages in. Why would you revolve your entire novel on an event which happens so late in the game? It means that the reader knows exactly what is going to happen and is filled with frustration while so many non-events occur one after the other throughout the first three quarters of the book.


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That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Are you someone who can DNF, or do you force yourself to finish like me?