Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Should Have DNF’d

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

I did want to follow the original theme for this week “Books I DNF’d Too Quickly” or at the very least I wanted to talk about books I have DNF’d. However, I just haven’t DNF’d that many books! So I decided to do this one, in which I will talk about books I probably REALLY should have DNF’d instead of suffering through.

These are in no particular order and I will link up my full review if I have one.

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10.) The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak

This is probably one of the worst books I’ve read in a while and one that I kind of REALLY wish I had DNF’d instead of wasting my time with it. Everything was messy and downright weird, reading through this book felt like I was walking through a very cluttered room.

9.) Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Yep, that’s right. I didn’t like “Sky in the Deep” like everyone else seemed to. The beginning started out alright but everything else just got so bogged down and boring, I was so bored while reading this one. I pushed through though just in case the action picked up again or the story got interesting annnnnnd it really didn’t.

8.) The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg

Right when I think I can give historical fiction a try again, yikes. I liked that this had some supernatural elements to it since some people had abilities and powers but overall it was super tedious and I felt like nothing was happening.

7.) Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

I really want to like YA alien invasion books but I don’t seem to have good luck with them, this one was so…odd. The pacing was slow, the plot was predictable, the main character was very unlikable, and there was a cringey romance. Nothing of real significance happened with the story the entire time too, it just felt like a waste of my time reading it.

6.) The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood

What was this book? I certainly have no clue and I read it! The story was very messy and a bit ridiculous at times, there was a completely unnecessarily complicated romantic sub plot, and the dialogue was very cringe inducing. This was supposed to be a YA horror book but it felt far from it.

5.) No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear

The story wasn’t too bad in this one and the writing was decent, it’s a re-imagining of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”, which of course sounds really interesting! However, I was pretty bored while reading and the main character is constantly making really irritating choices.

4.) There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

This is a book I really should have known better than to try, I just knew I was going to hate it. Way, way too much romance and not enough horror for me! Also I thought everything that should have shocked me, didn’t. And isn’t the point of reading a horror/suspense/thriller to be thrilled or shocked?

3.) The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

I thought this was going to be a really great mystery/thriller regardless of the pretty heavy subject matter (sexual abuse and molestation). However, the twists were predictable and while I KNEW this book was going to focus on sex and sexual abuse I didn’t think it would be the sole focus. Seriously the actual mystery took a back seat to all of the sex, which I wasn’t expecting.

2.) This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Another mystery/thriller that I was expecting to be dark, creepy, and twisted BUT it was very predictable and actually kind of boring especially in the second half. However, my biggest problem with this book (and why I SHOULD have DNF’d it) was the graphic description of injuries, medical procedures, and health issues. I have anxiety and it really comes out when I am confronted with medical issues or just things in general, it makes me nervous. So of course all of the description was giving me anxiety while reading and I really should have just quit instead of forcing my way through the book.

1.) Traveler by L.E. DeLano

I really, really wanted to enjoy this one more since there’s alternate reality traveling and a dashing pirate as well but the overall story was very directionless and got confusing. There also wasn’t a lot of action and there were soooooo many tropes!

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

What are some books you have DNF’d?

What are some books you WISH you would have DNF’d?

Let me know in the comments!

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

  1. Leah June 5, 2018 / 7:36 am

    That’s a lot of DNF’s! The covers look so pretty haha they had so much potential! That’s too bad

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  2. Nerd Narration June 5, 2018 / 8:38 am

    I totally feel you on the graphic descriptions in This Darkness Mine. I read that book last year and I can VIVIDLY remember certain scenes so I can’t even imagine if that was triggering for me! There are a few on your list that I’ve seen several people speak poorly of recently so I’m glad to be trimming my TBR list!!

    I did a different topic this week because, like you, I don’t normally DNF. I did my OG TBR list if you want to check it out:

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 28, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      At least I wasn’t the only one that noticed that with This Darkness Mine! It was one hard book for me to finish, and trimming the TBR can definitely be a good thing sometimes! πŸ™‚

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  3. MetalPhantasmReads June 5, 2018 / 9:53 am

    I’m a bit worried about Sky in the Deep since some people haven’t been enjoying it but we’ll see. I am halfway through The Tombs and I am liking it so far, but it is losing a little bit of steam. Awesome list πŸ™‚

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 28, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      Yeah I think Sky in the Deep is either hit or miss with everyone, people seem to love it or hate it! I think it’s a book that’s worth a shot anyways, and I thought the beginning of The Tombs was alright but the second half just kind of ruined it for me. Hopefully you had better luck! πŸ™‚

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  4. liveforbroadway June 6, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Oooh, yikes. I can definitely see why you almost wish you hadn’t finished some of these. They sound like they were a bit of a struggle to get into. I really like the variation that many are doing with this week’s theme, re: books they either DNF or wish they DNF, it’s always so interesting to see that perspective either way. I agree with you on some of these. Great list!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 28, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you! I had a feeling there would be a lot of variations since a lot of people don’t DNF, which is fine, so then you have to think outside the box a little with the theme haha! πŸ™‚


  5. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews June 7, 2018 / 4:14 am

    Ahh love this take on the topic! I struggle to DNF books so this is something I can relate to. I totally agree with The Roanoke Girls and There’s Someone Inside Your House. I was so hyped for TSIYH because I’d been waiting forever and the summary made me feel like it was written for me but nope β€” way too much romance πŸ˜‚

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 28, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks Lauren, I know I definitely don’t DNF that much so I couldn’t do a full list! I loved your reviews for both of those books and it’s always kind of nice to know I wasn’t alone in not liking a book! I was super disappointed with TSIYH since like you said it sounded awesome, I mean a Scream retelling? Yes please! But yeah the execution was way off, waaaay too much romance I agree! πŸ™‚

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  6. Michelle June 12, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Definitely have to agree with There’s Someone Inside Your House, the amount of times I rolled my eyes during that book should’ve been illegal πŸ™„ It was so hyped and so overrated! I haven’t read anything else on your list yet, The Roanoke Girls looked slightly intriguing, but now I know to stay away.
    Great post, Heather ❀️

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