Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned (this could be books you DNFed, books you decided you were no longer interested in, etc.) (submitted by Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza)
Fun fact: I have only DNFed eight books in my entire existence. So I figured I’d tell you a few that I have sort of DNFed but haven’t totally committed to shelving as such. You know how it is, sometimes letting go is hard, okay? Covers link to Goodreads, Titles link to Amazon!
Melt by Selene Castrovilla ♦ Oy look this just was not my jam.The insta love was just too much, it just didn’t make sense to me. And then she was letting some horrible actions slide literally right after they meet, and I just couldn’t. There was a lot of talk about Dunkin Donuts too. I mean, I love DD just as much as the next girl (fine, more than the next girl) but I just didn’t understand why there was so much information on donut flavors but no rhyme or reason to the romance.
Gideon Lee by Lisa Orchard ♦ (Apparently this no longer is available to purchase.) I just didn’t connect to it in any way, and I could tell it would be rocky if I kept going. I was bored, and so I called it. As you can see, ’twas only my second DNF ever, so I didn’t decide to quit easily. But alas.
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker ♦ I think this was a probably “it’s me, not the book” DNF. Because a lot of people really enjoyed this series! I personally was bored and didn’t care, but several of my friends on Goodreads seem to love it. And it’s only 99 cents right now, so who am I to say?
Roseblood by A.G. Howard ♦I mean, I tried, but not that hard, because I got bored. And I don’t even really like Phantom or know much about it (sorry) so probably try it for yourself and ignore me if you are interested?
The Grave Keepers by Elizabeth Byrne ♦ But. The premise was so good. Le sigh. I made it to 33% before calling it. And, as you well know, this is not a decision I take lightly. But I was just so bored. I could not. Plus, was there really a point in making myself finish, just to give it a bad rating? Nope, there was not. I liked that there was a big focus on family, but I just couldn’t connect to the sisters whose POVs the book alternated between. Also, they were whiny AF. I felt like nothing at all was happening, and then when I read a few reviews, it said that the ending wasn’t great. So, this became the 5th book I ever DNFed.
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye ♦ The saddest book I ever did DNF, because I loved the author’s debut series. But I just couldn’t. I didn’t care about the magic or the characters. And it felt kind of similar to the author’s first series? Different location and such, but yeah. I could also tell where the romance was headed, the whole “we’re bonded so rules say we can’t be in love” bit, and I find that incredibly frustrating to read, so that didn’t help. So I stopped, rather than hate it and being more sad.
The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields ♦ This one is also on sale! Here’s the thing: I don’t think this one was necessarily bad, I just think try as I might, I could not get into it. And I wanted to, oh how I wanted to! This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. So I am not ruling out trying again? I got to I think 31% before tagging out which is a pretty good go of it. My real issue was that I could not care about Saskia in either world. She was just not compelling to me as a main character, and as such I didn’t really care about what happened to her. And the world-building was lacking for me. I wanted to have some background on where we were, how this magic system worked, etc, and I had a lot of trouble with the plot because I didn’t understand why any of what was happening was happening. It does have quite a few high reviews, so this could be a personal thing, but I gave it several chances and it just didn’t work for me. Sadness.
Reverie by Ryan La Sala ♦ I just was kind of bored, and I didn’t really understand the whole reverie system or what the heck was going on so I gave up. Because even I have my limits, and this was it. Again, some people adored it so it isn’t a bad book or anything! Just didn’t work for me.
The Ask Again Laters
Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell ♦ I have heard that this gets better, and the meanness at the start makes sense because character growth. Honestly, I was just so turned off by how straight up evil these characters are that I couldn’t handle the wait for them to become better people. Between working with neurodiverse kids, and having my own kid have a birth defect, it was too hard. Maybe one day I will?
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff ♦ Put down the pitchforks. I get it, this book is endlessly popular, you no longer trust me, etc etc. I started this during Bookish Games- Nevernight , but I just couldn’t do it. I put it down somewhere around chapter 5, planning to maybe pick it back up. I didn’t hate it! I just didn’t enjoy it enough to be motivated? We’ll see though, maybe one day!
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young ♦ Considering I loved the crap out of Sky in the Deep, this is most disappointing to have here. I found Sky so fresh and new, and loved the characters, and here I was just underwhelmed and did not care. I really do want to give this another shot someday though, so tell me what you thought of it!
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton ♦ So, this is a recent one, and to be fair, I only read like two chapters. And it wasn’t bad! It was just that I had so many other review books, and this one was not one I requested, and since I wasn’t in love, I set it aside. But it honestly sounds so cute and who can tell in a couple chapters, right? So someone tell me if I need to pick it back up!