Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Almost DNF’D

Happy Tuesday!

I think I’ve only DNF’d one book before and that was The Boneless Mercies. I always try my hardest not to DNF a book because I want to see each book through to the end.  I know that it’s probably not the best thing to do but I hate feeling like I’ve wasted my time with a book, and the ending can always change everything.

I don’t have a list of 5 books this week because there haven’t been many that I’ve wanted to DNF before. I’m sure there is ones where I’ve really wanted to put them down, but I don’t think the majority of the time I was glad I finished them which made it so difficult to come up with this list.

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm and each week there’s a different bookish topic to discuss. If you’re interested in participating, or checking out Shanah’s blog, click here!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


I actually did put this book down for a long time when I first started reading it. But not because I didn’t enjoy it! I initially started reading it when I had a lot of work to do for University, and I underestimated just how little time I had. I wasn’t able to invest my time properly in this book, and I knew if I forced myself to read this book, it wouldn’t have been one I enjoyed. I picked it up again a couple of months later, and flew through the book, and I’m so glad I did because it’s an incredible book.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


I pretty much contemplate DNF’ing all of Maas’s books. That sounds so bad but I do enjoy the books, especially the ACOTAR series! It’s just that I have to devote a lot of time to reading them because they take me ages to get through. The one I wanted to put down completely was Empire of Storms, it’s my least favourite book in the Throne of Glass series, and I had to force myself to finish it. I’m still determined to finish the series though! I need to read Tower of Dawn before I start Kingdom of Ash, but I’ll be waiting until the Christmas holidays to pick them up when I have a lot of spare time.

What are some books that you’re glad you didn’t DNF?

20 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Almost DNF’D

  1. I know exactly what you mean about SJM’s books. I do love them, but they are a huge time commitment. I DNF’d Tower of Dawn last month because it was taking me so long to read and I just wanted to get to my spooky October TBR instead, but I think I will try and pick it up again this month so I can get to Kingdom of Ash.

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  2. Speaking of Mrs Maas – Tower of Dawn took me MONTHS to finally get past the first 50 pages. I don’t even know how I forgot about that! I think it’ because her books are so complex and with so many characters. I just started Kingdom of Ash yesterday and it took me forever to get back into the swing of it!

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    1. I haven’t even attempted to read Tower of Dawn yet haha. I thought it was a huge book and that’s why I was putting it to one side.. then I saw Kingdom of Ash and that’s even bigger!

      I hope you enjoy Kingdom of Ash – I’ve seen so many amazing reviews for it!

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      1. That’s good to hear! I was a little worried about Tower of Dawn because I know that so many people don’t like Chaol. I’m hoping to get to it over the Christmas period when I have some time off!

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    1. Oh no, that’s such a shame! ACOTAR is by far my favourite out of Maas’s work so far, and I always end up recommending that series over Throne of Glass. I’d definitely avoid the other books if you didn’t like ACOTAR!

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  3. I don’t usually DNF books either and can probably count the ones I did DNF in one hand. However, I am contemplating DNFing a lot more books in the future because time is precious, too precious to read bad books xD

    I also want to give them a chance so they can prove me wrong in the end, but I think I’m over it xD (I just leave them in a very ambiguous “on hold” list now)

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    1. I completely agree! It’s always such a difficult decision DNFing books.

      I think one of my goals for next year is to not force myself to finish a book if I’m not loving it. I just want to read them all haha!


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