Popular Books I DNF’ed

We all have books that were so tediously boring that we couldn’t bear to finish them, and though some may stay strong and persevere, I can’t say this is something I’m inclined to do often. If I’m not enjoying a book I’ll simply put it down! This, as you can probably imagine, has led to a rather steep increase in the amount of novels on my DNF list, some of which are incredibly popular among others in the bookish community!

I therefore thought it would be fun to create a list of the most popular books I’ve DNF’ed! I’d be interested to know if you think there are any books on my list that I should give another chance, or whether we have any books in common!

So, without further ado, lets begin!


The Handmaid’s Tale

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This is probably the book I am most ashamed of never finishing! Try as I might (and I have tried about 5 times now) I just cannot finish this book for the life of me! There is nothing inherently bad about this book and nothing that particularly puts me off, yet every time I attempt to read it I only get about half way through before it’s put back onto my bookshelf! I may pick this book up a 6th time, but at this point it is unlikely!

 

Ready Player One

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This is definitely a case of wrong book wrong person! I tried this book twice but the whole premise just wasn’t too interesting to me! I got this as a gift and knew nothing about it prior to trying to read it, and unfortunately it just wasn’t for me in the end!

The Raven Cycle

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This is probably the most popular series I haven’t finished! It feels like everybody in the bookish community has read these books, but I can never make it through the first book! It’s not that the book is bad, it’s just that I always find something else I want to read more. I really am determined to finish this series at some point, though I’m unsure as to when I’ll get round to it!

Days of Blood and Starlight

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I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and it was relatively enjoyable, but not enjoyable enough to continue reading the whole series. I quickly became bored with this book and DNF’ed it pretty early on! I can certainly see the appeal, but unfortunately this one just wasn’t for me!

The Kiss of Deception

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This is the only book on this list that I absolutely refuse to try again. I did not enjoy it at all! The love triangle was probably the worst part about this, but the plot seeming like it was going nowhere was a close second! I was so bored while reading this I actually fell asleep, so I can’t say it was all that engaging! I did get a fair way through this one before I put it down, though 50% was as far as I was willing to persevere!


And that wraps up the most popular books I didn’t finish! I’m willing to give some of these another try upon some convincing, though I can’t guarantee that I’ll ever actually finish them!

I would love to hear which popular books you’ve DNF’ed, and whether we have any in common!

16 thoughts on “Popular Books I DNF’ed”

  1. I also had to try The Handmaid’s Tale several times to finish it. I finally read it for a book club and was really impressed, I think I needed to wait for the right time in my life.

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  2. I also can never finish The Handmaid’s Tale. I find the concept very interesting and the writing is also okay but I guess I have the same problem as you I dont find anything wrong in the book but it doesn’t pull me as well. I have tried reading it 2 times already, maybe I should also give it another go.

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  3. I also DNF’ed kiss of deception. It felt like the book was going absolutely nowhere and I didn’t care for the love triangle. If it had focused more on lia as a character and the plot and less on a love interest, it would have been great

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