Ten Books I Considered DNF’ing – Top Ten Tuesday #17

Happy Tuesday Nerds,

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First Tuesday of the month and I love our topic. But before that… This meme is hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish)But in all my reading life, I’ve DNF’ed only two books and they’re not even worth mentioning. (Awww, it pains me to say that but it’s true). So anyway, I twisted the topic and turned it to books I considered DNF’ing but yeah I didn’t. Some I’m glad I didn’t drop but the others, I just need to read them because they’re pretty hyped books and that I’m really curious if something amazing will happen before they end. 🙂 🙂 🙂

SPOILERS AHEAD (sorry had to mention some of them 😦 )


♠♠♠ TEN BOOKS I CONSIDERED DNF’ing ♠♠♠

1. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

24485589I’m in minority I know. I love Beauty and the Beast and I try to read  every retelling out there and well, try liking them too. Sadly, I ended up rating Hunted 3 stars and in my standards that means mediocre. It isn’t really that bad, I love the characters. BUT IT WAS TOO SLOW. Like every part of the story drags. It was such a chore to read. I was constantly egging the story to pick up and get in to action. I still finished it though, coz aside from its pacing everything else is okay. Not great but good enough.

2. The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

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I love Poetry but this one just didn’t agree with me. Sure I love and agree with the message its trying to convey but the style wasn’t for me. Plus, instead of encouraging and uplifting, I felt like the only feeling it possesses was rage and I don’t like that. I don’t mind reading poems filled with emotion and I’m into feminism but this one is simply, I can’t really explain it. anyway, this one I received as an ARC so I had to finish it.

3. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

23197837I found myself skipping through pages with The Belles. Again, I’m in a minority. Sure the world was amazing, the story was intriguing, the concept was simply amazing but the writing. Sure it was  aesthetic but it’s TOO aesthetic because it’s all description. I know that the readers should be introduced to the fictional world but don’t overdo it. Instead let’s get to the action more. With too many descriptions about every little thing in the surrounding, the focus swifts away from the main purpose of the scene and that sucks, it makes the whole story slow.

4. Matched Series by Ally Condie

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Look at the cover. The whole trilogy’s covers are simply gorgeous. That’s why I bought the whole series, but the story was terrible. I mean I was almost fascinated by the dystopian setting, if my memory serves me right, this book is where there’s a hundred poems, hundred pieces of everything that’s only left from the past, the past being our current world. It was good, right? but the pacing. Nothing amazing was happening. There was even this part, maybe in the 2nd book, where they just walked and walked for at least half the book, with too few actions. Ugh! It was so painful to read.

5. Look The Part by Jewel E. Ann

38225106This one I thought I’d really enjoy. Kinda angsty but sweet Romance but no. This book is filled with all cliche plot points possible. A widower who blames himself for his wife’s death, a child with issues, a divorcee whose ex was an amputee (it’s not enough that the hero is a widower, the heroine should be a divorcee too) and a music therapist that was overly cheery and somehow always horny. Seriously, I love steamy scenes, specially slow-burn attraction that will just explode eventually but I lost count on how many times SHE mentioned (thought or spoken) the word orgasm. I just found it too much. The sexual tension was already there and it was amazing and enjoyable, no need to overdo it.

6. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

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I read this one after watching Beastly, a film adaptation of a book written by Alex Flinn too. Beastly was okay and I was expecting A kiss in Time, a sleeping beauty retelling, would be an okay-read too. See, my expectation wasn’t even high but alas! this one got two stars from me. Wait? was that 1.5?

 

7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

10194157Aaaah!!! I’m crying. Leigh Bardugo wrote SoC which has become one of my all-time favorite series but Shadow and Bone wasn’t just as good. To be honest, I don’t hate this book, I just found Alina so dull, I almost DNF this. But I couldn’t  because I was already planning to read SoC that time and this one should come first as it introduces the whole GrishaVerse. But overall I love the trilogy, I mean, I met Nikolai in Book 2. Duh!!! Thank God, I didn’t DNF this one.
OMG!!! I’m so excited to reread SoC this month.

8. The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer

36365200God, the cover was gorgeous! I love Nancy Springer’s writing style, she uses an archaic language but the content was so boring. Not to mention a little icky. yeah the twist in the ending explained it all but that doesn’t change how I felt reading it. I was expecting a fantastic loyal relationship between brothers, it was there but the MCs are just too lame and boring.

Nuff said!!!

9. Everless by Sara Holland

32320661I almost DNF this book all because of the heroine, Jules. She’s just dumb. Hahaha… sorry about the word. Okay maybe ignorant is the right word. Seriously, her action were eye-roll inducing. Now, I’m laughing with the absurdity of it. I don’t just get Jules. She can’t realize a thing without other people helping her. And you see she’s claiming that she’s in love with a guy she last seen eight years ago and they were only eight years old that time. She’s even thinking he still feel the same. God that was embarrassing to read. But this doesn’t mean I won’t read Book 2, coz I will. That ending was very intriguing.

10. A Knight in shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

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This one I almost DNF as early as Chapter one. The heroine seemed foolish too but then the story picks up. Her knight in shining armor arrived and I found myself enjoying it. But the ending was controversial. I read this one two years ago but I remember not complaining about the ending. Maybe I’ll reread it.

 


Hope you guys enjoyed my list today. Have you read any of these books and do we share the same sentiments about them? Let’s chat.

And drop your own links below, I wanna see what you guys DNFed. And I won’t even mind spoilers as long as it will save me from wasting my time. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Happy reaidng

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31 thoughts on “Ten Books I Considered DNF’ing – Top Ten Tuesday #17

  1. Norrie says:

    I have two of these books, Matched and Everless. Haven’t read them yet, but Everless is one of those books that keeps popping up more and more often as a DNF book for a lot of people whose blog i’m following. I’m not usually a fantasy reader to begin with, so this is worrying 😀

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    • lilisblissfulpages says:

      OMG, I’m sorry if I somehow spoiled the stories for you. But if you want my opinion, I’d say, you can try reading Everless, it has its own good parts. I actually love the main concept/plot, and excited to read book 2. Jules, the MC, just annoy me sometimes but that’s just my peeves. 🙂 🙂
      But I don’t recommend Matched, really, if you have other series on you TBR and I’m sure you have, read them instead. hehe… Matched is just so flat… so boring. It’s boringness is toi much I couldn’t remember the good parts. 🙂 🙂 And this is the only book/s all my friends agreed on giving low ratings.
      Anyway, Happy reading…

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  2. Jordanne says:

    I’m with you on the Belles and sort of on Matched too, I read it during the dystopia hype when I was young and naive and thought it was okay but I wouldn’t go back. If you like Beauty and the Beast retellings, I just read an ARC called the Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross and really liked it, it’s based on the original fairy tale from the Beast’s PoV.

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    • lilisblissfulpages says:

      Yeah there was a time that Dystopian novels are so hyped. I think that was the time I read Hunger Games and Divergent which both are more than Okay books. 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for the recommendation, I’ll check it out. Hope there still an ARC. 🙂 🙂

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    • lilisblissfulpages says:

      Hehe… Alina, the MC, was just so dull..making the story boring but it progresses real good . i think for me. 🙂 🙂 Plus I needed to read so I can read Six of crows which became one of all-time fave series.

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    • lilisblissfulpages says:

      Sadly, yes, I don’t really totally badmouth a book, like I always say it’s just my opinion and others might like it more than I did but with The Matched, it’s just so exhausting to read. There are other great dystopian novels out there anyway. 🙂 🙂 Thankfully they look good in my shelf.
      And thank you..

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  3. Stefanie says:

    Keepin’ it real, girl. I have 24 books I DNF’d since 2012. Some were b/c I was bored like The Goldfinch, Notes from a Small Island, and Sarum: The Novel of England. Strange, the Dreamer was too weird for me and I didn’t connect to its world. Uprooted was a fairy tale that made me think of Rasputin in Anastasia and I didn’t like how girls were treated. Danielle Steel’s Dangerous Games was not a romance-suspense-thriller at all. Really fell flat in that the thriller department. The Last Magician, I didn’t like the flipping back and forth through time. Beautiful Bastard was cliche with the 20 year old intern and the gorgeous, hot boss. The Eyre Affair was dry, like military stiffness. And My Brilliant Friend, a much lauded book, got on my nerves with the brilliant friend who was weird and her friend, the narrator, who didn’t have a backbone or personality.

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    • lilisblissfulpages says:

      I have The Goldfinch in my TBR and I have a hunch it will be boring so until now I haven’t read it yet… I’m planning to read Starnge the Dreamer when Book 2 comes out.. hehe.. And I agree with beautiful Bastard but I still rad it and liked it.. That time I was so into contemporary Romance. hehe..

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    • lilisblissfulpages says:

      lol… we’re opposite, I can’t put down a book, I only put them down when I’m done with the story that’s why i always finish a book in one sitting. Like I don’t have the patient to wait for another day to know what happen to the story, Doesn’t matter if the story isn’t good.. hehe.. But i’ll try DNFing now. My time is precious. 🙂 🙂

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  4. liveforbroadway says:

    It’s always so interesting hearing what people think of the so called popular books and why they didn’t entirely work for them. While a lot of these books I genuinely enjoyed, I can definitely see why they weren’t your cup of tea and I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy them! Great post.

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  5. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    It’s almost funny your post has the second mixed opinion I’ve seen today for The Belles, it’s almost enough to make me consider taking it off my TBR list . 🙂 Also it’s a shame Shadow and Bone ended up on this list too but at least you stuck with the series and Six of Crows, which is amazing right?!
    Great picks for this week, and great post as well. 🙂 ❤️

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  6. chhaviandbooks says:

    Hey, Lili!! Absolutely breathtaking review. How have you been? Long time since we spoke. You never cease to surprise me with posts, girl. Let’s stay in touch? You are one of the only people I know on WordPress. Love, C. 🙂

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