Books I’ve DNF’ed

Let’s be real, life is too short to read bad books. So if I pick one up I just don’t like, I stop reading. This outlook has given me a considerably long list of books I never ended up finishing. Here are 6 of the many books I never finished!

(Also this is 100% me just complaining about the 6 books. They are extremely negative reviews, you have been warned.)

1: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

I picked this book up back in September, very excited to read it. It had a lot of hype, an intriguing mystery, and great diversity. I tore into the book as fast as possible and then… stopped. I was so confused by what was going on and bored out of my mind. The MC was the only character I liked, the romance was too fast and boring, and the information dumping was severe. Coming from someone who had no prior knowledge of anything King Author related, I was very, very confused by the entire secret society and the plot as a whole. And don’t even get me started on Nick–was he the most boring character ever created or what?!

2: Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

My DNFing this book did not come as a surprise to me, as I barley made it through Shadow and Bone. I was just unamused by this book. I didn’t like the characters or the plot. However, with the TV show out and the second season confirmed, I think I’ll pick this book back up at some point to know what is going on.

3: Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

This book had such a beautiful cover and the plot seemed soooo exciting. A quest through a magic forest? Count me in! I had less than 100 pages left when I decided to DNF it. The MC annoyed the crap out of me (We get it, you’re just a gardener’s daughter that doesn’t know anything. That was covered in the intro, you don’t have to keep repeating it every damn page.) and I found the plot lackluster. It seemed super repetitive as well and did not go in the direction I hoped it would.

4: Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

I absolutely adored the first two books in this series, so it made me terribly upset to not be able to get through the third book. I couldn’t stand the new characters or the plot. Even the mystery wasn’t terribly exciting. While I have no desire to return to this book, I do really want to read Capturing the Devil, so I might finish EFH just so CTD makes sense when I read it.

5: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

I have mixed feelings regarding this book. On one hand, the plot was very, very entertaining. But the characters absolutely ruined it. The main character was annoying and ditzy, and her love interest was somehow a bigger ding-dong than her. Every single character was flat and the dialogue was crazy unrealistic– I mean, has the author had a real conversation before? Do they know they don’t go like it was written? I was overall not a fan. I DNFed it a little over halfway through. I so wanted to know how the book ended, but I just could not take the characters anymore.

6: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book was just not for me. It was slow, boring, and confusing. The competition was not the high-stakes thing it was promised to be and the characters were too bland. I made it through half of the book before I tired of it. There wasn’t really any specific reason for me to DNF it, other than how unamusing it was.

If you have read a book mentioned here, tell me about it! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

See you around! Happy reading!

8 thoughts on “Books I’ve DNF’ed

  1. I saw Legendborn and Seige and Storm both on here and had to keep reading, haha. Legendborn is my current favorite read of 2021. I loved Bree (although I 100% agree about Nick…) I also just read Shadow and Bone in April, and while I did enjoy it, Siege and Storm was my least favorite of the three. As for Among the Beasts and Briars, that’s one on my TBR, but I’ve been seeing so many mixed reviews about it that I haven’t bothered giving it a try yet.

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