I try my best to complete a book I started, even if I’m not all that entertained by it. Why do I do this? I’m not entirely sure. I think it’s just a part of my personality. I like to finish what I start. Needless to say, this has led to some really frustrating reading sessions.
Despite my high tolerance for mediocre reads, there are still quite a few books and series that I just couldn’t get through, and surprisingly, a good number of them were/are pretty popular. Not all books on my DNF shelf are permanent, though. Some, I have every intention of finishing….one day. But the other ones are most certainly DNF’d for good.
These are some of the popular books I’ve DNF’d temporarily and permanently. Please don’t kill me…
Eragon | Christopher Paolini
I managed to get through the first book of this widely loved series, but I could barely get through the second chapter of Eldest. And even though I liked Eragon, I was still fairly bored with it by the middle. So, I’ve given up on the series. Even though I love dragons, I’m not sure this is the dragon series for me.
Maximum Ride | James Patterson
I’m not sure exactly when I gave up on this series but I’m thinking it might have been by the third book. From what I remember (because I DNF’d this series a loooong time ago), I think I jumped ship once Dylan showed up and Angel wasn’t so cute anymore. Too much drama, not enough action.
House of Night | Kristin and P.C. Cast
There’s just too much I dislike about this series. The characters, the plot, the characters, the relationships, the characters….I liked the series up until the fifth book and even by then I felt like I was trying to drag myself through a pit of drama and angst.
Blue Bloods | Melissa de la Cruz
Just like The House of Night series, Blue Bloods became too much to handle. The characters acted much older than they were, the relationships were all jacked up, and the angst was palpable. I just couldn’t hold on until the end. I gave up on the second to last book, I think.
The Selection | Kiera Cass
I managed to finish the first book, but I wasn’t in the least convinced to continue on with the series. It’s like a strange dystopian spin on The Bachelor. I didn’t like any of the main characters, mainly America Singer, and the political aspect the author tried setting up was kind of flimsy. I know many readers enjoy this series, but it’s just not for me.
Divergent | Veronica Roth
I really really really wanted to read this series. But before I could finish Divergent, someone spoiled the ending of Allegiant to me. After that, I saw no reason to finish the series. Plus, I’m not sure I’d like to read three books just to get to an ending like that!
Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard
Oh boy, this book…..I actually enjoyed Red Queen. I thought it was fairly entertaining and I also appreciated the x-men/superhuman aspect of the story. However, Glass Sword is testing my patience. The characters have gotten worse, especially Mare, and the pacing is painfully slow. I started this book in November and I haven’t looked at it since. I’ve temporarily DNF’d it but I’ve heard King’s Cage is much better. So, I’m willing to drag myself through Glass Sword just to get to the third book.
Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
It’s been about two years and I haven’t read the last book in the Grisha trilogy. I kind of know how it ends, so that’s kept me from reading this one, but I’ve always planned to, no worries! I’ve just been preoccupied with other fantastic reads, like Six of Crows 😉
Percy Jackson | Rick Riordan
I’m a bit late to this series. I find I have a hard time enjoying middle grade books nowadays, but I’m willing to try for certain series. I’ve read the first book and I plan to read the other installments later this year!
There are a few more books I’ve DNF’d so I’ll be sharing the rest of those in Part 2! I really tried to get through some of these, but I guess they just weren’t for me. What do you think? Do you agree with some of my choices? Which popular books have you DNF’d?
Anyways, that’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by! I’ll see ya soon ❤