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RTB: Popular Books I DNF

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Hello all!

I’m back with another one of my Random Thought Bubbles post where I talk about random stuff, both bookish and non-bookish. I come to you with a heavy heart today because I’m going to list books that I just couldn’t finish. I hate DNFing a book because I get excited beginning a new story and it’s a real bummer when it doesn’t meet my expectations. And to be honest, I DNF books almost always. If a book doesn’t interest me or at least evoke some type of emotion halfway through the story (sometimes less), then I can’t bring myself to finish it. Why waste my time on a book that doesn’t interest me in the least while there’s so many glorious unread books out there?

But then again, I know some books take time to get interesting and develop an actual storyline and I probably DNF before it gets to the good part. I guess you win some and lose some. These are some popular books that I really tried to get through but ultimately DNF.


1) The Martian by Andy Weir

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The Lord knows how excited I was to read this book. The concept sounded so cool and I wanted to read the book before watching the movie. As soon as I started reading it, my enthusiasm dwindled. There were a lot and I mean A LOT of scientific explanations thrown in and I didn’t know if I was reading my college textbook or something of the nature. Although, I did like the MC’s personality which was refreshing among the endless scientific and mathematical facts that made my head spin.

2) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Unpopular opinion time. I loved the first two books of this series, especially Crown of Midnight. So I definitely knew I would love this book too. But I just couldn’t get through it. I got to about 250 pages in, mind you this is a big book with 576 pages, and it was so boring! There were new characters with their own chapters that legit came from nowhere, and I didn’t have any interest whatsoever (yea I’m looking at you Manon and Sorscha). I really want to know what happens to Celaena and my baby Chaol, so there is a possibility I might pick it back up in the future.

3) Fallen by Lauren Kate

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I read attempted this book when I was in my fallen angels phase where those were the only books I would read. I really wanted to like this book but as soon as I started it, the MC just rubbed me the wrong way. She was SO ANNOYING and persistent, teetering on stalker mode. I hardly remember the storyline; it was very forgettable and just wasn’t my cup of tea.

4) Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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Y’all, please don’t hate me! My brother recommend it to me and he was raving about how good it was so I was like, I gotta read this book and moved it up my TBR pile. This book started off pretty good; it was fast paced and it got the story moving in like the first 10 pages. But then, the author started killing off characters left and right and I kept wondering why write that character in for a few pages only to kill them off? I don’t know but I was like nah, not for me. Also, there were a lot of POVs which if done well, can really benefit the direction the author wants the story to take. But in this one, I didn’t care about a majority of the MCs…oops.

5) The Maze Runner by James Dashner 

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Ugh. I had such high hopes for this one. Did it interest me? Nope. Did I like the MCs? Meh. Do I remember what happened in the pages I actually read? Nada. And sadly, that is all I have to say on this particular novel.


Guys, I know I have to stop DNFing books like there’s no tomorrow. It’s a bad habit that I am trying to break. It should have been one of my New Year’s resolution, on the real. I’m trying!

What are your views on DNFing a book? Did you DNF any of these books mentioned or were they one of your favorites? Are you a DNF addict like I am? I would love to know!

Til next time. Happy reading!

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6 thoughts on “RTB: Popular Books I DNF

  1. I couldn’t get into The Maze Runner, either. And I feel like the older I get, the more I DNF books, because I have less and less patience for books I find I cannot get into.

    I don’t quite know what it was I didn’t like about The Maze Runner. It just didn’t appeal much to me at the time, and I put it aside, and decided not to pick it up again. I probably will try again, but not for awhile.

  2. I loved The Martian, but it’s definitely not for everyone. When I first started it I wasn’t feeling it, however, as I continued, it began to pick up for me.

    Haha, I remember when I was in middle school and Fallen was literally the only thing the girls were reading, so happy I never wasted my time.

    This is a pretty cool topic, and I’ve recently started to DNF books like crazy. I don’t have as much time, so I just leave them be.

      1. Haha, I understand. & Soooo true! Wasting time on books that I’m not gonna like just isn’t alluring anymore.

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