Ten Books I marked as DNF

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke And The Bookish, and will be a feature on Emma, the Bibliophile-Librarian. In Top Ten Tuesday I make lists of books, because I love books and I love lists. Here at the Bibliophile-Librarian, I cannot guarantee that it will always be posted on a Tuesday, but I will try.


In my Reader’s Advisory class yesterday, we discussed the concept of stopping to read a book. I discovered that I am very particular about what I read, especially now that I am in school and have less time for pleasure reading. I don’t force myself to finish books I don’t like (some people do), but I also don’t tend to DNF a book (because I am so careful about the choice in the first place). I know within three pages whether I will like a book, because I can tell by the writing, the characters, the setting, and the feel I get from the book.

Generally when I do DNF a book, it is not because it is so terrible I couldn’t finish it, it is because it wasn’t the right time, or I couldn’t get into it enough to finish it during the three-week loan period from the public library. The first five books on my list are not actually marked as DNF, they are marked as DNF For Now:

1. Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy: I own this book, and I have been meaning to get back to it. It appealed to me because it was an urban fantasy that takes place in a university town, with a main character who owns a bookstore.

2. Clean Sweep by Illona Andrews: I think I stopped reading this because it was an ebook, and I don’t read very many e-books. I enjoyed the parts I did read, and it has a killer cover.

3. The Shining by Stephen King: This one is embarrassing. I was really into this book for the first 75%, but something happened that made it so I just could not bring myself to get back into it. I had it checked out of the library for MONTHS. This happens to me on occasion, and I need to step away from the book for a couple of years before I can go back.

4. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: I started reading this because my sister-in-law enjoyed it. I wasn’t able to finish it before I had to return it to the library, so it is still waiting for me to go back to it!

5. No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper: I saw this mentioned on another blog, and I thought it sounded cool: A time-travelling, sci-fi romance novel, taking place in Regency England. I read the first few pages, and the writing was kind of sloppy and didn’t grab me. I would be willing to give it another chance, though, because it’s such an interesting concept.

But, sometimes, it is because it was just too terrible…

6. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young: I read this book because my grandmother gave it to me. She thought it was pretty thought-provoking, and I liked the first part where there is a murder. Only it doesn’t get any better than that…

7. Hush, Hush: The Graphic Novel #1 by Becca Fitzpatrick

8. Reawakened by Colleen Houck

7 thoughts on “Ten Books I marked as DNF

  1. I like the DNF-for-now idea. I’m not so official in calling it that, but I can think of 2 books in particular that I just stopped reading for whatever reason. But it doesn’t mean I won’t go back to them eventually!


    1. I was really excited for it, because I love books about museums and dealing with present day and past crossovers, but this one wasn’t well written, in my opinion. I don’t recommend it. Thanks for the comment!


  2. Reawakened has been on my wishlist for months now, I’m curious to what made it DNF for you? I also like the idea of a DNF for now. Sometimes you just have to be in the right frame of mind for a book!

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    1. I agree with that! I started reading it, and within the first couple pages I could tell the main character wasn’t for me. She was very shallow, and seemed to play the “poor rich girl”, which I don’t mind as long as it’s done well. IMO, this wasn’t :/


    1. I completely understand and relate to that! If I have invested enough time in a book to get about 4 or 5 chapters in, I will just finish it. Sometimes I will also start something new because it isn’t hold my interest, but I consider that a far more passive DNF. If I actively DNF a book, it is usually after the first few pages, but luckily I am pretty good at telling if I won’t like a book right away.

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