Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme previously hosted by the lovely folks @ The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is top ten ‘Books I Decided to DNF’ but I have spun the topic a little to:
Books I Wish I Had DNF’d Sooner
I don’t tend to DNF books – I am such a mood reader that sometimes I might not be into a book but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t enjoy it at another time. Conversely, I am also pretty bad for sticking with something even when I’m not enjoying it.
There are very few books I have written off altogether (less than five even) so I’ve decided to do a slightly different spin on this topic and go with books I wished I’d pulled the plug on earlier.
1. The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel
This one actually pained me because I loved the first book ‘The Clan of the Cave Bear’ so much. Even though the series seemed to go a bit more downhill with every subsequent book, the length of time waiting for this one was an age (you think George R.R. Martin is bad!) and I so wanted it to be outstanding. Sadly, it wasn’t.
2. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
This book (and series) is just not my cuppa tea at all. I forced myself to finish it but I kinda wished I hadn’t. It just wasn’t for me at all. I read this when I was a teen but I don’t honestly think reading it later on in life would make much of a difference in my opinion.
3. Fallen by Lauren Kate
It’s not the worst book I’ve ever read but it is nowhere near the best. I actually read up to the second book (because I’d already bought it by the time I started the first one – that’ll teach me!) but I definitely wish I’d decided to DNF at book one. Angel books are just not my thing.
4. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Speaking of angel books, here is the worst culprit! I hated ‘Hush, Hush’ with a blinding passion. I really could go on all day but I won’t subject you all to my moaning! Damn that pretty, pretty cover for hiding a multitude of sins!
5. Evermore by Alyson Noel
I just couldn’t get into this book at all. I did finish it but I can barely remember anything about it. That in itself is probably more damning than anything else I could say. I unfortunately decided to buy books two and three but I know I will never read them so I’ve donated the whole set to my local charity shop.
6. Belladonna by Anne Bishop
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Anne Bishop’s books. Some I adore, others… not so much. This falls into the latter category. I did enjoy the first book ‘Sebastian’ but this one just dragged because Belladonna as a character just ain’t that interesting, I’m afraid.
7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This book is just damn creepy. I cannot find it romantic at all. The time traveler in question goes back in time and meets his future wife as a young child and essentially grooms her. It’s gross and wrong and I just can’t with this book. It definitely has the ick factor.
8. The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
I wanted to love this trilogy. The covers are just gorgeous (very reminiscent of Robin Hobb’s Farseer books). The setting sounded awesome and it ticked all the right boxes for me going into the story. Yet it didn’t click for me. I read the whole trilogy hoping it would get better and live up to its potential but it never did. It’s a damn shame. 🙁
9. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks’ books are an acquired taste. Just not one I want to cultivate. I’m not sure why I persevered with this. I wasn’t overly fussed for the movie either despite it having some actors in it I normally enjoy.
10. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
I read this before seeing the film and I’m honestly not sure how I even finished it. Was not to my taste at all. I then watched the movie and pretty much disliked it too. I never learn! 😀
I liked parts of Interview with a Vampire but it did feel like a slog at times. Did you read any of the others? I found the series improved as it went on.
I’m really stoked to see people having the same lukewarm feelings towards Fallen as me. I have no idea why I continue to try with the series but for some reason, it’s one of those series that I just keep hoping it will get better the further I get into the series. Anyways, great list! I agree with quite a few.