DNFs | Top Ten Tuesday

DNFs | Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the list ought to be ten books I did not finish. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), in the last year or so since I started keeping records of these things I have only failed to finish one book. And that one book was The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.


Please don’t hate me if you loved this book. A lot of people did, since it has an average of almost 4/5 stars on Goodreads. It just wasn’t for me. I had issues almost immediately, but I persisted until the protagonist got shut in a kitchen which everyone left at night and took a couple of days before trying the door. I just… what?

It seemed unfair to single out just the one book, so here are five more books that I did finish but probably shouldn’t have, since I didn’t like them and would have liked the time back at the end. I gave all of them 2 stars on Goodreads because I’m a softy who struggles to be completely negative.


I didn’t like the main character and didn’t understand his decisions.


This is probably a perfectly normal example of its genre, and I hold nothing against it except that said genre bores me. I think I’d call it… contemporary romance in which nothing especially out of the ordinary happens to anyone.


I quite like Dara O’Briain, but this is just a diary of what happened to him on tour and some thoughts he had about the places he visited. I was expecting something Bill Bryson-esque and didn’t get it.


Everyone in this book was almost consistently unhappy from beginning to end. I screwed myself over a bit by starting reading it around when I was just finishing uni and not very receptive to the idea that everything would suck from here on out.


Caitlin Moran is wonderful and I love her, but this book was not and I did not. It isn’t exactly her own life story, but close enough that there was no real need to read this as well as How to Be a Woman which I enjoyed much, much more.