This is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s challenge is to pick ten titles you struggled to get through!
I originally was just going to focus on ten books that I DNFed, but then I decided, why not go for ten books I almost DNFed, and then summarize my final thoughts on them, for better or worse? As always, I’ll link to each book’s Goodreads page in the titles, and I’ll add links to my reviews wherever possible.
1. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
I honestly almost DNFed this book so many times because it absolutely infuriated me. I know it’s a fairly popular and widely loved book, but it isn’t for me at all, and I ended up regretting not DNFing it, because the ending had me LIVID! You can read my full review here.
2. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
I almost DNFed this one because I just thought it started off fairly slow and boring, to be honest, but I’m so glad that I didn’t, because once I got a little ways in, I fell in love with the story and ended up giving it 5 stars. I kind of want to reread it every single time I think about it, too. Review here!
3. The Waking Land – Callie Bates
I cannot possibly explain to you why I continued this book. I considered DNFing it at least once every few chapters, and by the end, I wished I had, because it was a total waste of time and I hated almost every moment of it.
Rant review here.
4. And I Darken – Kiersten White
When I consider the fact that I almost DNFed this book at the 20% mark or so, I want to cry a little, because I would have missed out on such an incredible series. I ended up giving this book 4 stars and its sequel
a million five stars. Review here!
5. Girl Out of Water – Laura Silverman
I don’t know why I didn’t DNF this. I really don’t. I think I reached the halfway point and realized I was just hate-reading from that point onward, because I was so annoyed that, dammit, I was going to finish this book and review it. I ended up only giving it 2 stars instead of 1 because it had some good rep. I raged aaaall about it here if you need a little salt for today.
6. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
Did you just gasp a little? You might have, because it’s not very often that I admit this to people: I almost DNFed this book right out of the gate. I had just gotten back into the YA SFF scene after taking a hiatus for a few years, and I’d heard so many good things about this series, but I thought its beginning was fairly boring and slow. I ended up putting it down on my nightstand for a few days, and when I came back to it, I found that it picked up rather abruptly, and suddenly, I was hanging on every word and dying to continue the series. Go figure! This one was pre-blog days, but you can read a mini-review here on Goodreads.
7. Final Girls – Riley Sager
The only reason I didn’t DNF this one was because I thought maybe, just maybe, the ending would surprise me and be worth it… Nope. I generally consider having read this to have been a complete waste of a few hours of my life, sadly, and you can read why here.
8. Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody
I very briefly entertained the idea of DNFing this in the first few chapters – not because it was bad, but because I had been so tremendously excited for its release that, when it wasn’t immediately what I wanted, I found myself unreasonably disappointed. Thankfully, I powered through, and ended up really enjoying myself! Review here.
9. The Wicker King – K. Ancrum
I wanted to DNF this, but refused to based solely on the premise that I’d been so excited to receive an e-ARC of it. Unfortunately, it only got worse as it progressed, and by the end, I was just sad. Review here.