Top 10 Tuesday

T10T: Ten Books I Almost DNFed, But Didn’t

September 5, 2017

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Okay, I guess I should have actually titled this a Top 9 Tuesday post, because I seem to have run out of almost-DNFed titles to share with you guys! I’m going to cut it short here, but tell me in the comments: what was the latest book you almost DNFed, and did you end up liking or disliking it by the end?


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27 Comments

  • Reply ChrissiReads September 5, 2017 at 12:34 am

    I totally know what you mean about Cinder. I had some trouble with it initially, but I’m pleased that I persevered.

  • Reply Iridescence September 5, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I really want to read And I Darken but the book is so big I’m a little daunted 😅

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 8, 2017 at 3:40 am

      It is soooo worth it, but it is a little bit long, I’ll admit! Definitely worth it, though. 🙂

  • Reply Louise ✨🦇 September 5, 2017 at 1:17 am

    It’s been a good few years since I read Fangirl but I think I remember struggling with it in the beginning too. I did end up liking it, which I’m still glad about because I read Eleanor and Park first, and wasn’t that impressed by it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 8, 2017 at 3:41 am

      I’m glad you ended up enjoying it, too! I haven’t read any other Rainbow books yet.

  • Reply Hope (@HopeSLavender) September 5, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Hahaha! I literally took my copy of All The Bright Places back to the store for a refund. I didn’t even make it halfway through. And I really thought I was going to love it. So glad I didn’t finish it. I loved Fangirl later on too! And Cinder. I liked it but loved the series around book 3.
    My Top Ten “Glad I didn’t Quit”

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 8, 2017 at 3:41 am

      I don’t blame you AT ALL lmao. I’ve got my copy of ATBP up for #booksfortrade on twitter. UGH.

  • Reply Imi September 5, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Same! I was so unenthused by Cinder at first but as soon as I got passed the hump, I stormed through the rest of the books and I’m so glad I read them. And I Darken is on my TBR so I’ll make sure to keep going!

    Great list!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 8, 2017 at 3:41 am

      Yesss, exactly! Ooh man, I hope you love AID and its sequel as much as I do. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Reply Julie Maguda (@JulieMaguda) September 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I took forever to pick up Cinder because I was so sure I wasn’t going to like it because “cyborg Cinderella??” lol I ended up really enjoying it. I still haven’t finished the series but I am hoping to soon. I really enjoyed Fangirl. I’ve got a soft spot for nerdy/socially awkward characters. lol I think Carry On is my favorite Rainbow Rowell book tho. Daughter of the Burning City is one that I’ve been really curious about. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it after all! Great list!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 8, 2017 at 3:42 am

      I feel you! I think it was on my Goodreads TBR for 3 years before I got a copy from the library! Now, I’m so glad I read it. I haven’t finished the series yet either because I’m just not ready for it to end.

  • Reply Poinsettia September 5, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I’m sorry there were so many books you finished and ended up hating! Sometimes books are worth the struggle and sometimes they aren’t. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) September 5, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I totally feel you on some of these books, like The Waking Land. I still don’t know how I got through that book!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 8, 2017 at 3:42 am

      Me neither! LMAO I think by the time I got halfway through it, I was just like, you know what, I’ve gotten this far, LET’S DO THIS.

  • Reply haadiyahmed September 5, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Same, I literally dnf’ed cinder the first time I read it then regretted it lol

  • Reply Lisa @ Captivated Reader September 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I still want to read Fangirl…. I still can’t believe that I haven’t read it!

    Here’s a link to my TTT post this week:
    https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/09/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-that-were.html

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 8, 2017 at 3:43 am

      It’s super adorable if you like YA contemporary at all, and Cath is a really relatable MC if you have any kind of anxiety issues (I do!). So great! And thanks, I’ll take a look!

  • Reply iloveheartlandx September 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    And I Darken and Daughter of The Burning City are both books I’m planning on reading soon, so I’m glad things turned around for you in those in the end! I’m with you on Cinder, I struggled with that one too and I completely DNFed Final Girls.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/top-ten-tuesday-123/

  • Reply littlefoxandreads September 5, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    We have a lot of these in common! Only I actually DNFed All the bright places and Cinder lol. And I think I might’ve skimmed Fangirl. I had trouble getting through And I darken but I ended up loving it and the sequel turned out to be 1000x better <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 8, 2017 at 3:44 am

      Oh man, Now I Rise really is a thousand times better than And I Darken. It’s killing me, waiting on book 3!

  • Reply lindseyhabets September 6, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    So glad you powered through and ended up really enjoying both Fangirl and Cinder 🙂 I also had trouble with CInder at first, but now it’s one of my all-time favorite series!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 8, 2017 at 3:45 am

      TLC is one of my fave series now, too! I’ve been putting off finishing it because I’m just not ready to say goodbye!

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