Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (as always, hosted by the inimitable Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl) is about the concept of DNFing. I am not a huge DNFer, although I do tend to put a book to the side to return to it later if I start on it and I feel like I should be enjoying myself, but it’s just not coming. That definitely happens from time to time. Sometimes, however, I put a book to the side and I just never pick it back up again. That’s what this week’s TTT concerns: book orphans.
^ It looks like she’s talking to Edward Scissorhands, but it’s actually a pile of DNFd, abandoned books in the shape of Edward Scissorhands.
- The Raven Cycle. I’ve tried to read The Raven Boys twice now – I have a copy of the first two books sitting on my shelf, looking forlorn. But I just can’t seem to push past the first 100 pages of the first book. Does it get better? I hear that it does, but I am skeptical.
- Throne of Glass. Same as the Raven Cycle, I suppose – I’ve tried to read these because everyone and their mom and probably their mom’s mom is absolutely in love with these, but I just can’t get past the first couple of trials. I think one time I got to the “there’s a ghost in the castle” part (or something? I don’t … I don’t remember), but I just cannot make myself read any more of this. I feel like a book blogger sham.
- Pride & Prejudice. I have never read this book – or any other Austen book – all the way through. I’ve bought it and started it more than once, but I’ve just never gotten past more than the first quarter of the book or so before I get bored and discard it. Classics are not good at keeping my interest.
- Sharp Objects. I have read, and really enjoyed, Gillian Flynn’s other two books. I’m a huge thriller nut. But I picked up Sharp Objects last out of her three and I just couldn’t get snared in her web like I could with Gone Girl and Dark Places. Speaking of Gillian Flynn, when is she writing another book? Ooof.
- The Magicians. The formula for this series makes it seem like I should love and adore it – urban fantasy is my jam. But for some reason – perhaps the same reasons why I can’t get into the Raven Cycle books? – it’s just not doing it for me.
- His Dark Materials. I was very young when I read The Golden Compass – high school, I think maybe 15 or 16. I know I picked up the second book in the series, but I just don’t think I read these very thoroughly, or gave them nearly enough thought or credit. I know that these are very layered, multifaceted books with amazing detail and metaphor, but this all flew over my head as a teenager. I should really try these again.
- The Mortal Instruments. At one point, I read the first three books in this series. I was 23, I think, and they were mindless and fluffy. I went back to them a few years later to finish off the series and I just couldn’t do it – they were terrible. Part of me still wants to try, though. Is it because the box set is pretty? Probably!
- Red Rising. I made it all the way to the part where Darrow is shown the “big reveal,” and I just couldn’t keep going. Was it the writing style? The plot? Language? I have no idea, because so many people I greatly admire and trust absolutely love this series. I want to give it another try someday, but maybe it just wasn’t the right time the first time. My copy is still on my shelf.
- The Name of the Wind. This book is beloved by so many who love Game of Thrones. They tell you to read it, to embrace it and love it – it’s like George R.R. Martin if he were more funny and killed off less characters, they say. Maybe it’s me (and it’s probably me), but this was just not doing it for me. I really need to stop picking up fantasy because it never winds up being what I want it to be.
- Turtles All the Way Down. I was a huge, huge John Green fan for years in college, starting when I was 19 or so. Something disenchanted me somewhere along the way, though, and when I picked up The Fault In Our Stars as a new release, I almost retched reading it because it was so bad. I preordered my copy of Turtles in the hopes that maybe The Fault In Our Stars was just a fluke, but alas, I don’t think it was. I might try this one again later, but it’s not looking too promising.
What about you? Have you DNF’d any of these? Got any reason to defend books on my list? Let me know down below!