10 books I can’t believe I didn’t DNF

I must have a lot of patience. I used to never DNF (Did Not Finish) a book but after finding the book community online, there are simply too many books to read that I don’t have time to finish a book I don’t like.

Nowadays, I DNF pretty liberally but there are still some books I’v finished all the way and, looking back, can’t believe I stuck through them.

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blogging meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. It’s been a while since I’ve done a TTT post but it’s exactly the thing that’ll help me get out of my blogging slump. This week’s TTT topic is Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.

I put a spin and decided to brag about my patience levels.

Here are 10 books that I can’t believe I did not DNF:

[1] Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This is a recent read and I’ve heard a LOT about this book, all of it praise. So you can imagine how disappointed I was when I did not AT ALL like the character, the plot was so-so and I didn’t like it overall. It had a little bit of redeemable plot in the end but it’s not enough.

Click here to read my complete review.

[2] Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

This is SO DAMN HYPED. I had it on my TBR but I finally picked it up because this bookstagrammer I follow is obsessed with the book and movie. She had watched the movie 17 times, read the book multiple times, all within a small while of watching the movie for the first time.

I wanted to see why it’s so good that she loves it so much. Even though I didn’t like the book, I stuck through because I thought there might be something in the end that makes it worthwhile.

There wasn’t. I regret it.

Click here to read my review.

[3] Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Okay so the first time I read the series, I LOVED IT. I recommended it to two of my friends IRL, who loved it also. That was years.

Recently, when I felt like rereading an old book, I picked it up.


One of my friends even has my name saved in her phone “Vee Sky” after the main character’s best friend in the book. And both of us hated it when we reread it.

I abandoned it in the first book itself but she pushed through until the second book before giving up. So yeah, considering how bad the book is, I really cannot believe I finished it, rather loved it.

[4] The Summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han

I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by the author and really liked it! So I decided to pick up The Summer I Turned Pretty, which is also quite popular, and I got really irritated by it.

The girl suddenly turns pretty and a love triangle happens, with two brothers. She, herself, is confused about who she likes.

Honestly, I hated her. She was boring, confused, useless and frustrating.

[5] I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

I went into my Goodreads TBR and decided to lessen it by reading some. I picked this one because I really liked the idea of a touristy book.

First of all, I’d like an explanation from anyone who considers this book as Young Adult. It’s clearly New Adult. It talks about sex, drugs and more.

Other than that, the main character was (excuse the language) bloody irritating. She and her best friend got me SO FRUSTRATED, it’s not funny. I guess it was supposed to show something like friendship arc but nope. It was just annoying because both of them were not nice*.

*I had to hold myself back so much from calling them names here.

Click here to read my review.

[6] Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

A lot of people like this book, and that’s fine! I’m sorry but I pretty much hated it.

It’s set in an apocalypse and there’s some magic and stuff. But through the book, despite anything else that happens, the focus kept coming back to Evie and Jackson’s stupid stupid romance.

Right after I finished the book, I was disbelieving then itself that I managed to sit through it. I thought I might read the second book because I’ve heard it’s better but now I don’t think so. There are far too many other books to read.

Click here to read my complete review.

[7] The Immortals series by Alyson Noel

Looking back, there wasn’t much story. There were just a bunch of vampires and, I guess, reincarnation stuff. But it wasn’t nice enough to remember anything about.

Now get this: despite me feeling only “meh” about the story, I sat through SIX BOOKS. Yes, you read that right. I have no idea what I was thinking, so don’t ask me.

[8] Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Being a stupid girl, I ordered both Truthwitch and Windwitch by Susan Dennard because a blogger I follow raved about it. I should have checked out more reviews but I impulsively bought it, especially after seeing that it’s price was a lower than I expected.

Guess what? I hated Truthwitch but I sat through Windwitch as well because I paid for those books and I might as well get something out of it.

Click here to read my review of Truthwitch.

Click here to read my review of Windwitch.

[9] Fallen series by Lauren Kate

Guys! I don’t know what I was thinking reading this series to completion.

I was into books about Angels and Angel-bloods so I read this and I didn’t like it. I rated the first 4 books (which were all that were there then) 2 stars each. TWO. And I still continued the series??

Recently, I decided to watch the movie based on the first book. I expected it to be bad, but it was worse. Probably because I’ve read much better books since Fallen and if I had read it now, I would rate it -1 stars instead of 2.

Click here to read my (very salty) review of the movie Fallen.

[10] Obsessed by R.J. Lewis

I completely forgot I read this book. I completely it exists as well. I found it when I was going through my Goodreads and I just remembered how much I hated that book.

I managed to keep the snark and salt out of my review, probably because I cared about how my review to y’all and I didn’t know that salty reviews are not hated on in the community. But yeah, I quite hated it.

I just could NOT get past the fact that they were legally siblings. And they actually did stuff in their house! I just.. no.

Click here to read my review.

And that’s it for today!

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Do you DNF or push through books? Are there any books you finished reading that you can’t believe you didn’t drop? Let me know in the comments below!

23 thoughts on “10 books I can’t believe I didn’t DNF”

  1. I had exactly the same feelings about The Summer I Turned Pretty series, I’m so glad I read those books after I read To All the Boys. I probably would have avoided Jenny Hann’s other books if I had read The Summer I Turned Pretty first because the main character was so infuriating haha!

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  2. Seems like I heard someone just say recently they didn’t like Uglies! And I remember seeing I see London, I See france but I thought it was more of a YA title, so THAT’S good to know lol.


  3. I almost didn’t read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because I had read that The Summer I Turned Pretty… lol it was okay but so juvenile… which I guess makes sense. 😉 I am now really worried about Truthwitch… a backlist book I planned to read this year… I already have two hyped books I’m a slogging through I don’t need another. Thanks for the heads up Sumedha! ❤️

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  4. I agree with you on basically all of these books! And right now, I’m stubbornly reading–and attempting to finish–the Fallen series. I have no idea why because so far, there has been very little in terms of redeemable moments within it and I’m just too stubborn to stop haha GREAT LIST!

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  5. I’ve read the first two books in the Hush Hush series too – I really didn’t like the first one but I sat through the second one because I bought it really cheaply. It was such a waste of time, but a part of me still wants to know how the series ends. Its really frustrating because its such terrible writing

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