Top 5 Wednesday | Books you DNF’d

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This weeks topic is books that you Did Not Finish. It’s pretty rare for me to detest a book so much that I don’t bother reading it. I know that authors put a lot of work into their books so I usually see this book til the end. This list this week is going to feature the one book that I currently put on my DNF shelf and the other four are going to be books that I have put down and will eventually go back to reading them in the future.

In no particular order.
5. Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras

This is the one book that I put on my DNF shelf on GoodReads. It’s the only book that is currently sitting on that shelf. It received a lot of 5 star reviews but it just wasn’t for me. Too typical. Not my kind of book. I was not going to waste my time with something that made me cringe so badly.
4. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
I feel like I’ve been trying to get through the book for over two years. I always want to try and keep reading it or pick it back up off the shelf but I can’t. There are way too many characters that the chapters bounce from that you may not see or hear of another character or plotline for 100s of pages. I had seen the first season of GoT but didn’t continue watching because I wanted to read the books first… That turned out well didn’t it?
3. Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock

The subject matter is very heavy and realistic. I received the arc through NetGalley and I got about 50% of the way through it. It deals with the raw emotions of a new, young family dealing with the mother having cancer. I had to put the book down for the time being.
2. Vanity Fair by William M Thackeray

I had read most of this book for an English course a long time ago. We had to pick a classic novel so I chose a book with 700 pages because I wanted to seem intelligent. Haha. It was great the 500 pages I read. But when making my report I totally just watched the Reese Witherspoon movie adaptation of it. I really want to finish this.
1. World War Z by Max Brooks

I purchased it before the movie came out. I haven’t touched it since the movie came out. I find it very interesting but it is a very dense read. It’s the science behind the zombies not all the action like you see in the movie.

What are your books that you DNFed or just have put down for a really long time? Comment below!


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5 Responses to Top 5 Wednesday | Books you DNF’d

  1. Great list! You were right when you said we put down our books for similar reasons. It seems that Alice & Oliver is a book you have to be in a certain mood for. I probably would've put it down too. 😀


  2. I'm so glad Kaleidoscope Hearts is on this list because I almost bought the book. I also agree with A Game of Thrones. I love the TV show, but I have yet to make it more than 50% through the first book. I think part of the problem is that George R. R. Martin hasn't finished the series. Considering it's 20 years later, it's sad that HBO had to make up a sixth season because it takes him so long to write. In that regard, the series is a bit of a disappointment. Great post! Jill @


  3. I totally get what you mean about GoT. I didn't like all these changes in perspective either even though I didn;t realize that this was my greatest problem with the book, while I was still reading it.


  4. Cat says:

    I am also guilty of not DNF-ying (is that a thing?) Game of Thrones! For kind of the same reasons as you but mostly because when I got the 1st book I had already seen the 1st season. I'll still give it another try, tho.
    I'm glad you wrote about Alice and Oliver because that's the type of book I'd probably pick up simply by the cover and since I don't always read the synopsis, I'd be really disappointed because of the content.


  5. I very rarely DNF but sometimes it's like why prolong this torture? Kaleidoscope Hearts was one of those like-not-love books for me. I think I gave it 3 stars. I found myself liking the guy way more than the main character girl. I've heard that the World War Z book and movie are very different.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books


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