Two days in a row! It must be a record. This week’s topic is actually really interesting for me because I have a hard time dropping something before I finish it. My thought process behind this is usually that I spent the (insert random price here) on the book and I should at least get my money’s worth before I chuck it on the discard pile. Recently, this has been a real drain on my reading enthusiasm because a lot of my choices have been duds so I’m forcing myself to read terrible book after terrible book. The alternative would be dropping 10-15 books a year that probably comes to about $100 I could’ve put to better use elsewhere. Its a lose-lose situation I suppose. This post will memorialize the few books that were so bad, I just COULDN’T finish them, no matter how much I tried and those books I wish from the bottom of my heart I could’ve forced myself to burn.
Books I Didn’t (or Wish I Didn’t) Finish
5. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
Against my better judgement, I trudged through this book (and the others in the series) until the bitter end. I wasn’t very impressed with A Great and Terrible Beauty and knew that the series probably wasn’t going to improve much, but for the sake of completeness, I bought the second book and then the third–not one of my better decisions this year. It took me a good two months to read all three books and I came away hating the heroines and villains equally and could find very few redeeming qualities in Bray’s writing. My time would’ve been better spent elsewhere.
4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I knew what was going to happen in this book and I STILL decided to go ahead and read it. I read Divergent on a whim after watching about 20 random minutes of the movie. I quickly got sucked into the story and decided to plunge right into the sequels, naively believing that the journey would be worth the crappy ending. I was sorely disappointed by Insurgent and should’ve stopped when I had the chance, but my completeness obsession kicked in before I could do so and I muddled through the travesty that is Allegiant. Again, this series took up a good two months of my life that I wish I could have back, but alas….
3. The Collector by Nora Roberts
I could literally feel that tiny piece of me that still dwells in the halls of high school shatter into a million pieces when I read this drivel. I used to adore Nora Roberts and this book is insultingly sub par. The characters were annoying, the romance was unrealistic and, frankly, unconvincing, and the dialogue was kind of clunky. The only thing interesting about this book was the inclusion of the Russian Fabrege eggs, which are an interesting and tragic piece of history. I wish I had stopped reading this book when I first noticed it wasn’t wowing me and now I think I’ve been ruined for all of Nora Roberts’ future books.
2. Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley
Wildest Dreams is a self-published novel by contemporary romance author Kristen Ashley. I stumbled upon it on Goodreads and saw that everyone compared the story to a Daenrys and Khal Drogo romance set in a land of forever winter. The description sounded intriguing but I was super disappointed when I actually started reading the book. The main character, an adult woman, talked like a teenager out of the 80s or 90s with multiple instances of “Golly!,” “Ho boy,” and “eek!” and the amount of unnecessary, elementary descriptions were tedious. I swear the author spent half of the first few chapters describing the heroine’s attire, down to the smallest belt buckle, as well as the attire of every other character, no matter how big or small their role was and the interiors of each room the heroine walked into. I dropped the book after 5 or 6 chapters and never looked back.
1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I love to hate this book (the movies are awesome so they are exempt from said bashing). I wanted to love these books but the writing was so repetitive and clunky. Thomas’ thoughts drove me up a wall and the other characters didn’t help much to pick up the slack. I know there are several people who describe Thomas as a Gary Stu who is so special that special things just seem to happen to him. I would concur. Needless to say, I dropped this book after seven chapters.
What have been your DNF disasters? Comment below if you feel like sharing!
See you next Wednesday!