Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit (aka ten book series I think I’m going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I’m quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc. Get as creative as you want).

Books / Series I have DNF’d:


ONE. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I liked this series well enough (it was a solid 3 star series for me) until we got to Scarlet. Here is a sampling of my status updates:

This is bugging me – Meyer keeps using words wrong. Imminent instead of important or imperative. Prerogative instead of duty. This is the worst so far: “Bloodshot eyes belied her exhaustion, no matter how her jaw was set.” That makes no sense. Bloodshot eyes show that she IS exhausted, they don’t contradict it! Grr.

Can we get back to Cinder now? I’m so over Scarlet.

Torin’s lips perched?!? What, they landed in a tree?

Ugh. I’m done – with the book AND the series. That was awful. The only things I liked about it were Thorne (a little bit) and Iko (she’s a great character).

TWO. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Jim Dale’s narration was lovely, but the story lacks J. M. Barrie’s spark and I was bored.

THREE. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Meh. This was entertaining enough, but I’m wasn’t invested in the characters or the world (halfway through the trilogy), and Go Set a Watchman was out, so I abandoned series.

FOUR. Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories by Mary Higgins Clark

Apparently, Clark began writing the title story in 1974 and set it aside to work on Where Are the Children. She should have left it, as this is one of the worst pieces of drivel I’ve ever read.

************SPOILER ALERT!************

This story was ridiculous – sure, I’ll pick your sister up from the airport! What, you don’t have a photo of your only living relative, who looks just like you, to show me so I’ll recognize her? No problem, I’ll dress up and pretend to be you – then she’ll recognize me! What?!?

************END SPOILERS************

FIVE. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

The relationship between the narrator and his mother made me unutterably sad. Also, the homeschooling references made me rage-y.

SIX. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

The first half was an awesome twisted, fractured fairytale. Then the “love interest” was introduced . . . ugh. So bad.

SEVEN. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

This one makes me sad. Several people whose opinions on books I trust really enjoyed this one. However, at 50% in I was bored. I didn’t really care about any of the characters, the plot was incredibly rambling, the “romance” was squicky, etc. Sigh.

EIGHT. The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton

I loved The Just City and I was super excited for the sequel, but about halfway through this book (and therefore halfway through the trilogy) the author took a strongly anti-Christian stand. I feel like that was her agenda for the series all along. :/

NINE. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I’ll probably get flack for this one. I tried this book in audiobook and print formats but I just was not feeling it. The writing style doesn’t appeal to me (so many metaphors! Zusak’s prose is self conscious. It makes for some excellent lines, but page after page of it detracts from the story) and the excessive (German) swearing is irritating.

TEN. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

I remember loving the first book, and I know I read several more, but I can’t remember how many. Obviously, I lost interest somewhere along the way.

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19 thoughts on “TTT: DNF

  1. Allyson says:

    Oh, man! I literally just bought Scarlet yesterday, and now I’m super bummed! That would drive me up a wall if the author kept using the wrong word consistently. Maybe I can pretend that it is a character quirk and that she just doesn’t have very good vocabulary skills :p


  2. TheLiteraryCounsellor says:

    I had to give up on Mercedes Lackey as an author. I’ve read SO many of her books, but her more recent books have all left me really unhappy. I totally get what you mean about the Fairy Godmother book. Great list! Happy reading!


  3. rudejasper says:

    There were several on here that made my jaw drop in surprise!
    I love the Lunar Chronicle series but you’re right, those word choices are awful though I didn’t even notice them when I was reading! Don’t blame you for DNFing when being jarred by wrong word usage!
    Your Uprooted entry makes me feel better about the fact that I am not loving it either. I’m reading it now and I think I like it a little bit better than you but I am feeling like I am missing something because every review I’ve read of this book has been positively gushing.
    Bummer that the Jo Walton series took a turn you didn’t like :(. That sucks.
    Also I think fading away from the Maisie Dobbs series was likely a good decision. I’ve read maybe 5 in the series and none of them have lived up to book one and they’ve gotten a little formulaic.


    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      It was very jarring, though I will admit to be a little curious about the rest of Cinder’s story (I could really do without Scarlet and Wolf). Maybe I’ll try an audio version of Cress sometime. Maybe.

      There are so many gushing reviews of Uproopted, including lots of comparisons to Robin McKinley, and I just didn’t get it.

      The Jo Walton one was upsetting. The story takes place in our world, except that the Greek gods are real. Also, it is set in a time before the fall of Troy, over 1000 years before Christ. So the only reason to bring Christianity into the picture at all was to bash it. :/

      I read the first 4 Maisie Dobbs books, and I remember enjoying them but finding them very slow. I think I either need a lighter cozy or something with more action.


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