Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s all about DNF’ing (Did Not Finish). I have a difficult relationship with DNF’ing. On one hand I am a big supporter of DNF’ing because really, there is not enough time in life, so why spend it on books you’re just not liking? But on the other hand, I rarely DNF myself. Because I always think it’ll get better. Most books take a little time for me to really get into, and I don’t want to lose the opportunity to miss out on a possible favorite book, just because the beginning was a little hard. And honestly, it happens more often than not.
Here are a few examples of books or series I’m happy I didn’t DNF (and yes, there are some surprising books here):
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
This was just so tough to read at first. The writing style took me almost 40% of the book to get into and I almost DNF’ed. But I’m happy I didn’t because I loved the rest of the book soooo much.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I just didn’t care or even like any of these characters at first. Which is weird, because they ended up becoming some of my favorite characters EVER.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I already almost didn’t pick this up because the idea of a cyborg cinderella did not appeal to me. But I did and honestly, Cinder was an average read. I almost didn’t continue the series, but I’m happy I did because the rest of the series was AWESOME.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Say what? I know, this is one of my favorite series now. But those first few chapters, I really struggled.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Honestly, even though it’s a classic, it was tough to get through and I almost DNF’ed several times. But in the end, I’m happy I finished it anyway. It’s a classic for a reason.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Another case where I struggled with the first book, but ADORED the rest of the series.