Books I Almost DNF’ed But Thankfully I Didn’t {Top Ten Tuesday}

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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.

Tell Me:
How easily do you DNF?
Any books you almost DNF’ed, but are glad you didn’t?

28 thoughts on “Books I Almost DNF’ed But Thankfully I Didn’t {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Poinsettia says:

    I love your take on this week’s topic! I agree, Cinder is a bit of a slow start to that series, but it definitely gets better. LOTR is certainly a classic for a reason. It is a bit slow at times. I think you just have to be in the right mood for it. Great list! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  2. Reese says:

    I think I only DNF a book if it gets on my nerves, it gets offensive or if it’s just boring but veeery long (if it’s short I do finish it), because it often takes me a while to get a feel for things and I’m also aware that my bad mood can affect how I’m seeing the book and that maybe if I persevere something will click and then I’ll love it.
    I have a terrible memory, but I remember that it took me a while to get into Mistborn – actually, most of high fantasy books, but when it clicks, I LOVE those. It just hard to know when to give up hope, right?

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Yes exactly! Just because a book isn’t clicking right away, doesn’t always mean that it’s not meant to be so that thought keeps me from DNF’ing a lot.
      It took me a while to get into Mistborn too! But I ended up loving it. And then I never continued and in the meantime I already forgot so much *story of my life*

  3. Jo says:

    I very nearly DNFed The Raven Boys too and am also really glad I didn’t! I actually didn’t have any trouble with ADSOM, I was hooked from the beginning, but I have heard of others who did. I wasn’t that keen on Cinder either, but I liked the second book better.
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one who had a little issue with The Raven Boys and Cinder, but ended up happy we didn’t DNF πŸ™‚ Yay for liking ADSOM right away though!

  4. Chloe @ It's YA Girl says:

    I’m so glad you powered through with Cinder! The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series.
    I also have issues getting through the first couple chapters of Schwab, but I’m going to circle back around to it because so many people love her books! I’m sure I will too if I can JUST. GET. TO THE GOOD STUFF!

  5. Jessica says:

    I can definitely see why it took you a while to get into some of these and I’m super glad you were able to finish and enjoy them in the end! What a great list.

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