Top Ten Books I Never Finished

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I don’t usually DNF a book. If I decide to sit down and read something, I want to see it through, especially since I’m such a slow reader. HOWEVER. Here are a few instances where I decided to stop reading a book before I had finished it.

10. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
I think I read this for approximately 1.4 days and then gave up on it because it did not have any of the charm that the movie had. I pretty much gave up on Nicholas Sparks after that, though I did get through A Walk to Remember a few years later.

9. Without a Map by Meredith Hall
I kind of got into a memoir kick at some point in high school, but something about this did not click with me, so I turned it back in after reading about half of it.

8. All-American Girl by Meg Cabot
My sister really liked this book so I wanted to give it a try, but I checked it out at the end of the school year and it was thick and terrifying. I had to turn it back in after just a chapter or two.

7. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
I read the first installment in A Series of Unfortunate Events in a single night. This remains the only book that I’ve ever checked out of a public library, and it just could not hold my interest, so I had to return it unread. I think I turned it in past the due date, too, and I was so ashamed that I never wanted to enter that library again.

6. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
I love this movie. But the book felt somewhat juvenile to me, which was really strange considering the content. I kind of want to give it another go someday, though.

5. Intensity by Dean Koontz
I tried to read this a few months after I read Velocity by Koontz. The two stories are unrelated, but have the same feel. For some reason, Velocity sucked me in, but I could not get into Intensity. I’ll probably try it again another day.

4. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
My 5th grade class started reading this, got at least halfway through, and then my teacher decided to stop because everyone in the class already knew what happened. But not me. I had never read it and I had never seen the movies. Although now I have a pretty good idea about what happens, I’m still bitter about the whole thing.

3. Messenger by Lois Lowry
I loved The Giver. I got through Gathering Blue. The series lost so much steam by the time I got to Messenger that I was no longer interested. Plus I liked the ambiguous ending in The Giver and did not really want to find out what happened to Jonas.

2. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
Last year, I got into a severe reading funk and could not find anything that held my interest. I normally love Mitch Albom’s books, and this one was okay, it just was not for me at that particular moment.

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
My sister loves this series and I saw the first movie with her. I kind of liked it. I decided to give the book a shot. I got 40-ish pages in and could. not. go. on. All of the special lingo really got on my nerves. I’m not sure I can give it another shot. I’m kind of done with dystopia for awhile.


Do you guys ever decide to DNF? How do you make that decision? Any books on here that I must go back and read? Let me know!


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