Tuesday, 5 June 2018

TTT (27) - Top Ten Books I Need to try Again

Books I decided to DNF too quickly, is this week's great topic chosen by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Read up on the rules here and join in on the Top Ten Tuesday fun.

I normally don't DNF books. I feel like I need to finish the book once I've started it. Maybe it gets better. Perhaps I'm not being fair. I still want to know how it ends. All reasons, why I usually continue and don't stop.

Basically, I'm not okay with DNFing. But, I am getting better at it. I'm getting older, and well...there's not enough hours for all the books I want to read.

In hindsight, there are books, I probably should have just given up on. I'm looking at you, Infinite Jest. It took me almost two years to get through it...

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I tried 3 times so far and couldn't get through it, but I definitely want to read it one day, because I love the man otherwise.
  2. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. It can't be that I as a fantasy reader gave up on this book.
  3. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. I'll get through you, one day! I will!
  4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I don't know why I struggled, but I gave up.
  5. Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos. The epistolary format did my head in.
As I said, I don't DNF often, so that's my list for now. Do you usually DNF? Or do you struggle to do so?

18 comments:


  1. Oh, Frankenstein was a great story. It did have slow pacing, though.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you.

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  2. I think Frankenstein IS worth trying again some day. Maybe a different format will help? Is it available on Serial Reader, for example? Audio? I was surprised when I finished it that I really did consider it worthwhile.

    Lisa @ https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-chose-to-not-finish/

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    1. Oh, Serial Reader! Good idea :)

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  3. Too bad you can’t seem to get through American Gods since you’ve enjoyed his other work. I very rarely DNF. I’m usually pretty good at picking what I know I’ll like... but there are always exceptions. :)
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Http://girlplusbooks.blogspot.com

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    1. I read so many different things, I keep being tempted to try new things and then end up choosing something I did not like.

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  4. I DNF so much. If it doesn't catch me the first couple chapters, I won't finish it. I get too distracted.

    One of the reasons I do finish though, when I don't really want to, is that I really want to see how it ends.

    Our TTT http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2018/06/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-dnfd-too-quickly.html

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  5. I'm not a DNF'er myself, so I totally understand your points! I'm struggling through Red Rising, but I'm still determined to finish it... some day :)

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  6. I don't DNF books normally. I usually just push through the book and give a low rating. I understand the reasons people DNF though!

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  7. It's so hard with books like this because in some cases I want to try again but I just never make them a priority? The Way of Kings looks really good but it's so immense????

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  8. I love The Way of Kings, but it is huge and definitely takes a while to get into. Sanderson just has so much in his worlds that it's a bit daunting--but totally worth it!

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  9. I haven't read Neil Gaiman, but have seen he is popular with younger readers (I am older..LOL). I have a short list also and am a new follower!!
    http://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/06/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-shouldve.html

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  10. I finally read American Gods recently, but you're right, it's a struggle. And if you're an audiobook listener I'd highly recommend Dan Steven's narration of Frankenstein!

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  11. Oh I do want to read American Gods! I absolutely loved his "The Graveyard book" and i want to try his other works!!

    Uma@Books.Bags.Burgers.

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    1. You should try "The Ocean at the end of the Lane"

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  12. Olivia! Urgh. Obviously I'm still YEARS behind (it seems) with my blog and I'm sorry I've been so dang slack! But I'm here and hopefully back on the train.....

    I want to read Gaiman - I haven't yet! I'm sorry you've struggled with American Gods though.

    I hope that you've been well? How's the running going? The vertigo? Hope to catch up soon!

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    1. Just hopping over to your blog :)

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