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Book Talk: My D-N-F List

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Okay let’s get this in the way. What is a D-N-F list? DNF stands for Did Not Finish and it is commonly used by bloggers on social media. Y’know, we are the generation that makes everything fast and easy.

Heh. So anyway, inasmuch as I hate the thought of not finishing books/series, there are moments that you just can’t help but PUT. THE. BOOK. DOWN. Just to make myself clear, though, this list contains books/series that:

  • I did not finish; left the book mid-part
  • I started the series but I’ve been putting t off for far too long
  • I don’t think I’ll continue reading the other books anytime soon

I want to post about it because I saw the books sitting so pretty on my bookshelf and I have this feeling of guilt. I, for one, am the type of reader that gives second chances. Meaning, if I read a series and ended up not liking the first book, I still get the sequel and read it hoping for redemption. If I read a standalone book and didn’t quite like how it started, I try to re-read again until I get into it.

However, there are some books that I wish I’d have the time to read again just so I won’t have this list anymore. But you know what they say, “so many books so little time” and you got to use your time very wisely.

I’ll divide this post in 3 parts… And as early as now, I apologize if some books here happen to be your favorites. This is just me, talking. 😉

Part I: Books I put down mid-way

  • The Girl With All the Gifts by MJ Carey

This book has been on my shelf since December so I decided to read it once and for all. But sadly, it didn’t hit me as much as I expected it to be. The premise was intriguing and it really has a potential but it wasn’t executed in a way that would make me read it all way through the end. I’m still hoping to read this though.

  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I heard a lot of good things about this book and I was so excited to finally read it. It started pretty good, I like how it is written then it went too slow like nothing is happening at all. I tried reading it again but it felt really slow. I am disappointed that I didn’t finish it and I wasn’t able to enjoy it like the others BUT I am seriously planning to read it this year ‘cause I really want to enjoy reading it.

  • The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

DNF-ing this book is partly my fault. I read it a time when I was on a reading slump and with books like this, you should read it when you are stable and very much pumped up. Because the narrative is really good and you root for the characters, however, at that time it went slow that I wasn’t too eager to finish it. I blame myself but again, I will do my best to read it this year.

Part II: Sequels that I’ve been putting off for too long

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

This series is probably the most hyped series on #bookstgram. It’s  all around! And I feel so left out for not being able to continue with the series. I’ve read Cinder and Scarlet, the first two books, and now it has 4 other books?! Are you kidding me? I’m so behind everyone! But I’ll get to that. If only I win a box-set or something. Haha. I will read the whole series soon! (uhm not so soon but one of these days…)

  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

First of all, I loved the first book. A lot of people didn’t really enjoy it but I did. I read it in 2014 and it was really a wonderful book. The sequel, The Invasion of the Tearling, came out last year and I was so eager to get it but I the edition I want wasn’t available. That’s the simple explanation. Until it was set aside for too long now and I feel bad about it… Hmmm

  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu

One of my favorite female characters is June Paradis from the Legend Series, which is also one of my favorites.  That being said, I expected a lot when The Young Elites came out. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too attached to the story or characters that much. Maybe I grew tired of villainous characters who happen to have the lead roles as well…? It has a good set up and story line but it lacks depth. But I will read The Rose Society when I get the chance.

  • Firedbird Series by Claudia Gray

I read A Thousand Pieces of You, the first book, so long ago that I don’t remember the whole story. I think it wasn’t that memorable that’s why I haven’t picked up the sequel yet.  But I see many people who love it and I am willing to give it another chance. (it has very beautiful cover, by the way)

  • A Song of Ice and Fire by GRR Martin

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! Ha! I know I’m too lame but I am stuck on book 4!!! I’ve been reading A Feast of Crows for months now!!! (no, really, I left the book untouched since April) WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME! I will, however, continue the series these coming cold months. Because Winter is here!


Part III: Series that I don’t think I will finish anytime soon

  • The Hush Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick

There was a time in my life where I enjoyed vampires and fallen angels. Haha. If you’re a reader, you know what I mean. I enjoyed the first three books of Hush Hush, but I don’t know why I wasn’t able to finish the whole series. I guess I’ve been putting it off knowing that I’ll get back to it but now I just don’t have the time and willingness to finish it. Note, I don’t even know how it ended. Hmmm might as well read some spoilers…

  • Shatter Me Series byTahere Mafi

I’m so sorry to everyone who loves this series. I really am. But I just don’t like it… It has too many clichés, too many metaphors and too annoying lead characters. Everything didn’t add up. I read the first book, Shatter Me, and I was already disappointed because there was so much hype!!! But I gave it a chance and read the sequel, Unravel Me, and yet again I felt lost and confused why people love it. It’s not for me, sadly.


There you have it! If you love one of these books, I do hope that we’re still friends, yeah? Hehehe 🙂 And tell me about your DNF List!







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  • Reply
    Clara Cheng
    July 23, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    The only book I’ve left unfinished so far is Fallen by Lauren Kate. I don’t know why it just didn’t click and I totally couldn’t feel the connection with lead characters. And worse, I’d tried to read the book twice, and miserably failed. Ha. So I don’t think I’ll pick up the book again, not to mention continue reading the series.

    • Reply
      July 23, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      That book was so popular a few years back, right? I feel bad whenever I don’t finish a book but if it isn’t for me then why should I force myself. Haha

    • Reply
      July 23, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      hah! me too! good thing i only borrowed the book. i didn’t like it. meh.

      • Reply
        July 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm

        Sometimes I think I should read an e-book first before buying anything. Hahaha because space problems and money probs! LOL

  • Reply
    July 25, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    i agree with you on The Shock of the Fall being a slow read, but once you get reach a certain peak things start to speed up and the story’s flow is smoother. Hope you give it another go, it’s a lovely book 🙂
    x Trisha

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