Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Did Not Finish

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Lainey from gingerreadslainey posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five books you DNF—also known as did not finish. It’s very rare that I don’t finish a book—other than school assignments—so this list was a little hard.

Check out my top five picks below and let me know what you think in the comments!

1. Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore

I discovered Wreck and Order via Blogging for Books. The beautiful cover and description of an aimless young women who makes the dramatic change by traveling to Paris and Sri Lanka drew me in. Blogging for Books sent me an ARC and I’m currently reading the book, but it’s way different than expected and I can see it becoming a DNF. 

2. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

So I read City of Bones—the first book in Clare’s series—back in high school. And after that ending (anyone who’s read the series knows what I’m talking about) I was just too mad to continue. I picked City of Bones back up a couple months ago and binge-read the series. So really this is a more put on hold than did not finish, but still.

3. Emma by Jane Austen

Jane Austen is like my all time favorite author, and Pride and Prejudice is the book that jumpstarted my love for reading. That being said, Austen’s Emma remains half-read on my bookshelf at home. I’ve seen the Gwyneth Paltrow movie and enjoyed it, but my copy is just so thick and daunting that I haven’t gotten around to it.

if i stay4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I picked up this book in high school and didn’t complete it—for some reason I just wasn’t compelled by Mia and her relationship with Adam. Then the movie hit Netflix. I sat alone in my room on a Friday night completely sobbing over the film. So similar to The Mortal Instruments series I picked up the book again and finally completed it, years later.

5. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

So this is one of many high school required readings that I just never finished. I tried it, hated it, gave up, and still wrote an essay on it—which I surprisingly got an A on. Other assigned classics that I DNF include Crime and Punishment and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


4 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Did Not Finish

  1. Danica says:

    I got through City of Bones but I don’t think I will be picking up the others any time soon. I think I will just stick to the audiobooks perhaps because I did here it gets better. I liked If I Stay but I have no idea why there is a sequel ‘Where She Went’. I feel like it would be better as a stand alone so I don’t know if I’ll get to it. Great list!

    Danica @ A Redheaded Bookworm


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