Top Five Tuesday: Books I Almost DNF’d (But Now Love?)

It is official! I, Sha, have decided to hop on this Top 5 Tuesday train. I’ll admit, I became insanely envious of the great topics Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm (O: almost name twin?) was coming up with and how can I say no to a chance to go on and on and on about books?

I DO want to disclaim right here and now that none of the following books were ever at risk of a DNF. If you’ve read a few of my reviews, you may have picked up on the fact that, uh, I fear the great D. N. of F. What if I miss the best finale ever? A character’s bone-chilling arc to greatness? If I DNF, it’s because a book is really bad: the writing lacks finesse, the plot is all-over, and/or the characters are vastly under-developed. These books? They just had a few bumps before I realized their true glory.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Click cover for Goodreads info. Click here for my review.

I requested this book on NetGalley after seeing the summary (it was so so good) and obviously NetGalley doesn’t show page numbers. Needless to say when I opened to chapter one on my Kindle and saw I was at location 62 of SEVEN THOUSAND, I lost a little breath. THEN the first chapter of this book threw me for a ride, where the main character is running in a woods with no clue where he’s going or even who he is. It was all so confusing I quit the book for a day … then picked it back up, stayed up all night reading, and realized this was my favourite mystery novel of all time.

Asking for It, Louise O’Neill

Asking For It

Click cover for Goodreads info. Click here for my review.

The first third of the book was haaaard to get through. Emma O’Donovan was unlikeable: she bitched at her friends and flaunted her sexuality to get attention (from all the wrong types). Time and time again I wanted to shake her like, “What are you doing this is so foolish!!” But O’Neill constructed Emma’s character for a reason, and everything I disliked made sense as the novel progressed. 

Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Click cover for Goodreads info. Click here for my review.

It’s not that I ever wanted to jump ship while reading SOC, but I hardcore avoiding reading this book for the loooongest time. I would see it in stores on sale. Nope. Person after person recommended the book. Nope. I can’t put my finger on why, the summary was good enough. Some books just don’t get me instantly like, YES. Add to my list!! I did enjoy when I read, but it’s not something I rave about.

The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Click cover for Goodreads info. Click here for my review.

The series I now cry about at every opportunity did INDEED have a rocky start for me! I mean, the moment I opened the book and read the first word I was like, OMG. LOVE. LOVE. But this book sat in my cart for soooo long because I couldn’t decide if I could allow myself to possibly fall in love with a character who was accused of murdering his wives. I DID THO. I ALLOWED MYSELF. AND IT WAS WONDERFUL. 

Slayer, Kiersten White

Slayer (Slayer, #1)

Click cover for Goodreads info. My review coming January 7 2019.

I’m still keeping a lot of my thoughts hush hush until closer to release date (I think I take the “please wait until at least one month” warning from pubs way too serious) but omigosh, the final verdict is Kiersten White was a perfect choice for a Slayer book. This book had moments that gave me pause, but I can feel a new Slayer era awakening in its pages.

What books did you almost DNF (or like me, avoided/disliked) until true love struck? Do we share any of the same answers? 


41 thoughts on “Top Five Tuesday: Books I Almost DNF’d (But Now Love?)

    1. 7 1/2 was, like I said, slow to start but one you’re in, you’re sucked into that world. I couldn’t tear myself away until I finished, even if that meant I was up until 3 AM when I had work at 7 the next morning. It is *very* worth it.


  1. I was SO nervous about The Wrath and the Dawn. Like you said it was all about love and marriage and all things that lead to insta love. But it wasn’t like that at all! I loved it too!
    Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂


  2. I absolutely adore Wrath & the Dawn so I’m glad it won you over, too!! Also I’m unreal levels of jealous that you got to read Slayer in advance! I’m dying to get my hands on a copy!!

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    1. Whenever someone asks me for a book recommendation, I casually (but actually not casually) insist on Wrath&Dawn. It must win over the world!!

      I was shocked I got a copy myself?? My wish was granted on NetGalley … the first I’ve ever had granted. But getting the ARC may have been a gift and a curse, because now I’m just left impatient for the sequel :’)

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      1. Did you enjoy the sequel as much? Or do you just recommend book 1? I just think Renee’s writing style is beautiful, poetic, and worthy of being fawned over! =D

        Hahah! I hear ya! I’m counting down the days till I can get my hands on a finished copy, but then I know I’ll be kicking myself for not waiting closer to the pub date for book 2! Life of a reader I suppose! lol

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      2. Oh, definitely read the sequel as well. It perfectly ties up the duology and Khalid and Shazi’s relationship is even better in book two, if it’s even possible??? Also, another chance for more Renee writing. 😀

        One of the many struggles we must deal with lol.

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  3. Hi Sha! Welcome to the fun! I want to read Slayer (and hope that when I do it won’t be a DNF either). All the Bright Places was nearly a DNF for me…

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  4. So happy to see you ended up loving The Seven 1/2 Deaths! I’ve been hearing amazing things about it so I cannot wait to read it and see if the hype is real!
    I could totally understand why you almost DNFed The Wrath and The Dawn and Six of Crows, because they both have very slow beginnings, but in my opinion they are so worth it😊.

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    1. As far as I’m concerned, the hype is SO. REAL. All the real! Once I got into Seven Deaths I was entirely sucked into Turton’s world. And yes, the beginning of Wrath and SoC are slow, but do pick up — it all goes to the great worldbuilding the authors did. A slow beginning is not a bad thing! Just my lazy reader self getting to bad habits and expecting quick action. 🙂

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    1. The Raven Boys… Hmm. I haven’t heard of that one. It’s frustrating when a first book in a series doesn’t live up to expectations. The rest of the series can be *fantastic* but you have to work overtime to convince everyone else to give it a chance!!

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  5. I was sucked in by SoC and TWatD immediately. I have to be honest, I wouldn’t even be able to do this topic, because I am a big DNFer. I think I give a book a fair shake – I force myself to read at least 20 – 25%, but I am not a push through time of girl.

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    1. Sometimes I wish I could just DNF books when they don’t appeal to me. I see all the upsides–not forcing myself through something I don’t enjoy, saving time for something better–but I’m just too curious about what I might miss. But let’s wait and see a few months in my blogging future, I may be done with that strategy 😂

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  6. I’m currently struggling to get into Evelyn Hardcastle so I’m glad to hear it gets better! And I’ve never picked up Six of Crows either, the hype scares me!

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    1. Yes, stick through because Evelyn Hardcastle was an amazingly developed mystery. Once I got into it the thrills never stopped. The hype is what scared me away from SoC!! When I finally read it, I found that I enjoyed, just not as much as I *would* have if everyone hadn’t sworn up and down it was the be-all-end-all of fantasy before I even saw the cover page.

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  7. OMG!!! HOW did you get an ARC of Slayer??? I have emailed twice and tried Edelweiss and had no luck! Another book blogger and I wanted to buddy read it and make a big deal on our blogs and IG but neither one of us could get it!

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    1. Magic. Haha, I mean, it may as well have been magic? My wish was granted on NetGalley (the first I’ve ever had granted). I don’t know how wishes are picked, if it’s completely random or if there’s some influence…? But I’m soooo grateful, I started the ARC the minute I downloaded it. O:

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      1. So jealous!! Lol. Myself and another blogger emailed for physical arcs and requested on Edelweiss and have had no luck! We wanted to buddy read and make a big deal about it lmao. They have been so super selective on arcs for it!

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