To Not To Read Tag

Hello all!! Now I’m really rubbish at DNF’ing books- but there are more than a few books I wish I hadn’t finished, so I thought it would be fun to do this tag anyway!

Thank you so much to the awesome Rivermoose Reads for tagging me to do this one!!


Thank the person that tagged you (See above!)

Include ping-back to creator of tag (Icebreaker694)

Answer questions (See below!)

Tag other poor souls to do this (Trust me, I won’t)

Easy right?

Oh and only use books that you DNF as your answer hence the “to not to read” part

What book would you be willing to finish?

gulag archipelago

Well I could go with the rest of the book I’m currently reading, but I’m going to say the Gulag Archipelago, because I have read the first two volumes and have five more to go. It’s quite an undertaking- but I think it will be well worth it in the end.

A dystopian book that you put down.


I rarely put books down! I wish I’d given up on the Testing series though!!

A book that you just didn’t want to finish at all.

I wish Id dnf

A sequel.


There didn’t have to be a sequel to Twilight

A book you’ll never again pick up.


A book with too much hype.


The Bone Season was called the “next Harry Potter”- I think we can all agree that’s just setting it up for failure.

A haunting read.

I don’t think I read enough scary books to think of an answer- I guess I could have done without reading the Accident Season

A contemporary.

99 days

Totally not worth finishing

A book you were unsure of.


Boy did I struggle to get to the end of this!! I DNF’d it a million times before finishing it. I even lent it out to someone while I was still “reading” it to get another opinion (unfortunately this book did find its way back to me). Totally not worth it in the end.


A Novel Glimpse

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

A Back of the Envelope Calculation

Angelica @ The Book Cover Girls

Book Bum

Lost Art of Reading

Tiana @ The Book Raven

That was fun! What book do you wish you had DNF’d? Let me know in the comments below!

84 thoughts on “To Not To Read Tag

  1. I agree with Twilight not needing a sequel. The first book was good and I would have been fine with it but no… she continued. I feel that way about another series too but I’ll wait til you talk about it, hahahaha.

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  2. I didn’t like Wicked, either – the style felt really hard to get through, for some reason – I guess it was just because it was long-winded and full of really descriptive things for really small scenes, rather than feeling like an Oz re-telling – which should’ve been lighter and more subtle, I suppose?!

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  3. I never picked up Crossed. I don’t even care what happens to the characters of the book.
    The Bone Season is on my TBR but I didn’t know about ‘the next Harry Potter’ thing. Now, I’m unsure.
    Love your answers! ❤

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    1. Good call!!! Nor did I- I think I only read it cos a friend recommended it (though to this day I have no clue why).
      haha well as long as you bear in mind it’s not the next Harry Potter, you should be alright 😉
      Thank you!! ❤


  4. So many good points! Hush, Hush & Crossed both = *YAWN* And I’ve never thought about it, but you’re right, Twilight really didn’t need a sequel! Would have been fine as a standalone.

    I DNF books all the time, if I don’t like the after 20-50%, but whenever it’s an ARC I try extra hard to plow through…right now I’m struggling with an ARC of Pawn by Timonthy Zahn 😂 It’s probably going to turn out “ok,” like a 2-3 star, but I just hate to waste my time on a book I already know I won’t love. Still, maybe my experience will save another person from picking it up, if it’s not their thing either 🤞

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    1. Thank you!! Oh I know right!! Yes that’s what I always thought- I just thought it should have ended after she got bitten in the first book.
      Ahh it’s so hard for me- I wish I was better at it. Yes I completely get that!! Haha yes- there is that- sometimes I only finish a book to rant about it after, because some good may as well come out of the awful experience 😉

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  5. Thanks for the tag! I totally agree about Crossed. I wish I would have left that series alone. Book one wasn’t good. Book two was just plain bad. Book three almost killed me. I don’t know why I do these things to myself, but, oh well. I’ve never read The Bone Season but I do have a nice hardcover copy of it so I feel like I should at least give it a try, despite all the conflicting reviews of it. Maybe one day I’ll read it. Maybe not. Great answers!

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    1. You’re welcome!! Glad you agree!! Me too- I have no idea why I continued with it- and yes, it just got worse and worse. Hehe ah well I hope you enjoy it more than I did- I mostly had issues with the hype (though I wasn’t hugely fond of the plot) Thank you!!

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        1. Yeah- the main character’s a paedophile- so the only reason I actually read it was cos I set it at uni- but as you can imagine it was *really* hard to read. There is a lot you can get out of the book, but don’t expect to enjoy it!! Hope that makes sense!


    1. hehehehe it was crazy how many times I DNF’d that (and threw it at a wall 😉 ) but it is well written- so I hope you like it if you get a copy of it (though don’t expect to enjoy it and just generally expect to be freaked out!!)

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  6. Ah! How come I didn’t already know that you were in the ‘Lolita Cub’ as well? I know Donna dislikes it with passions as do I… I think I only managed about 50 pages and even that was pushing it… 😀

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      1. LOL 😀 Yes, I;m all in for the Lolita Club 😀 yes, I have been thinking that I will try to reread it because some people are like- ooh, magnificent writing, brilliant book, etc etc- and i’m like- feck, what did I miss? But I’m ‘kicking the can down the road’ so … eh… yeuch is right!

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    1. Thank you!! You’re welcome:D It is a beautifully written book… but yeesh was it hard to get through!! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s a bad book (it’s actually really interesting to analyse- I had to do it at uni) but man, the subject matter really got to me.

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  7. This is my kind of tag. I don’t DNF books often, but I almost always DNF books I’m not into. The only exceptions are for book clubs so I can cite specific examples as to my rage-hate of a book. XD

    Wicked. I DNF’d Wicked also. I just couldn’t get into it. It’s soooo different from the real Oz books. I get that, but I wanted something in a similar style. Did not work for me.

    My haunting read would be The Girl With All The Gifts. I couldn’t finish it because it was too graphic for me. Freaked me out like woah. But the writing is magnificent.

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    1. haha awesome!! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to do it (though no pressure) hahaha I totally get that- I do the same for book reviews. When I realise I’m going to be able to do a full on rage review, I keep going 😉 If it’s just meh, I’ve gotten much better about quitting.
      Ahh I DNF’d that sooo many times- I just couldn’t get to the end. Yeah it didn’t work for me either- the style really got in the way.
      Ahh fair enough!!! I keep seeing that in the library, picking it up and then putting it back… cos I’m not sure I’m over my squeamishness enough to read it 😉

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  8. I had no idea there were this many different DNF types, haha. I’m the sort that usually suffers through to the bitter end, but usually even for books I didn’t like, I can find something redeeming in the experience of reading them that makes up for it, such as self-published books that were a waste of time generally but had specks of decency here and there.

    But there is only one book that I would go back in time to stop myself reading if I could, and that’s We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash. It was staggeringly, jaw-droppingly horrible. Ludicrously inconsistent characters, a nonsensical plot with offensive statements and twists in virtually chapter (of the two major nonwhite characters, the guy was a porn dealer and the girl a voodoo practitioner who rapes her crush via her hypnosis), and everyone being stupid or intelligent at random. It remains to this day the only book that I have ever tossed in a recycling bin, because it was so terrible that I never want to inflict it on anyone else. And since it had a really intriguing blurb, it would be very easy to pick it up thinking it’d be a fun read – as I did – and get an insult to the craft of storytelling instead.

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    1. haha I’m the same!! I usually suffer through it. Though I do often find that i regret bothering :/
      Ahh I will bear that in mind- I hadn’t heard of it before, but will definitely avoid it if I come across it now- thanks for the heads up, that sounds horrible!! Ughh!!!


  9. Another great tag! And thanks for tagging me! ^^
    I don’t think I’d ever be able to pick up Lolita… Just thinking of it makes my skin crawl (no matter how much people praise it).
    I have some of these on my TBR but haven’t been super keen on starting them, either.

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