Five Books I Recently DNF’ed

Hello everyone!

DNF posts are ALWAYS controversial, but I love reading them. Differing views make the world go round.
I don’t mean to offend anyone if any of these books are your favourite. For each book, I included an explanation of why I DNF’ed it. One of my pet peeves is when someone DNF or rates a book a low rating without explaining why. You’re entitled to your opinion, yes, but I want to know WHY!!!


So, without further ado…..


the bone ship

I DNF’ed The Bone Ships at 35%.
I had a really hard time getting into the story and connecting with the characters and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I really wanted to love this one, but the difficult world building, my inability to connect with the characters, and the slow pace made reading a slog.

I DNF’ed at 43%.

I tried. I really did.

The writing style is lyrical and beautiful, but I could not connect with any aspect of the novel. The main character felt flat and the pacing of the novel was inconsistent.
I wanted to love this novel, but the explanation of the magic system is nonexistent or hand waved away. The world itself is incredibly interesting, but is isn’t developed well enough to foster any fascination or will to continue reading.



the bird king

I DNF’ed at 50%.

I really wanted to love The Bird King, but its slow pace and almost nonexistent plot left me incredibly unsatisfied and bored. Regrettably, the novel after the 30% mark is incredibly slow paced and boring. It’s a chore to read because nothing happens and the characters are not fleshed out enough to make readers care about their journey. I wish the entire novel had taken place within the setting of the first 30% since it seemed like Wilson was setting up an intense political fantasy.



all the little lights
I DNF’ed 92%.

The one word I would use to describe All the Little Lights is irresponsible.

All the Little Lights is about 200 pages too long. It’s incredibly slow paced with nothing happening other than typical, juvenile high school drama. McGuire employs the mean girl trope with the unpopular main character cliché. These coupled with the star quarterback falling in love with the unpopular main character who then becomes popular herself made All the Little Lights one big eye roll.

See my full review on Goodreads for the spoiler reason I DNF’ed the novel at 92%.



The Bloodprint

I DNF’ed at 284 of 425 pages.

The Bloodprint sounds like such an awesome fantasy novel that revolves around kickass female characters and an in-depth use of religion all wrapped up with feminist tones. Unfortunately, The Bloodprint is a poorly written novel that is not what it’s advertised to be.

The blurb on the front comparing this to N.K. Jemisin and George R.R. Martin is an insult to those amazing writers.


Have you DNF’ed any of these? What are some of your recently DNF’ed books?

7 thoughts on “Five Books I Recently DNF’ed

  1. I always love these DNF posts because I know so many readers who plow through even when they aren’t enjoying a book. Sorry to hear about The Bone Ships, though! I hope to tackle it by the end of the year, so well see how it goes for me😁

  2. Oh man you are firing off some big shots over there!! Lol. The Bone Ships seems like a love it or hate it book and nothing about the blurb really speaks to me despite rave reviews so I’m thinking I might skip. The Bird King I already own so I guess I’ll have to at least try it. And I’m actually shocked about Uprooted because it seems so universally loved, but again, nothing about that blurb ever really spoke to me (I think I’m burnt out on retellings) so I’ve always avoided it.

    1. The only book that was I iffy about the synopsis was Uprooted, but since the hype was real I figured why not?

      I really tried with The Bone Ships and feel like I’m one of the only people who didn’t like it. Some people I really trust for book recommendations loved it, so I was really confused when I didn’t feel the same.

      I hope you enjoy The Bird King more than I did. Again, I tried. It’s got an interesting premise and I wanted to read more muslim fantasy, but that wasn’t the book for me.

      1. I was also concerned about The Bone Ships, and I don’t think you are the only one who DNF’d. I know I’ve seen at least one other person say the same but I think there were a couple (and I think I’ve seen iffy reviews for the author in general, which is why I’ve been hesitant to pick it up).

        I probably won’t get to The Bird King any time soon but hopefully it will work (and if it doesn’t I’ll probably toss it in the DNF pile too!).

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