Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

It’s Tuesday guys, which means it’s time Top Ten Tuesday woohoo!!! Oh I’m actually not that excited, but I need to hype you guys up so you read my post hehehe. This week I’m talking about the books I abandoned, which is not a happy topic, nope. I very rarely abandon a book, which lately seems a bad practice, and I think I’ll start to DNF more in the future, for my mental health. I did this so few times that I didn’t even have 10 to fill up this post, so the last three will instead be the series I abandoned, after the first book. TTT is a weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things.


1. The Muse by Jessie Burton

the muse

I loved The Miniaturist, Burton’s debut novel. In fact, it’s one of my all-time favorites! So I expected quite a lot of Burton’s next book, and the cover raised the stakes, because look how gorgeous! And as soon as I started reading, something fell flat. I probably expected too much, I guess. Or it was the change in the setting, because my favorite part of The Miniaturist is that it’s set in the Netherlands – my favorite country. If I recall correctly, The Muse is a mediterranean novel, and it also lacked the magic vibe which the first novel had. I don’t know if I’ll ever read it, it’s on the back-burner.

2. The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan


I’ve probably read 50% of this amazing novel before I fell into an enormous slump. It lasted a long time and naturally, I forgot most of the plot, because that’s how my brain works (Good for rereads though!). So, instead of forcing it, which I’d probably have done with a regular novel, I decided to leave it, and wait for a better time. The better time may be next month, who knows? I just know that this kind of novel deserves complete devotion, it’s not a flip-through!

3. The Mermaid by Christina Henry

The Mermaid

Again, I expected something else. Christina Henry was recommended to me by many friends, and all of them said to start with Alice or The Lost Boy (Henry writes dark retellings of Fairy Tales), but I was drawn to this one because The Little Mermaid is my favorite Fairy Tale. When you say a dark retelling, I expect murder, blood, mayhem, I mean what is dark to you? I was bored at 40% so I decided to pause and then a long time went by, and then you know I forgot everything. I will continue though, because the writing was good, and I may by surprised by something dark in the next 60% right?

4. The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea

The Glass Woman

I saw an Icelandic setting so I thought Burial Rites. It is not. It was boring, the main heroine was stupid, so I drifted away at about 30%. I will finish it, not because it’s really good, but because it’s an ARC and I want to do this right. … Is it like really bad if you DNF an ARC? Someone please let me know. Is it unethical? I may listen to audio, as I still have my free month of Scribd, I hardly doubt I’ll read it.

5. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House

I was SO excited for this novel, and then it came out and I started reading and… it wasn’t the right time, I think? It’s not that I didn’t love it, but it didn’t grip me either, so I let it go fairly early, so it’s almost as like I haven’t read it at all. I’ll try again, definitely, because I really love Bardugo, and it sounds like something I’d love. Maybe it has a slow start?

6. The Silmarillion by Tolkien

The Silmarillion

Confession time: way back in 2014, when I read Silmarillion, I didn’t like all the parts, so I skipped those and gave 5 stars to the parts I loved. xD I didn’t have the faintest idea how the 5-star system works (sometimes I still don’t), so basically, Silmarillion is my very first DNF, oops. I still don’t think I’d enjoy those boring parts, so I’ll leave it at that. I did LOVE the story of Beren and Luthien, so I bought that book and something good came out of this.

7. Creatures of Want and Ruin by Molly Tanzer

Creatures of Want and Ruin

I was tricked! I thought Creatures of Want and Ruin was a sequel to Creatures of Will and Temper, but I guess Molly Tanzer just wants her standalone novels to match in title and cover??? The third, upcoming one lost the cover but the title again matches? This is not a series! Ugh. I will still read it, because it’s an ARC, but you can forget about the third one missy!

*After a second look – the third novel with a matching title is actually going to be the first one in a new series?? Lady. What.

Series I abandoned

8. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

the invisible library

I didn’t abandon this series because it’s bad – I really liked it! I was just overwhelmed with all the other books at the time. I still plan to continue this cool steampunk series, just not yet. I will need to refresh book one so I guess I’ll rummage around for some good reviews!

9. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


I liked this one too, here’s a review. It’s a duology, so I only have one left, so I guess I’ll make time for it soon. The problem is – I forgot – not even my own review makes sense hahaha. I also have the prequel in my ARCs so I’ll have to speed this up.

10. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands

This series just wasn’t for me. It’s a typical YA romance/fantasy with a hollow heroine, and a fantasy system done in an oh-so-familiar mold, but dressed in an Arabic setting. I love 1001 nights and Arabic themes, but throwing that on a book doesn’t make it sPeCiAl Karen. Alwyn. Whatever. Maybe a native would write this better, just a wild guess.

*I see Hamilton is starting a new series – this time German-inspired. Authors! Either walk in the shoes (V.E.Schwab is a great example) or don’t disgrace a foreign culture. Or, you know, invent a culture? You are writing fantasy?


So, these are my abandoneese (?), out of which only 3 will stay so, and I’ll probably read the rest. I will also try to DNF more in the future for my sake, but you guys know how hard it can be, after all the time you put into reading, and the money you spend on the book, and it somehow just doesn’t feel right? Why and when do you DNF? What’s the breaking point for you? Let me know in the comments and have a fabulous week! ❤

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

  1. I still haven’t gotten around to reading Ninth House yet either. Hopefully it was just a case of not the right book at the right time and you’ll enjoy it more the next time you pick it up. 🙂

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  2. Hi! Those Molly Tanzer book titles certainly sound sneaky. I’ve not read any of these yet, although perhaps a DNF list isn’t the best place to search for recommendations!
    Although I’ve been keeping track of my reading for many years now, I don’t actually list my DNFs. I’m curious – what are the benefits or is it just a natural part of your reading process?

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    1. Hi Isobel, thank you for reading my post! It is sneaky in a way to trick you on the first glance into thinking you’re picking up a sequel, or a novel set in the same world, but if you read the blurbs, it’s clear these are unrelated books, but I didn’t do that. 🙂 I attached my review to Tanzer’s first novel, which I loved.

      Well a DNF list isn’t the best place for recommendations, but you can see my list isn’t about the books I hated – I will actually read at least 7 of these! 🙂 I just wasn’t in the mood for these books at the time, and I used them to fill out this list.

      I don’t see any benefits for creating a DNF list, and it’s not a part of my reading process, it was just a prompt for Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly discussion challenge I’ve been following for years. 🙂

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  3. “I love 1001 nights and Arabic themes, but throwing that on a book doesn’t make it sPeCiAl Karen.”

    SERIOUSLY. I love diversity and all, but why follow exactly the same formula as other books? Originality is not dead and I’m so tired of that excuse.

    So far, I DNF’d one book this year and it took me longer than it should have. I’m sure you know the title. At least it was a library book.

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    1. Yesss! That’s the opposite of diversity if you ask me. 🤔 A lot of American authors seem to think the exoticness of a foreign country will get them readers but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t research or be original. 😑

      Yeah it’s kind of okay if it’s a library book lol, you didn’t spend any money. I’ll try to DNF more because I shouldn’t spend time on a bad book when there are so many good ones waiting. 😁

      Which one did you DNF? If you already told me I’m sorry, my brain is elderly. 😂🙈

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      1. It really is! There are so many other issues in other countries besides mine that can be represented in fiction, but we Americans tend to be cowards. 🙄

        Right! DNF-ing is ✨self-care✨.

        Oh, the book was Serpent & Dove. It was just… well, you already know, so yeah. 😂

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        1. Hmm I didn’t really mean issues, more like cultures, but I guess you’re right, I don’t know? xD Like, The Hate You Give is a good example of an US author presenting a US issue, so it does happen, but I meant setting your fantastical world into Russia or Germany or Saudi Arabia, without ever visiting or doing the proper research, and just using the setting as to sound more exotic? I’ve seen a couple of US authors do that, but I’m sure it goes the other way around! Also, I did read some which were properly researched and I loved those. 🙂

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        2. Yeah, I mentioned issues because they can also be represented in fantasy and it would be refreshing. Original! But I’m not trying to downplay my country’s issues or anything. I just get annoyed by the lack of research that should be liberating a writer from mainstream, US-centric thinking, if that makes sense.

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        3. Ooops, sorry, when I say ‘Americans’ you should know I don’t mean you, of course. xD Not the regular people – I’m usually referring to the politicians, Hollywood bigwigs, and people who think themselves larger than life – which I’ve seen several times in authors actually. Also, this author is Canadian, I was actually going to type US, UK, Canada and Australia but it was too long, what I meant was native English speakers. Hope I didn’t offend you. 😦 I actually don’t think of you guys as cowards! 🙂

          Haha well you could have mentioned it, but yeah my brain keeps data for a couple of hours and then it restarts. xD Yeah, I won’t be reading that one. :S

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        4. Oh, I wasn’t offended at all! Americans in general really do give me a headache sometimes. I was just letting off some steam. There’s this mindset that the rest of the world is the US, and it’s created some big yikes such as A Place for Wolves. I guess it’s not that common, but man do I hate encountering it.

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