Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That I Should Have Quit


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by the team over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is ten bookish things I want to quit or have quit. So what I’ve decided to feature today are ten books that I finished reading, but should have quit or DNFed. I actually rarely DNF books (and I haven’t DNFed anything this year) but in hindsight, these are the ones I should have given up on. All of these books received 1 to 2.5 stars from me.

1. 99 Days – Katie Cotugno

This book had the most frustrating characters and plot. The main character, Molly, makes the same mistakes over and over again. By about page 100, I realised that she was repeating the same mistakes that drove her out of town in the first place but I was hoping that she’d redeem herself. Unfortunately, that never happened and the book pretty much ended where it began.

2. The Replacement Wife – Rowena Wiseman

It was obvious from the first paragraph that this novel (novella?) had terrible writing. But I was hoping that the plot would be interesting enough for me to overlook it. Sadly, the plot was terrible and the main character makes one bad decision after another. She was selfish and annoying and it was pretty hard for me to deal with her. I ended up finishing the book because it was only about 150 pages long but the ending was also very unsatisfying.

3. Starry Night – Isabel Gilles

A couple of pages into the book, it became apparent that I wasn’t going to connect with the writing. It sounded very juvenile and the characters also did not act their age. I persisted, but the plot didn’t do anything for me. There were so many unnecessary things that happened in the book and none of it was very original either (to be fair, it’s a contemporary so not many things can be original… but you know what I mean).

4. The Selection – Kiera Cass

I don’t think I need to elaborate on this one. I only continued because I had already bought all three of the books in the trilogy. Plus there’s something very addictive about crappy and underdeveloped plots.

5. Ulysses – James Joyce

My problem with this book was the writing. I found it super hard to understand what was going on and there were so many stream of consciousness sections! I had to refer to summaries online after each chapter to make sure I was following. Besides the difficulty I had understanding the text, the rest of it was pretty good. It was a bit long and draggy at times because this beast of a book is all set within 24 hours.

6. Even When You Lie To Me – Jessica Alcott

This book really bored me. This book was sectioned off into months and we got to see what happened to the main character each month of the year. I found this to be so problematic because there were some months where nothing happened, but we still got a whole chapter on it! The main character is very negative and self-deprecating and I hated reading from her perspective. I should have DNFed this because I had no idea what I was supposed to have taken away from the book after I finished it.

7. Fans of the Impossible Life – Kate Scelsa

To be fair, there was nothing that gave me ‘DNF alerts’ while I was reading this novel. Most of the problems I had with it were the messages (see my linked review for my rant). But I really disliked the writing style of this book. It was written from three different perspectives and each perspective was written in a different person narration. I didn’t understand the point of it.

8. Love Hurts – Malorie Blackman

This is a collection of short stories curated by Malorie Blackman. After the first couple of stories, I realised that this was a collection of excerpts from previously published works! There were about 25 stories in this anthology, but only a handful of them were original short stories! Some of the excerpts were unnecessarily long and some were only a page long. I felt really cheated.

9. Risk – Fleur Ferris

This was another book that had writing that I couldn’t connect with. The main character’s voice was very juvenile and I thought the characters didn’t act their age. I kept persisting because this was the first ever book for #bookclubaus but I really didn’t like this book very much.

10. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

I didn’t find this book to be funny at all. I couldn’t connect with Greg, the main character and I didn’t like Earl or the dying girl very much either. I just found this novel to be very boring.

Do you have any books that you wish you had quit?

39 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That I Should Have Quit

  1. Briana says:

    Yeah…I read The Selection and The Elite because I won copies from Epic Reads. I guess I liked them in a “so bad they’re kind of hilarious” way, but I really should have stopped. I didn’t read the last book, though, and I’m definitely not going to start The Heir series!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      The One was probably the best one out of the three but it was still kind of terrible. Everything was so underdeveloped and they never resolved the whole rebel issue. Just terrible. When The Heir came out I was sucked in by the hype and now I’ll have to get the next book too because I seem to be unable to DNF series…

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      • Briana says:

        This is too funny! I probably would have been more tempted to read The One, except then The Heir was announced and it made it obvious who was going to win in the love triangle so…there wasn’t much else to look forward to. I think the rebel plot line should be resolved, but I never thought it was that compelling.


    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Yeah! Everyone seems to love and rave about this book but I thought it was kinda boring and not funny at all. The story wasn’t great – it was like slice-of-life – and I really didn’t like any of the three main characters. The only thing that I thought was kind of interesting was the format of it.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I know right?! Eadlyn was so annoying! There’s actually nothing good about her apart from how pretty her name is. Hopefully she redeems herself in the next book (because I have to finish series). But I really don’t see myself picking up anything else by Kiera Cass.

      A lot of people love Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It really depends if you enjoy the humour. I, unfortunately, didn’t connect with the humour so I found it really plain and boring.

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      • rosemawrites says:

        YES, she is annoying and YES her name is actually awesome! πŸ˜€ I think I will also finish this series. If it is disappointing again, I think I have to quit Kiera, too!

        Oh. Thank you! I think I’ll see it myself. πŸ™‚

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      It’s especially annoying for me when I think there will be some great message to take away, but it ends up not coming through to the reader. There’s nothing that I find more frustrating than finishing a book and not knowing what I was supposed to take away from it. I could have just not wasted my time with the book.


  2. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    I cannot read James Joyce. I totally agree, his writing is basically impossible to access. I have only ever read him for school/university. If I am remembering rightly he references other works constantly too? Like mythological things? I remember constantly asking myself who his intended audience was. I got the impression you would have to have read SO widely to even begin to know what he was on about.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I probably shouldn’t have started with Ulysses… It’s just the biggest and most intimidating book. Now I’m really hesitant to pick up anything else by James Joyce. But there was all this hype about Bloomsday and reading Ulysses in June so I did it. There were so many references to other works and people, and I probably only understood about 10% of those. It was a real struggle to get through it. I was so relieved when I finally got to the end… especially since the last chapter had no punctuation (if I remember correctly?). It was just a huge slab of text that went on for about 60 pages. I skim read so many sections because I didn’t understand what was going on. Thank goodness there are summaries and guides online!


  3. vlangloisx3 says:

    Aww I really wanted to read Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl because the movie is out, but I can see why it could be boring. I haven’t read anything on your list, I think because most of it is contemporary, and I tend to steer clear of that genre (for now at least)

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I heard that the movie is pretty good. But I feel like that could be really boring as well if you don’t connect with it because the book doesn’t have much of a plot…

      I definitely read more contemporary so my list is mostly contemporary. And I think because I haven’t read as many in the fantasy genre, I don’t know what things to look for. Usually the fantasy novels that other reviewers find predictable and unoriginal, I’m usually okay with because, chances are, I haven’t read anything like it HAHA.


    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I can definitely see the audiobook being better. When I read the physical book, the characters voices just seemed so juvenile to me, so it would be great to have somebody narrate it. But, I probably won’t be giving Risk another go for a while. It still leaves a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth.


  4. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    I wish I had quit Risk as well, but I guess it was such a short read it didn’t matter as much haha. Here’s a couple of titles on here such as Me, Earl and The Dying Girl that I have absolutely no desire to read and I pat myself on the back for that decision now πŸ˜‰

    a book I wish I quit: 50% of the stuff I request on NG to be honest. I get sucked into it by the pretty covers and then find that all the books I get approved for are skimville material *sobs*

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  5. Summer @ Xingsings says:

    I’m actually feeling really hesitant towards Me Earl and the Dying Girl now. I’ve read a lot of bad reviews about how it’s not really special and pretty boring. And LOL. When you said you couldn’t connect with Greg I was like “who the heck is he?” Even though the title says “me” for some reason I thought Earl was the MC. XD And while I read this post, I was like scrolling and for some reason I paired “I thought the writing was too juvenile” with Ulysses and I was like, “whoa” because the writing for that one is anything but simple at! But I got my fleeting moment of dyslexia all sorted out. Sorry, if all that doesn’t make any sense, lol. Anyway, aesome list, Jenna! I like the tiny twist of this week’s topic!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      HAHAHA I love your small moment of confusion. Of course Ulysses is too juvenile! But omg that book was probably the most difficult thing I have ever read. And I won’t EVER be revisiting that book (probably not even under death threats). Most of it just went over my head.

      I think you need to have a very specific sense of humour to enjoy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It’s got very dry and dark humour that I just didn’t find funny at all. The only thing that I thought was interesting was the format. A lot of the book is written as a script because Greg (‘Me’) πŸ˜‰ and Earl are like amateur film makers. That was the only thing I liked about that book. But I read Finding Audrey a while ago and that book also has the script format (and I enjoyed that book a million times more).

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      • Summer @ Xingsings says:

        Ahh, I remember reading your review on Finding Audrey! I know a lot of booktubers that seemed to love that one as well, maybe I’ll give it a try. Also I think the cover is so cute. It kind of reminds of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

        OTL I just read my comment to this post and typos galore. There’s a reason why I shouldn’t go blog hopping at 2 am in the morning. XD


  6. keats0810 says:

    Good job with Ulysses! It is hard but you finished it. If you ever do read another one by him, you’d probably be better off going it’s Dubliners. It’s all short stories and his easiest. Every book after that gets substantially harder.


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