Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Just Couldn’t Finish


Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the booktuber, Lainey aka gingereadslainey. You can find the topics and the Goodreads page of the book meme here.

This Top 5 Topic is 5 Books You DNF’ed (Did not Finish). Gah! I feel like by admitting there’s books I haven’t finished, I’m admitting failure! 🙁 But the truth is, sometimes you just gotta tell yourself “Too many good books out there to waste time on a bad one” and move along. So, here are my 5 DNF’ers.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 

I tried, I really tried. I think this is the first book I ever officially just walked away from. It just was not interesting, at ALL. I felt like I’d rather be eating the paper than reading the book.

Rama II (Rama, #2)

Rama II

When Clarke is good, he’s great, but when he’s bad, ohhhh man…does he ever suck. This was almost physically painful to read, which really bit because Rendezvous with Rama was AWESOME!

Dark Orbit

Dark Orbit

I got about 200 pages in, and it transitioned to philosophy and pscyhology and oh, look! A piece of lint! I need to take a shower. Oh, hey, perfect time to reorganize my bookshelves. Hmm, I should start a load of lau — I really just don’t like this book, do I? *puts it down*

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

The Hot Zone

I struggled to read 50 pages. This is just NOT well-written. Plus, its not even like its valid. Didn’t the dude admit that he’d, uh, ‘dramatized’ things quite a bit??

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)


I’m trying, I’m trying, but I’ve had this book for over a year, attempted to listen to it multiple times, and just never can keep any interest in it. I haven’t truly given up yet, but..its close.

26 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Just Couldn’t Finish

  1. I’ve been kind of wanting to read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It seems interesting, but I haven’t been in any rush to read it.
    I recently bought Steelheart and it sounds so good and lots of people love it. I’m curious to see what it’s like.

  2. Wow, surprised by Steelheart. I can see why you’d struggle with that one though. It reads like a childrens cartoon. To me it reminded me of something I’d watch on Cartoon Network as a kid, which is why I liked it. Felt nostalgic. But the main reason I was able to read it – I was in the right mindset for that one.

    p.s. Its hard to get into, but the powers of the anti-heroes are pretty cool

    1. Part of the problem might be that I have it as an audio book. I’ve been considering picking up a physical copy and just seeing how it goes actually ‘reading’ it. It does sound cool! That’s part of the reason I keep trying it 🙂

      Right now I’m listening to Suffer the Children *shudders*

      1. Yeah I know how u feel. I thought about buying the second book in the trilogy on audible but the reader just sounds weird.
        Never heard of Suffer the children, I’ll check it out.
        I’ve found that memoirs are the best on audible but surprisingly I’ve found one book – what I’m listening to now (‘The Grown Up’ by Gillian Flynn), the voice isn’t bad. I’m not annoyed by it.

  3. I haven’t read Dark Orbit myself but it reminds me of a Freud book I had to read for school where I literally couldn’t go one paragraph before even the wall looked more interesting!

  4. I haven’t read any of the books on your list though I was intrigued by The Hotzone but I’m not too keen on it especially after reading the comment up here and your views on it.doesn’t sound interesting

  5. Had to read The Hot Zone for my 9th grade Biology class and I agree it’s not the best but some parts are so crazy that they can definitely be worth the read.

    1. I had done a bit of research on the book, and it seemed like even his talk on how ebola could present (the scene where the guy bleeds out on the ER room floor especially) was greatly exaggerated. It was at that point that I bowed out. Maybe if I hadn’t read about it it wouldn’t have been a problem. -_-

  6. Yeah, I’ve noticed that. No, it doesn’t help. I tried this actually because I thought I accidentally unfollowed you. But I got a message that I’m already following you. Strange. Nevermind, I will add you on Bloglovin 🙂

    1. Weird! Thanks for letting me know . I’m having trouble getting used to bloglovin. It doesnt seem as intuitive to navigate

      1. No problem. But it’s also funny that I can’t reply to you via reader reply. It won’t send it.
        I have Bloglovin for a long time now, but just for some blogs. I can’t get used to it, don’t know why. But it useful in cases like this 😉

        1. Someone else mentioned that too and I just don’t get it! I can reply to posts via reader! *grumble*

        2. As far as I was able to figure out – that’s something they don’t bother trying to tell you in the “This is how great it is to change to!” crap … You can’t see the option to comment via reader with self-hosted sites. *sigh*

  7. Ok 🙂
    Hey, can I just ask you something? You can delete this comment if you want to but… did you changed something about your site (I can see some changes)? Because I haven’t seen your post lately on WordPress reader and I thought you were on hiatus/too busy to post. But now I double checked it and I don’t have any of your posts – for example, I didn’t have this post in my feeds. I’m just curious if this is normal because in that case I’ll just have to follow you via Bloglovin.

    1. I’m self-hosted now so it’s made some odd issues that you wouldn’t think would happen. You can still follow me thru WordPress reader in theory. Go to reader, click the word Manage beside followed, and enter in the search bar where it says to enter a site url.

  8. Did you read any other book by Sanderson? I have feeling that everyone loves his books and I’m surprised to see it on your list (ok, I know that we all have different tastes). I’m planning to read Mistborn Trilogy soon and I will be really disappointed if I would not like it, haha 😀

    1. I enjoyed the Mistborn series (at least the 2 books I read), which is why I got Steelheart. But something about Steelheart just can’t hold my attention.

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