To Not To Read Tag!!

Hello, hello! I have been tagged! Thank you so much to the Orangutan Librarian for tagging me in this super fun tag about DFN’d books. Also, go check out their blog cause it’s amazing, and filled with awesome things like this!

Anyway, this tag is one that I am super happy to do because there is nothing I like more than talking about things I don’t like. And there are a lot of books I don’t like. A lot of which I have had to leave half way through for fear that the boredom would kill me.

So, without further ado, let’s get on with this thing!


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

Here we go!


A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.


I will finish this book, there is no question about it. I read the first 100ish pages and then got bored. I put it down and have yet to return. I flew through book one and hopefully I can enjoy book two also. I think I was just reading it at a bad time. Or, at least that’s what I hope.


Blood Red Road by Moira Young.


I hear nothing but awesome things about this book and this series as a whole. And yet, I couldn’t get into it. Why? Because everything is written like this:

““I never knew that missin somebody could hurt, I says. But it does. Deep inside. Like it’s in my bones. We ain’t never bin apart till now. Never. I dunno how to be without him. It’s like… I ain’t nuthin.”

That’s an actual quote from the book.  There are little to no punctuation. No distinction between narration and dialogue, no nothing! I just couldn’t read that. Maybe if I listened to an audiobook I might be able to get past it, but the English major in me says no.


Gravity by Melissa West.


I don’t know what happened, really. One moment I was reading it, and then I kinda just stopped and never turned back. Admittedly, I was completely out of it while reading. I didn’t care if every character died and wasn’t really paying attention to the plot. I guess it just wasn’t for me. Mostly because it was cliche and not that well written. But, moving on.


Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl.


I tried. I hated myself for it, but I tried. Despite having hated book one with a burning passion, I tried. I am sorry, but I simply could not continue. I read the first few chapter of this book and decided that may, just maybe, I’m not a masochist at all.


Shadowland by Alyson Noel.


I had completely forgotten about this book. I mentioned this series in my Series I Didn’t Finish post, not so long ago and I said that I had only read the first two books. Technically, that’s not 100% true. After hating book one, and almost dying through book two, I actually read the first two chapters of books three. Needless to say, I stopped, momentarily questioning my sanity and asking myself why I insisted on partaking in such masochistic behavior. Now, that series is behind me and I will never in a million years be returning to the mess that is The Immortals series.


Looking for Alaska by John Green.


I read the first 100 or so pages and then never picked it up again. My friend spoiled the surprise for me and I decided to quit, but it was far too easy to do it. I wasn’t too invested anyway. I just don’t think that John Green is the author for me.


Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan.


Once, in the long ago time of 2009, this book got turned into a movie starring Josh Hutcherson and John C. Reilly. Super excited baout this, my friends and I took a bus into town and went  to see it, an awesome thing because I was in 8th grade and my mother rarely let me out alone without adult supervision. After watching it I decided that I would read the book. Except that the movie had been made from books 1-3 (The Vampire’s Assistant being the name of the movie, but the title of book two, and some of the plot being from book three, or so I heard). Anyway, book one was bad. Book two, I left half way through and never turned back.


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.


I know, I know. How could I? I read the first few chapters of this and frankly, I was not impressed. I kinda just wanted to see the movie and move on. Sadly, I have yet to see the movie either so maybe I’ll do that soon. Maybe.


Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier


Everyone has read this book. They either love it with a passion, or hate it just as much. I was indifferent. Wasn’t sure of I liked it or not. I wasn’t sure if the problem was me or the book. In the end, I  left it. But, if I’m honest, this is one that I actually wouldn’t mid finishing one day. We shall see.

So…Who do I tag?

Some old friends…some new…some in between

Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books | Des @Des’ Random Thoughts | Patrick Greenly | Arcadia Reads | Brookie @Brookie Cowles | Laura @The Book Corps

And anyone else that might be interested, consider yourself tagged!

Link back to this post so I can see your answers!

{Please don’t feel obligated to do this tag if you have already done it, or simply don’t want to}

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20 thoughts on “To Not To Read Tag!!

  1. Ok, Torch against the night doesn’t get good again until the last 75-50 pages. Honestly. It took me moths to finish it because I was so bored as well.
    As for Ruby Red, I’m on the loved it end. I read the whole trilogy in a week. I liked how it ended. I have friends who thought it was just “eh” and never read the rest. But I’d say go for it.

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    1. I will give Torch Against the Night another chance, closer to the release of the third one so I can read it back to back, maybe. But I’m also glad to hear I wasn’t the only one who was bored by it, all I hear are great reviews for it.
      And I’m glad you liked Ruby Red. I am going to try to pick that up again too. Hopefully I like it!

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  2. Great answers! I have been curious about Blood Red Road but I don’t think I could get through writing like that!

    Thank you for tagging me! I’ll definitely post this soon! I don’t DNF too often so this will be interesting!! 😊

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    1. Thanks! And you’re welcome! I don’t usually DFN books that much either (despite what this tag might suggest). I think that’s the total of books I have left unfinished, and some I only read the first few chapters for. As for Blood Red Road, I think that an audiobook would be good, since a lot of it is spelled phonetically. Anyway, I look forward to your answers!


  3. I haven’t tried to read Looking for Alaska for the exact same reason. But it might be that John Green really isn’t the author for me either. I read The Fault in Our Stars and failed to find the special-ness everyone kept talking about. I didn’t mind Me Before You though, not the best thing I’d ever read but enjoyable.
    Props for making it to the Beautiful Creatures sequel. I didn’t make it that far, the first one was so forgettable.

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    1. Yeah I think that John Green might be the problem for me too. I wasn’t impressed with TFIOS and got bored a quarter way through Paper Towns.
      Also, if I’m honest, I don’t know how it was that I made it to Beautiful Darkness, the first one almost killed me from pure boredom. I should have known better than to try to continue.
      And who knows, I might give Me Before You another try. Just maybe.

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  4. Thanks for the tag. I would very much like to do this, it looks fun. Only I don’t usually DNFed a book. If I remember it right, it’s only twice I did that. And it’s been ages that I don’t even remember the titles. 😄

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  5. Hahahaha! I actually finished the Blood Red Road series and liked the messed up dialogue! 😂😂 But I can totally see why the English major in you would quit it! Definitely try A Torch Against the Night again! You’ll like it as it gets deeper…(then again I loved it so I’m super biased!)

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    1. I hear a Torch Against the Night gets better near the end, so I’ll definitely be picking it up again. I’ll probably do it closer to the release of the third one so I don’t have to wait. And one of these days I’ll pick up Blood Red Road cause you just confirmed it was good. Clearly I have to take that as a sign that I should give it a second try lol. Hopefully I can put the English major in me on hold and enjoy the novel.

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  6. Awesome post!! Glad you did this! 😀 I had zero connection to Looking for Alaska either. And I felt the same way about the Sabaa Tahir book- I did finish it- but felt pretty meh about it- I think it was just overhyped for me. And I’ve heard so many people say the same thing about the Beautiful Creatures series.

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    1. Thanks! It was super fun to do! I think that my problem with Looking for Alaska was the writing because I didn’t like TFIOS and got bored a few chapters into Paper Towns. Clearly, John Green is not for me. I will probably try A Torch Against the Night again, though. I feel like I owe it that much since I went to the trouble of getting it signed and everything, and I also really liked book one. And no, never read Beautiful Creatures! It was so bad!


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