Books I Almost DNF’d, but Now I Love!


Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. I have to admit that it is very rare for me to DNF books.  I often push through even if I am not enjoying the book, and some times that pays off! These are just five books that made me think “Maybe I should start DNFing books” but in the end I really loved them!

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth


I went in to this book thinking that is was about a young girl in a conversion program of some kind, and it is that, but that does not happen until over halfway through this almost 500 page book.  I really appreciated that we received Cameron’s backstory because it did make feel more connected to her, but it did feel slow at times and was way too long.  There was a point where I really got in to it though and I am really glad that I stuck with it. It is a book that stays with you.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue


The Wonder is very atmospheric and slow-building, but trust me it is worth reading.  There were times where I thought not much was happening and was not sure what the point was, but it all comes together and ended up being one of my favourite books ever!

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders


It took me awhile to get used to the way this story is told.  It is very original in the way it is written and it does takes some time to figure out exactly what is going on.  I have seen many people DNF it early on, and I completely get it.  I personally think that it is worth pushing through because the story is surprisingly moving and powerful.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein


I actually did DNF The Hobbit many years ago because I think I was too young and a lot of it went over my head.  I am really glad that I decided to give it another try because I thought it was pretty epic. There is something really nostalgic about it.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry


This was a complete cover buy for me and when I started reading it I thought that I wrongly judged a book by its cover and that this book was going to be boring for me.  I was so wrong! Yes it is very descriptive, atmospheric, and slowwww but it really worked for me in the end.  I loved the depth of the characters and the Gothic feel.  I can not wait to read Melmoth by Sarah Perry, which just came out!


36 thoughts on “Books I Almost DNF’d, but Now I Love!

  1. … I don’t know why I thought it was funny that almost all the books you almost DNF had someone’s name in the title… Maybe you should know to give those ones more of a chance! 😉😂

  2. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is one of my favorite books! Even though I read it years ago… I didn’t really know anything about it before starting the read, so I feel like that helped me because the book is indeed quite slow. I have Lincoln in the Bardo on my to-read list, so I’m glad you ended up loving it. Now I also know I might struggle at the start, but should push through 😀

  3. I thought The Wonder was excellent. It’s slow moving but very thoughtful. I think some readers were expecting something like Room but her books are all pretty different.

  4. I almost didn’t finish Lincoln in the Bardo but I got through it in the end. It’s not my favourite ever book but I admired it for it’s originality. I’m curious to read The Wonder.

  5. The first 100 pages of The Essex Serpent were really slow, but I ended up loving it. The characters really do have so much depth to them and you’re left with so many questions to think about at the end. So worth it when you figure out that Clara (I think that was her name) represents the Essex serpent!

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