Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Types of Books I Didn’t Finish in 2017

Yes, I have so much books I didn’t finish in 2017 that I can sort them into 10 different categories! Don’t kill me, I’m only human! I finished 101 books in 2017 which isn’t bad. But I also DNFed quite a lot of books! which, I admit, is quite bad reading behaviour.
This list just sums up perfectly all the different reading stages I went through in 2017! I just want to say that this isn’t some kind of random hating on books. Most of them are decent/good books, I just trick myself into believing I was going to like them while I actually knew beforehand I wouldn’t!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme was actually: Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!). But I thought it would be more fun to list all the books that I tried to read and failed. I also just,couldn’t make a list with “books I planned to read in 2017” because I’m not even capable of planning the books I will read in the next week, let alone in THE NEXT YEAR. People who are able to plan their lives are such wonderful creatures! Me and lists/planners aren’t very good friends.

This list may make it look like I never finish a bad book, which isn’t true! I finish a lot of books that I didn’t really like. Also, not all the books on this list are bad! Some of those I really still want to finish (if I ever feel like them)

1. The Complete Disappointment

You know the kind of books that you are certain you’re going to love, because everyone is loving them and everything about the book looks and feels perfect? And then it’s the worst book you ever read and you begin to doubt all your previous life choices, because nothing makes senses anymore? I had a few of those moments in 2017.

Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

This book truly is a beautiful disaster. I really wanted to read this book because of the high ratings and good reviews it has on Goodreads. But, from the first page of this book, I had the feeling that this book and I weren’t going to be friends. The romance wasn’t my thing and the overall story didn’t make any sense to me. So I quickly decided I would not finish this book!

NeverSea (Echoes of the Lost, #1) – Jenetta Penner & David R. Bernstein

This story sounded really promising! Little Mermaid meets Peter Pan in a world that is 90% water. The problem was that the main character had identity issues. She goes from wanting to murder everyone in her surroundings to acting like a giggly 5 year old because she meets a boy she kissed one time 17 year earlier. I got a migraine from it and just couldn’t finish it.

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) – Maggie Stiefvater

This is a book that wasn’t THAT bad. Sometime, I actually plan on finishing it. The problem here was that the book wasn’t super interesting enough and that all the other books I was reading at the time were so much more interesting and after a month of not touching the book I decided I would just leave it be for the moment. This is a case of a gorgeous cover that betrayed me. The cover is AH-MAZING, the book is just ordinary.

2. The Horror book

If you don’t know me and it’s your first time here: welcome on my blog! I’m the biggest wuss you will ever meet! For the people who read earlier posts of me I’m sorry for mentioning this AGAIN (it must mean it’s true, right?). Horror is one of those stages I go to once every x years. I hear so much good things about Stephen King and other horror novels and I decide that I will give it another try!

The Shining – Stephen King

This year I made it as far as 7% in The Shining (not impressive, but it’s the farthest I ever got in a King novel) before I decided that it wasn’t worth losing my sleep over. Nothing scary had happened yet, but I was already scared from knowing that something scary was going to happen! Yes that’s my level! I wanted to read a Halloween themed book, but I only even consider reading a horror book when the sun is still up. And October and November were kind of busy so I only read books after 6pm and then it’s dark. I’m just making excuses btw.

3. The Non-Fiction Book

I did finish some good non-fictions in 2017. But I can only take so many of them in one year (apparently that number is 5). The rest of the year I start a bunch of Non-fiction books and I’m just bored to pieces by them!

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay

First I have to say that I think this book is wonderful and I read half of the book, but I just felt guilty for not liking it just because it was a non-fiction book. This is definitely one of those books I want to give another try next year!

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 – Simon Sebag Montefiore

I have always been immensely intrigued by The Romanovs. As a child (I’m still watching it, I’m not going to lie) I watched Anastasia thousands of times. I even did a lecture about it in school. But this book just couldn’t grab my attention and the fact that it’s 800+ pages also really didn’t help. This is probably a book I’m not going to give another try.

4. The Mistery

Some time in 2017 I  tricked myself into believing that I actually really enjoyed reading mysteries (silly me). But at one point I just noticed that I was reading so many bad mysteries! I’m gonna blame B.A. Paris for this, because I read Behind Closed Doors and I LOVED IT. But after that I actually never read anything better than just decent in the mystery genre. Sorry mystery, it’s not you it’s me… She actually TRICKED ME into believing I loved mysteries!

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

This book is just everything I don’t like about mysteries combined. It’s depressing, they always say it’s a thriller (but it never is) and after you finished the book you don’t believe that their are decent human beings left on this plannet.

District VIII – Adam Lebor

This book wasn’t a bad book. I just couldn’t get into it. It was a story about a immigrant who was found dead. I think it was decently written and the story was also good. It just couldn’t keep my attention and I honestly read it one page at a time and after a month I just decided it wasn’t for me.

5. The Reread

Although I can really enjoy rereading books. 2017 definitely wasn’t the year for that!

Eragon – Christopher Paolini

This is normally one of my all time favourites, and I read it many times and it was a couple of years ago since I last read it, so i decided to reread it. For some reason I just always read a different book and after a while I just gave up. Maybe next year!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

The reasone I didn’t finish this one is probably because I read it in French. I live in Belgium (the official languages here are Dutch, French and German) and my French nearly isn’t as good as it should be. So I decided I was going to practice it by reading Harry Potter, but since it wasn’t the year of the rereads it didn’t work out!

6. The Classic

1984 – George Orwell

Every year I make the same exact mistake and try to read a classic! I never learn from my mistakes! I don’t like them and I will never like them why don’t I learn from my mistakes?? I did like Animal Farm (but we had to read that one for school, so I don’t know if I would have actually made it until the end if it hadn’t been obligatory). I’m going to try again in 2018. I’m going to try the Pop Sugar Rush Reading Challenge (again, I stopped half way trough in 2017). Maybe I’ll finish it this year!

The worst part is that I bought several classics a couple of weeks ago… (At least it where secondhand books so it costed me only around 5 euro or so)

7. The Accidental Request

This is something I know a lot of book reviewers will recognise! Sometimes I get an e-mail from Netgalley with the message that I’ve been approved to read a book that I requested (Dance Party). But, then I look at the title and I think; what on earth did I request?!

I always give those book a try. I feel so bad most of the time that I try to like them more than if I would actually remember why I requested them. I fail most of them time and it always, without exeption, takes me several weeks to come to the point where I sent a message to excuse me for not being able to

Look For Me – Lisa Gardner

This book looked really interesting and I requested it, after me request got accepted I wanted to add it on Goodreads and noticed it was book number 9(!!) in the detective D.D. Warren series. So I decided it wouldn’t be the best idea to read it. Looking back I think I wouldn’t have really liked the book because I really don’t enjoy reading police mysteries so maybe it was for the better!

8. The Boring Book

This is the type of book that isn’t nessecarly bad, but it’s just soooo boring. I’m blaming The Popsugar Reading challenges for this!! I tried do do this and around 50% I really had to start looking for books I could use for some points! Their group on Goodreads requested a lot of books, but they were all sooooo boring. So Nope, I’m not doing that one in 2018!

The Fifth of July – Kelly Simmons

Confession: Sometimes when I read boring books I think: “This is such a mom book”. This was one of those mom books. I know I shouldn’t put labels on people. But I just imagine this book being read by people like my mom.

I expected it to be like a Liane Moriarty book, but it was a really slow family drama and I got immensely bored after 80 pages or so.

Letters From Skye – Jessica Brockmole

I was doing a summer job and during my breaks there often wasn’t anyone around with whom I could eat so I often read a book. Really this book made me fall asleep! I actually liked working more than reading this book because nothing happened and the letters cancelled out all imagination.

A Man Called Ove – Frederik Backman

I didn’t make it far at all in this book. It wasn’t a bad book, an old grumpy man with a not so interesting life apparently isn’t able to hold my attention for very long.


Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

I tried so hard to read this book but I failed miserably. I zoned out quite a lot while reading this and after a while it was just too hard to understand the story because I had accidentally skipped so much. I even tried reading a summary online of the parts I forgot but it didn’t really work and I really didn’t want to start all over. I’m just going to give it a break for a while and try again in a couple of months because I liked all Ilona Andrew’s previous books so much!

9. The “Not in the Mood” Book

It happens to many times that I start a book and after 2 chapters just decide that I just don’t feel like that book right now

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

Apparently one of the best adult fantasy books ever written, and I actually liked what I was reading. But after a few chapters I suddenly decided that I was more in the mood for something Young Adult with just a hint of romance. Yup, definitely not this book. So it ended on the back of my currently reading list and after some time I just decided that I would have to save it for an other time! I truly hope I will once find the courage time to read this.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer

A couple of days after finishing cinder I started reading Scarlet (and what I read so far made me really like this new character!). But I think I should have waited a little bit longer because I always grabbed other books and after a while I just needed to face it and I stopped reading in Scarlet.

10. The Audio Book Gone Bad

I’m a big fan of audio books and I finish one at least once a month. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out. I need some sort of connection with the voice that is reading the book. Maybe it sounds absurd but I can decide t

Carve The Mark – Veronica Roth

This book was completely impossible to follow for me on audio book. I was completely lost after 2 chapters. I didn’t understand what was happening, I was confusing all the characters and the story made no sense.  I don’t think the story is that complicated (the summary made it sound like an average not so complicated YA), the audio book made it just too complicated.

His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) – Naomi Novik

This audio book was really bad quality, it was like listening to a radio broadcast from the 1950’s and the guy who read the book sounded like he was 90 years old. I couldn’t handle it and gave up after 5 minutes. This obviously is a book I’m going to give another chance, just not as an audio book!

Thank you so much for reading my post!
QUESTION: Are there any books on my list that I should give a second chance in 2018?


  • Scarlet and Cress weren’t my favorite books in the series, I tend not to go back to those and Shiver didn’t hold my attention enough for me to continue :/

  • I’ve read The Girl on the Train, Scarlet, Shiver & HP ofcourse! I agree with what you said but I wound up liking Scarlet in the end. 🙂 I barely made it through Shiver a few years back but never felt any need to continue with the series! Good luck to you if you decide to retry any of them!

    • ThePrintedGirl

      If I ever finish HP in French I will have read it in 3 languages and probably 10 times in total ?. I’m definitely an addict!
      I have the entire Shiver series (I only paid 2 euros a piece and the covers are beautiful so I’m not complaining), so maybe I’ll give it another chance later. I just think I’m not Maggie Stiefvaters biggest fan, she isn’t a bad writer, just not my thing. ?

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    I don’t think it makes you a bad reader for DNF’ing!! It’s better to not waste your time on books you know won’t work for you right?! I haven’t even started Carve the Mark yet haha, the controversy put me off a lot. And I reeeally loved Name of the Wind but I totally think you have to be in the right mood for it. IT’S REALLY THICK and kind of slow tbh.? I’m still working up the gumption to tackle book 2 (but then book 3 is never coming so I’m in no rush ahah). I didn’t DNF any books last year but omg there were some I really should have hahah.

    • ThePrintedGirl

      When I read that some people have never DNFed a book in their lives I really don’t know how they do that? Bad books are a complete waste of time, first of all because they’re just bad and also because it takes me twice the time I spend on a good book because I need to reread every pages because I keep zoning out! ?
      I have the same problem with Outlander that you have with the Name of the Wind. I tried read the fourth book and started the fifth book but couldn’t finish it (apparently forgot to mention that one in my post, woops!) because they’re both 1000+ pages and I just couldn’t take it anymore!
      Amazing that you didn’t DNF any books last year! That deserves an applause! ???

  • As much as I love 1984, the first half of the book is incredibly slow. So if you find it’s one that is difficult for you to finish, I don’t blame you, however the second half does actually make the first half worth it. My TTT is here if you want to check it out:

    • ThePrintedGirl

      OMG! I really stopped reading this book just halfway through! Good to know the second half gets better! I’m definitely going to give it another chance!
      Thank you so much for telling me this!?

  • I’ve heard good things about Montifiori as a writer!

    • ThePrintedGirl

      I really liked his writing style but 800+ pages of history just were a bit too much! Maybe I’ll try one of his shorter books (if he has any shorter books)
      Thank you so much for your comment! ?

  • I kept trying to read The Name Of The Wind too, but I’m just not feeling it! I know I should love it but I’m feeling pretty ‘meh’ about it!

    • ThePrintedGirl

      I think I know what you mean! I’m going to give it another chance but this kind of fantasy is often quite boring (this is probably such an unpopular opinion ?)

  • I feel like you not liking BEAUTIFUL DISASTER is a good thing. Honestly, every time I see a blogger raving about it, I side-eye them just a tad. Not that everyone can’t like or dislike whatever they choose… it’s just that I’m not going to trust their taste as much (especially in romance) if they like that one!! Also– Stephen King is DEFINITELY overrated!!! He has good ideas, but his execution can defintiely be BLAH.

    • ThePrintedGirl

      YES! I feel exactly the same! When I see people raving about this book I really start to question all the other books they thought were amazing!
      I love it when someone shares an unpopular opinion! I’ll never say mean things about someones reading preferences but I’m not going to trust them as much anymore.
      I definitely think Stephen King is overrated too! I’m probably going to give up trying to read one of his book. I’ve been trying for over 7 years maybe I should just live with the fact that I’ll never get the immense hype!
      Thank you so much for your amazing opinion!

  • You know what you like, and that’s important in reading. Sometimes you try to make yourself read something against your better instincts and it almost always goes wrong. Interesting.

    • ThePrintedGirl

      I still finish books I didn’t like too. It wouldn’t be good to only finish books I like.
      But I’m sure I would finish less books if I had to make myself read books that really were wrong for me.
      Thank you so much for your nice comment ?

  • everythingalyce

    This is such a great way of using this prompt! I find it impossible to DNF books and always force myself through even if I’m really not enjoying them: I’d like to learn to put them down and save my time.
    I loved the Shiver series, but I read it when I was a lot younger – not sure how I’d feel if I ever reread it. I still haven’t finished Harry Potter – eek! – even though I tried to prioritise that last year… Maybe 2018 will be the year that I finally get past the third book!

    • ThePrintedGirl

      I can finish more books if I decide to dnf some just because I don’t have to make myself read something that just isn’t right for me. I still finish a lot of books I don’t like. It’s just a book and it should bring me some joy ?
      I think I would have enjoyed Shiver more if I would have read this a couple of years ago. And I truly hope you’ll be able to finish Harry Potter!
      Thank you so much for your comment! ?

  • I like your take on this week’s topic! I have the Lunar Chronicles on my to read list, and I’ve promised myself I’m actually going to read them this year. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • ThePrintedGirl

      Thank you so much!
      I loved the first book and definitely will give the second book another chance!
      I hope you’ll like them! ?

  • Hi I’m Tina and I also can’t read scary books because I’ll give myself nightmares.

    I love your take on the topic! I have read Cinder in the Lunar Chronicles and then just stopped.I really want to finish the series this year because I bought all the books (for the cover of course but I also actually want to read them).

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

    • I bought the complete The Wolves of Mercy Falls series because the covers were so beautiful so I completely get you! ? I hope you like the rest of the series! ?

  • Carve The Mark has kinda been on my TBR for awhile, I am not SUPER enthused by it though and I mainly do audiobooks, so if this one is a just a mess I think I’ll have to scratch it off my list for good!

    However I actually really loved Scarlet! I think that book wound up being one of my favorites! Maybe the audiobooks will help you get back into it, the narrator for the Lunar Chronicles is my absolute favorite, she’s really incredible! Her performance is probably one of the main reasons I love the books so much!

    I also did a DID NOT FINISH list last week! –

    • I actually did the Cinder as an audiobook and loved it! Maybe I should indeed listen to Scarlet because I started that one just as a book ?
      I don’t know if carve the mark is bad. But the Audiobook was a complete miss for me (and I’ve listened to a lot of audibooks and I normally love them!)
      Thank you so much for your comment & happy reading! ?

  • hannahsnovelnonsense

    I’ve heard the name of the wind is really good, thought I’m yet to read it, so you should probably give that another go haha. I really liked the idea behind this post! Although I hardly ever DNF, I’m one of those people that sticks it out to the end, unfortunately sometimes.

    • I’m probably going to give it another go in the future! I admire people who read every book they start, I just really can’t do it ?

  • Sometimes a reread can be just at the wrong time. I have put down some rereads after a few chapters in the last few years. And sometimes books just aren’t at the right time yeah. Especially big ones like The Name of the WInd haha.

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