Books I almost DNF’d

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is Top 5 books I almost DNF’d but now I’m in love with. While I’m not sure I’m in love with any of the books on this list, they are books that I’m glad I read, despite almost DNF-ing.

The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling


I  couldn’t get into Rowling’s first adult novel when I first read it, but on my second reread after all the hype had died down I really enjoyed the political satire.

Life of Pi – Yann Martel


I didn’t love the writing style of Life of Pi, but I did enjoy the plot from the movie and I like to read books based on movies I’ve enjoyed.

Man’s World – Rupert Smith

Man's World

I find audiobooks difficult to concentrate on and they feel quite a long process at times. When I started this audiobook I wasn’t sure I would finish but I loved the story of the two men falling in love despite the backdrop of national service.

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde


I found Wilde’s prose a bit literary because I don’t normally read classics, but I did enjoy the story and hearing snippets I remembered from the Velvet Goldmine movie.

Rubyfruit Jungle – Rita Mae Brown


Some of the language use about lesbians in this book was quite problematic, but to me it’s a must read for the LGBT literature canon.


12 thoughts on “Books I almost DNF’d

  1. Casual Vacancy is one that I DNF’d as well. I never did pick it up again though so I don’t know if I would have liked it after finishing it. I wanted so badly to love it but I just couldn’t!
    Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂


    1. I feel like Casual Vacancy appeals to quite a small market (especially when compared to what else she has written), I remember so many people during the hype saying they couldn’t finish it.

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  2. This is the sedond time today that I see The Casual Vacancy mentioned! So I guess you were not the only one feeling that way 😉

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