From Book Riot: THE 15 MOST COMMON DNFED BOOKS, ACCORDING TO GOODREADS USERS
Deciding not to finish a book can be a freeing experience. Our time as readers is limited and there are SO MANY good books out there. Choosing to DNF isn’t an indictment of the book itself—usually—but a necessary aspect of the reader’s life nowadays. Some books, though, get DNFed more often than others….
Well, that’s nice to say, but pretty often hitting the DNF button is totally an indictment of the book itself. Not always, I grant you. But often. Let’s see which of the fifteen on this list seem to possibly fall into the not-for-me-but-not-bad category and which might more likely toggle the switch to it’s-not-me-it’s-you.
Also, this sensible disclaimer:
This list also skews towards very popular books, so while these books are commonly DNFed, they’re also very, very commonly read. Likely, they weren’t finished because they were so widely advertised and attracted readers who weren’t the best readers for these books to begin with.
That hypothesis sounds very plausible.
Moving on to the actual list. Without peeking, do you have any predictions? I bet Fifty Shades is on there somewhere.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1,240 total nopes)
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (1,100)
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (1,012)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (956)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (928)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (907)
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (862)
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (838)
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (805)
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (766)
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (731)
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (729)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (723)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass (705)
The Magicians by Lev Grossman (701)
Hah, I was right! Number two! Well, that did seem likely. Allllll the hype, but badly written porn? Plus it sold soooo many copies, one would think just statistically it would rack up lots of DNF votes along with lots (I presume) of rave reviews.
Have you personally not finished any of these books?
I started but did not finish: Outlander, The Book Thief, and Shiver.
The ones I have not tried are Fifty Shades, Casual Vacancy, Night Circus, City of Bones, Red Queen, Discovery of Witches (I’ve never heard of that one), Allegiant, Throne of Glass, and The Magicians.
The ones I have read are American Gods (which I did not like), Song of Ice and Fire (I DNF the series, but I did read the first three or so), and Miss Peregrine’s Home. That one was just okay for me.
The ones I would like to try eventually are Night Circus and The Magicians.