UTC Video: Five Books I Struggled to Finish

Posted November 11, 2017 by Francesca in Under the Covers, Weekend Highlight / 14 Comments


Not all books can be winners!  And there are some books that I’ve struggled to finish.  Some I made myself continue reading and finish only to realize I have no desire of continuing the series.  Others I had to DNF.  And there is the elusive one that even if I struggled to finish I ended up continuing the series and enjoying the rest.  These are not all the books that fit in this category but I’m counting down five books I struggled with in today’s video.


Books I Struggled to Finish

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What books have you struggled to finish?


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14 responses to “UTC Video: Five Books I Struggled to Finish

  1. Elizabeth

    The one book that comes to mind is the devil wears prada. I did eventually finish but it was the first book that made me realize I could have a book that fell in to the dnf category.

  2. I’ve only read the Fever series. It actually took me a few books to get to the point I disliked Mac, but I always liked Barron. I’ve managed to get all, but the last book read.

    I’ve got The Bone Season and Red Rising on my TBR pile so I’m glad to know that they’re really slow starters.

    I do plan to read the Kim Harrison series eventually. I’ve experienced a few first book ‘meh’ experiences and went on to love the series. The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews is a good example of this. But, I’ve had more series end up being just more of the same struggles when I tried to continue (Katie Ashley’s books) where I think I’m a bad match for the writing style.

    I tend to be quicker to DNF books these days because I have so many on the pile left to read, but there have been a few that I’ve gone back and tried again and it worked out.
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  3. carissa

    The one that comes to mind thats very popular is Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1)
    by Patricia Briggs. I gave it a 3 star, but there wasn’t enough interest in it for me to continue with the series.

  4. Chris Alexander

    I struggled with SHADOWFEVER. I had trouble with the cliffhanger from the previous book. I was unaccepting and had trouble getting through the set up for what was happening SF. I classify it as hibernating. I should make a shelf for that.

    Another that’s “hibernating” is WALK THROUGH FIRE by Kristen Ashely. Normally, I gobble up her stuff, but I just wasn’t in the mood for a second chance book and I just haven’t gotten back to it.

    I’ve managed to avoid spoilers for those, so I should just knuckle under and get back to them.

    As for actual DNFs? OUTLANDER. I couldn’t do it. Everyone raves and I didn’t last 100 pages. One of my mommy groups just did a group read of it and I managed to “not have time” to pick it up. Honestly, I was distracted by the shiny new books that were being released.

  5. Annie rices sleeping beauty trilogy, It took all had to finish the first book The claiming of sleeping beauty.I was crushed by how much abuse and degrading of beauty and other characters, not my thing! The other series I had a problem finishing was This isn’t over baby by k.Webster,great writing just not my thing the characters are really messed up and when the father started having a thing for his daughter I couldn’t wait to finish.

    • OMG Sleeping Beauty. I was traumatized when I read that. I was gifted the whole trilogy because of my “love of everything Anne Rice” and I couldn’t get through the first book. I tried so many times. I ended up getting rid of the paperbacks and then years later I thought maybe I should give it another shot. I got the audiobook of the first book and that was sheer torture. I forced myself to finish but I’ll never do that again. EVER. I know exactly what you mean.
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  6. Amy R

    Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer #1) by Karen Chance, was one I struggles with and don’t plan to read the rest of the series. Played by Jen Frederick was another recent one I struggled with and even though I really enjoyed the rest of the books in series this one did not work for me. I DNF’d Pointe of Breaking by Amy Daws and Sarah J Pepper but I’ve read and loved other books by Ms. Daws.

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