top 5 books I almost DNF’d but am now in love with!

Hey everyone! Today I’m doing another Top 5 Tuesday tag which is created by the wonderful Shanah, so go ahead and check out her blog if you haven’t already because it is amazing! So this week’s topic was a little hard because usually when I don’t like a book I DNF it… lol. But luckily I have some sort of perseverance otherwise this post would not be in existence.

The Martian by Andy Weir

See my review here. I read this book a couple years back and it was definitely advanced for my age at the time. The book starts with a swear word, which struck me as slightly unpleasant but mostly interesting considering the context, and I dove in.

This book took me literally 3-5 months to plough my way through. To me it felt like this book was seven hundred pages long, and I was shocked to later find out it was only around 300. Looking back, I don’t know why I found it so hard.

I was going to give up on it just because (perhaps it was my age) I found it so long (it probably was my age) but I finished it and it’s one of my favourite books I love love love it and the movie is also awesome as well.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

See my review here. I started this book two years before I finished it. It didn’t really appeal to me I had a bit of a bad impression of it within the first two chapters and I took it for a sort of weird contemporary and left it.

Then I started it two years after that, pushed my way through and ended up loving it. It does have a feel for contemporary obviously in the modern chapters but the historical/past ones are what I lived for and I loved the ending. 

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

See my review here. If you look at the events in this book, it is rather uneventful for a book. That is the truth. But I pushed and ploughed and worked my way through and ta-da I rated it 5 stars. I kind of DNF-ed the Queen of Attolia, but I hope it will end up like this one when I do eventually end up picking it up.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I found the beginning of this so boring. I don’t know why. But then my friend who is very hard to please was raving about it and I had Empire of Storms on hold on OverDrive and I didn’t know what to do with myself so I forced my way through and ended up binge-reading the entire series very quickly after binge-reading the Throne of Glass series.

Literally these two series plunged me into the world of YA fantasy. Without them, I would still be delving through classics (see more about that here).

Divergent by Veronica Roth 

When I first started this I was pretty young for this book, I think. I was put off by the violence half-way through and then dropped it. Then a couple years later I picked it up, loved it, and binge-read the trilogy (this was all in the same summer where I binge-read the Throne of Glass series and The Mortal Instruments series) and then watched all the movies as well. 

These are the books I almost gave up on but loved! What are yours? Speak soon 🙂

13 thoughts on “top 5 books I almost DNF’d but am now in love with!”

  1. The Martian was a hard one for me too. There were a lot of scientific terms and I didn’t think that it would be something I could understand. Luckily its was like a “science for dummies” manual and he made it really interesting and easy to understand!
    Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂

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  2. Yes exactly plus chemistry is my worst subject! But he really broke it down and made it easy to understand yes! You’re welcome, participating in your meme is always so awesome 🙂

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  3. I haven’t read the first two, but I see what you mean about the last three! Well, kind of. The Thief I actually finished, and should maybe try again to get a better sense of it, but I totally DNFed CoB, and got through Divergent but didn’t bother with the rest of the series. They just didn’t click with me at all.

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