Hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Subtitled: And that I have been thinking about trying to finish. If I could ever discover which box I shoved them in. Anyway, lately I’ve been thinking a bit about trying again with some of those DNFs so this was a very timely topic.


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

DNF PG 148

This one is mostly my own fault, because this is kind of a slice of life sci-fi where nothing really happens and the chapters are more like barely connected one-shots/drabbles. I didn’t realize that when I bought it nor when I tried reading it. Now that I know what I’m getting into, I definitely think I could enjoy it.

Champion of the Rose by Andrea K. Host


So I basically had a knee-jerk reaction to something that happened in the story. It upset me and I decided I didn’t (ever) need to read it. Now, I realize that the event that took place could actually form a very interesting plot as long as it wasn’t hand-waved away or shoved under the rug.

Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks


I tried reading this LGBT+ friendly book at a time when I was looking for a cute, sweet romantic fantasy and instead was given a worldbuilding heavy fantasy romance. I would like to, maybe, give this another shot sometime that I’m looking for dense world building.


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


I’ve got a delightfully vitriol spewing review over on Goodreads – but I truthfully can’t remember anything about this book besides a vague impression of music. Like symphony orchestra, music.

Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh


All I can tell you about this book was that the style of writing confused me. I’m hoping that, if I do give this book another read that my increased experience with sci-fi will eliminate that problem. (Or maybe it really is just me.)

Black and White by Jackie Kessler & Caitlin Kittredge


I honestly don’t know. I mean, I check my Goodreads review and all I’m getting is that the book has too much cursing in it for me at the time. (Also that I had rather prudish ideas and a jacked up opinion of myself.)


With the Lightnings by David Drake


Honestly, I forgot I even had this book until I was going through some of my old stuff looking for another book. And I ran across this… I don’t remember why/when I bought it or why/where I DNF’d it – and it was either before Goodreads or early enough in my use of it that I didn’t make any notes on it. (Best guess, it was an early attempt at reading sci-fi back when I had no idea what I liked/wanted out of the genre.)

Shadow Magic by Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett


(And this was the book I was looking for when I found the previous.) I don’t remember why I bought this book and I only have a vague recollection as to why I stopped reading it. (I believe it’s told in alternating first person perspective – something that until the Starbound trilogy, was a death knell for me.) Two interesting notes: I completely forgot about this book until I found another website talking about LGBT+ friendly fantasy books and this one was well liked by the blogger – and this was probably another early attempt at fantasy (when I wasn’t sure what I wanted/liked and just sort of threw out a net on anything that sounded interesting).

Honestly, I’m a little amazed that’s all I came up with. I went through all my Goodreads books that I’d DNF’d in the last four years or so and this is all I came up with. Most of them, judging by my brief thoughts, would cause me even more trouble if I tried to read it now than it did then.

Have you read any of these books? Do you recommend I give one of them another shot? What DNF books are you thinking about trying again?

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