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5 Popular Books I Gave Up On

Hey Pals!! So, today I’ll be sharing with you a list of 5 Popular Books That I Gave Up On!

The exclamation mark makes it seem like I’m so proud of this πŸ™„. I’m not, but I’m also not too bothered. I know people find it hard to DNF (do-not-finish) books, but I don’t really have that problem. If I’m truly not enjoying a book at all, I put it down and try to find something better. I know it makes most people feel guilty but I figured life’s too short to read something you don’t like. So anyway, let’s get started!


1: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz

Because we love starting with controversial stuff like this that works as an easy way to lose followers πŸ™‚βœ¨.

I started the audiobook for this one, and the narration was pretty average. It started good, I thought I would end up loving it. But soon it got kinda weird. In some ways, I could relate to the main character a lot, and when I say this I mean that he was like an actual replica of me in not all, but many, ways. Except for the fact that the things he worried about the most at the age of 15 were the same things I had long since worried about and moved on from. His thought process would have been so relatable for me at one point when I was younger but reading it now just made me feel weird, and wrong for some reason.

The book had a strange, melancholic vibe to it that started to ruin my mood. I hate books that manage to spoil my mood like this without even making me cry. But that was still bearable. I was a little less than halfway through when it just got boring and so I decided I would be better off reading something else.


2: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

This is my most recent DNFed book. It has a promising synopsis, and it even starts great. It basically has this mystery as to why the two main characters, who once meant the world to each other, have not talked at all for a decade. The story alternates between two timelines and it is pretty interesting but the thing is, I don’t have that much patience. I just need to know what kind of fight happened between these two but the author keeps going back to the stuff of their childhood and then comes back to the present where the two just keep meeting and observing each other, nothing happens. It is written pretty well and has an addicting vibe to it except the wait was killing me. So, I put it down.


3: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I wonder how you’re still here after all the books I’m trashing 🀩.

This is the most loved book by my favorite Booktuber- Jessethereader. So, my expectations were very high. And I did not find this book terrible, in any sort of way. I just don’t think it was my type, you know? I was reading it and I wasn’t feeling anything. More than half the time I was just bored with how slowly things were happening. Also confession time πŸ’€: I had watched the movie before reading the book and I was pretty annoyed at how slow the book was as compared to the movie. Overall, this just did not work for me and so I DNFed it.


4: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Oh, are you looking for the unfollow button πŸ˜ƒ? Or have you already clicked it πŸ˜ƒ?

This was the biggest disappointment to me because almost everybody gushes about this book. I had such high expectations from this book. As always, it started fine, until it got boring. I don’t think either Achilles or Patroclus had any sort of personality whatsoever, except for the fact that they were in love with each other. The writing style was smooth but it also felt kind of flat to me. I tried so hard to keep reading because I thought maybe the ending would be great but there just came a point where I couldn’t. And hey, it’s not my fault, I tried 😭.


And last, but not least, I have…

5: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Who’s surprised? πŸ™‚

I didn’t exactly want to read this book when I did but my friend couldn’t stop raving about it so I was like- fine, let’s just do it. Turns out it was no good. There wasn’t anything wrong with this book except that it was freaking ✨boring✨ and the main characters were freaking ✨annoying✨. I don’t even have any strong feelings towards it to actually criticize something or say that I absolutely hated it because I didn’t. I just found it very bland and pointless. So I stopped reading halfway through.


So, that was it for me! Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know a popular book that you DNFed, down in the comments! πŸ˜€

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36 thoughts on “5 Popular Books I Gave Up On

  1. bruh twilight is my first love πŸ˜‚ IDC what Ppl say i just luv it so much lol. and miss peregrine was truly somthing i didn’t get. i was so hyped for it cuz Jesse kept talking abt it. and Aristotle and Dante πŸ™‚πŸ€‘ the irony of the situation 🀑

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    1. Yes yes you can love Twilight all you want πŸ˜‚. And i know right?!?? He raves about it so much, but I guess his and mine reading tastes don’t match so it’s only fair I didn’t like it. And yes, the irony about Aristotle and Dante πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£

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  2. Nehal, you’re so evil!! 😱 I would unfollow you, except that that would make me a bit of a hypocrite because guess who thought Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was one of the most agonizingly boring books ever and totally agrees with you on Aristotle and Dante’s strange, melancholic vibe? Me, that’s who! 😊😈

    I do love Twilight in a weird love-hate relationship sort of way, though 🀣

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    1. Naemi, I’m still less evil than you! 🀣
      And yesss, good to know we at least agree on a few books! Otherwise we keep fighting over my unpopular opinions πŸ™ˆ.
      And oooh you like Twilight. Well, nice, good for you πŸ˜‚.

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  3. Am I the only one who actually liked miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children??? Anyways.
    I also liked the song of Achilles too, huh. Twilight is trash lol, and I haven’t read Aristotle and Dante (one thing I’ve seen people agree on is that it’s sad)
    Great post!!!

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    1. Pretty sure other people like miss peregrine’s too πŸ˜‚. The song of Achilles is so famous, no wonder you liked it! And yeah, I didn’t finish Aristotle and Dante so I’m not sure if the sad vibe continues throughout the book or not, but it was sad till the amount i read.
      Thankks so much!! ✨

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  4. Two of them I would agree on——–Yes, didn’t read them, but know I would never try:

    1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children—–too creepy for my taste
    2. Twilight- dislike vampires, so no way

    It was the movies that made me not try, so no way

    Well well, I loved Song of Achilles—–that is something we disagree on

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  5. NEHAL ITS ACTUALLY SO BRAVE OF YOU, POSTING THIS OVER HERE AND FORSAKING YOUR FOLLOWERS FOR IT. i’ve been considering unfollowing you too for all the things you said about miss peregrine. WHEN I SAW THAT COVER I THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE HUGE EVIL RANTS AND WAS SO EXCITED. WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME???? 😭😭 but shhh its fine i’m still here BECAUSE I’VE FINALLY FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE WHO SHARES MY DISLIKE OF THE SONG OF ACHILLES AND AM OVERJOYED!!! i was through like 50% of the book and it was so BORING??? and i did not even care about anyone + the dialogue was so formal-ish and I DID NOT LIKE. and YESSSS completely agree with you on the characters-having-no-personality part!! i am SAD you didn’t enjoy ari and dante though, i’ve been seeing so many negative reviews of it lately, EXCUSE ME WHILE I CRY

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    1. See, that’s the thing. I can’t even rant about these books too much because I left them halfway through just because they were boring. I don’t even have any strong feelings πŸ˜‚.
      But thanks for sticking around and not unfollowing 🀩.
      And i freaking know right!!! It was just Patroclus and Achilles fantasizing about each other, thinking about each other bla bla bla and I was like- where is the freaking plot?!
      And ooh, I’m guessing you like Aristotle and Dante πŸ˜‚. Yeah, it wasn’t my type I guess. πŸ™‚

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      1. THANK YOU FOR AGREEING!! and YESSSS EXACTLY!!
        i… haven’t read it yet actually (oops?) BUT THE HYPE HAD MAYBE SUCCEEDED IN CONVINCING ME I SHALL FALL IN LOVE WITH IT WHEN I DO??

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  6. THE FACT THAT TWO OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS ARE ON HERE-😭😭😭 NEHAL HOW COULD YOU?? *cries in the corner*
    But lol yes Ari and Dante is a very melancholic, and sort of a emo book haha BUT STILL ARI AND DANTE??? ARE THEY NOT LOVABLE??😭😭😭
    AND AH MISS PEREGRINES!! i initially picked it up because of Jesse as well, but left it like a few chapters in because it was SO BORING??? I mean I have half the mind to watch the movie as well to see whether it’s just as bad 🫠🫠
    t-the song of Achilles? HOW COULD YOU?? But I mean yes I do have to agree with you that both Achilles and Patroclus are EXTREMELY BLAND, especially Achilles πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆBUT THE ENDING?? WAS IT NOT SOB WORTHY??
    ah yes the classic twilight-πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. I’m sorryyy πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.
      And well, I dunno. I found Aristotle to be just annoying, Dante was fine, I guess. πŸ’€
      You should definitely watch the movie of miss peregrine’s πŸ˜‚. Even though parts of it didn’t make much sense to me, I think it was fine.
      Dude, I didn’t even get to the ending 🀣🀣. I know most people love it for that but it was so boring that I couldn’t make my way through it to actually get to that part!
      πŸ˜‚Classic Twilight yes, have you read it?

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      1. I’ve read half of the book(pretty recently lol and gave up), and watched the first movie I think?? those are some hours from my life I’m never getting back

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