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 (or “did not finish” a book) 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.
These numbers below are based on two of the most commonly-used Goodreads bookshelves, “DNF” with 1.1 million shelved books and “did not finish” with 947K shelved books. Because of this, it’s obviously only a small percentage of readers who actually use these tags to mark the most common books never finished.
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. And, well, many of these are hefty, long books.
Finally, all numbers given are from August 2018 and may not reflect stats you see later.
Most common books never finished on GoodReads
With that out of the way, here are the most DNFed, did-not-finish, absolutely noped, books never finished according to Goodreads users.
- 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)
Are any of these books you’ve never finished? Do you absolutely agree with any of the ratings here? Want to dig into some other juicy Goodreads stats? Check out the highest-rated books on Goodreads here.