Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t…I couldn’t think of 10 for this so I changed it up a bit!
If you know me or have been reading this blog for a while, you know I REALLY REALLY struggle to put down books though I’ve been trying to be better about it. I just have the hardest time ever. On one hand I’m all, “YOLO. Life is too short to read books I’m not into” but then that is easier said than done and the other half of me is all, “WHAT IF IT GETS BETTER?? WHAT IF I AM MISSING OUT ON GREATNESS??” And then the battle wages on in my head whether or not to put the damn book down or not.
So my two lists of 5 books reflect both sides of my struggle with putting down books!!
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: This is one of those books where the payoff was big in the end for me! It was sooo confusing but it comes together. Such an amazing book!
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: How funny that one of my favorite books was one I almost put down (which does not help me in my efforts to get better at not finishing books)! I just couldn’t get into this at first but kept pressing through and I’m so happy. WOW.
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty: This was one that was so strange and hard to get into at first. I couldn’t keep track of what was going on. While it wasn’t ever an OMG I LOVED IT BOOK, I’m glad I kept going because I really enjoyed it by the end and I plan to read the second book which I hear was even better!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Another favorite book! I was intrigued by this book from page one but I first read this one back when I was first getting back into reading and it was a bit of a hard time in the beginning of The Book Thief. SO GLAD I DID NOT PUT IT DOWN. That book.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: So I had to read this for college and I was sooo not into it at first. I almost put it down and just tried to write my essay using my savvy college student ways that aren’t reading the book. However, I decided to press down and it ended up being quite an interesting book!
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook: This book irritated me from page one and I thought maybe it would all come together for me but NOPE.
The Ward by Jordana Frankel: I LOVED this premise and I longed for it to get better but I just had the hardest time visualizing everything and it was just so confusing and convoluted and I wish I had just put it down.
Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant: UGH THIS BOOK. I got done with it and was like HAHA OMG THAT WAS ALL? The concept was there in ways but I seriously wish I could beg the book gods for the time back I spent on this one. Luckily it was a quick read. Just definitely not for me…very different than what I had thought it would be!
Liar by Justine Larbalestier: I think the thing that frustrates me about this one is that one hand this book was brilliant and unique but on the other hand I just…couldn’t handle it. It was definitely an experience but to this day I almost wish I just stopped listening to it so I wouldn’t feel so crazy when I think about this book haha
Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes: I love travelogues and OMG ITALY. I’m normally just sucked right into living vicariously through someone else but this one was so boring. I wish I would have stopped and just watched the movie instead.
So tell me…which books did you almost put down but are glad you didn’t?? Were there any that you wish you listened to your inner voice and put it down?? Does anyone else struggle with putting down books??