Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't

I almost always finish books, even if I don't enjoy what I'm reading, just for the sake of closure.  Here are a few that I got REEEEEEEEEEAAAAALY close to breaking that rule for, though, and whether or not I'm glad I kept going:

10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I have a feeling that this one will appear on many lists today.  The first half nearly killed me, in a bad way.  The second half actually did kill me, but in a good way.

9. Star Crossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce
I just struggled to get into this book, but ended up enjoying the ending.

8. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I probably would never have actually stopped reading this book, because I'd already read the first two books and I needed the closure.  But I surely did not like what I was reading.

7. Matched by Ally Condie
I know this series has a big fan base, but it just didn't do it for me.  I finished it just to say I'd finished it, but didn't continue the series.  (I understand the love for this series, though.  Romance has just never been my favorite genre.)

6. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
Who am I kidding, I would never actually STOP reading Martin.  But boy howdy, a CERTAIN EVENT in this novel made me SO ANGRY.  I kept going, but maintain that the books drastically changed direction in this book, and they've never recovered.

5. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
I got close to putting it down, but ended up finishing it.  I can't remember much from this book other than the bizarre parts in the jungle with the "natives."  Which is why I've never read Extras.

4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I actually did put this one down for a while.  A few months later I started reading again just because I was bored, and ended up totally loving it.  So glad I didn't let my first experience with this book hold me back!

My brother-in-law asked me if I would read this book if he bought if for me.  I said, "sure!"  (Um, free book? The answer will always be YES.)  Unfortunately I didn't end up sharing his love for this series, as much as I wanted to.  The only reason I finished was because I had promised I would before I started.

2. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
I can appreciate the research that went into writing this book, and the gothic feel of the novel, but I still think it was about 300 pages too long.  (And I really despise that ending.)

1. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I had a really hard time getting into the first hundred pages, but I'm SO GLAD I persisted because I ended up totally loving the last half!

What about you?  Any books you almost put down but didn't, and ended up loving it in the end?  Or any books that you stuck through, only to wish you'd put it down earlier?


  1. I put down the Autobiography of Malcolm X. And I feel like a horrible person for doing it, but MAN I could not get over the mid-book hump in that one. I should probably re-read it, knowing from friends that the end totally redeems the rest of it.

    1. You know, I think no single book in the world connects with EVERYONE. If it wasn't working for you, I don't blame you for putting it down. There are plenty of good books to read out there!

  2. I think I'm one of the few people who actually liked Allegiant. Oh, and I'm on book 11 of the Wheel of Time series and I STILL have to fight the urge to put the book down every time. I love the story, but Jordan gives just WAY too many details, too many POVs and he splinters his plot in a million directions. But I can't give up on the story! I listen to them on audiobook now because then I can tune out when it starts to drone on and on. LOL!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Haha! Way to keep at it, even when it's difficult! That was a good idea to switch to audio books, hopefully it'll pass by quicker. On the bright side, you only have four more books to go! (Or is it five?...)

  3. I actually DNFed Seraphina. The first bit was REALLY hard to get into. Maybe I need to give it another chance since you love the last half!

    1. Personally I never 100% connected with Seraphina herself, but I appreciated watching her grow throughout the book. Plus I really liked the supporting characters. The second half became kind of a who-done-it, with a good amount of tension and red herrings, so it really was a fun read in the end. I certainly understand DNFing though, the first half was really hard for me, too.

  4. I actually put down the first Ice and Fire book and didn't pick it back up for 2 years. Then I couldn't put it down and loved loved that series. So yes.. I put down Game of Thrones (this was back in 2003 before the show).

    1. Those Song of Ice and Fire books are not for the faint-hearted. Martin's ability to bring characters to life amazes me though. Do you watch the HBO series as well? Despite my grievances with certain plot decisions in the later books, I still have read them all and can't wait for Winds of Winter to be released, but the tv series is a bit too much for me. It's one thing to read about the white walkers attacking, it's another thing to see the blood on the snow, you know what I mean?


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