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Monday, May 12, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down but Didn't

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and Bookish

This week's topic:

Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't

I've divided this topic into two! Top five Books I almost put down, but glad I didn't, and Top five books I didn't put down, but wish I would have. 

Top Five Books I Almost Put Down, but Glad I Didn't: 

1) Wildefire by Karsten Knight- I read and reviewed this book in my first year of blogging. I remember  finding the pace of the story a little slow in the beginning, but the writing fantastic. About half way through, the story started to pick up and really loved this one by the end. 

2) Cinder by Marissa Meyer- Believe it or not, I wasn't sure about this one. I am not a sci fi fan, and I wasn't feeling the whole cyborg thing. And honestly, I found myself getting a little bored in the beginning. But something kept me reading and well, I am kind of obsessed with this series! 

3) The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson- I have ranted and raved about this book. But when I first picked it up, there were a few details that I wasn't comfortable with, that almost made me put it down. But I was curious about the rest of the story, and soon after I was completely captivated by the story.

4) Across the Universe by Beth Revis- Again, another Sci Fi. And again, I got a little bored with this one. But by the time I finished it, I absolutely loved it! It was great! 

5) The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff- This was a weird novel. And something about it really bothered me when I was reading it. Maybe it was the demon baby. Who knows. But I kept going, and it was kind of great. Weird and twisted and brilliantly written. 

Top Five Books I Didn't Put down, But Wish I Did:

6) Perdita by Hilary Scharper- It's not that I hated this novel. I just don't get it. I am not sure what the point was. I was always waiting for something to happen, which is probably why I kept reading. I had this feeling like something was about to happen, but it never did. Which was disappointing. 

7) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield- I did not like this book. It was SO boring and silly. If I had not been reading this book for book club I would have quit reading it. I also didn't find the great secret revelation all that amazing. Ugh-  thinking about this book, makes me grumpy. 

8) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater- This one is a bit complicated. I did not like this book. But, funnily enough I enjoyed the rest of the series a bit better. I am not even sure what made me decide to continue reading this trilogy. Anywho... I really did not like the characters. They were so annoyingly whiney. I wanted to scream!

9) The Handmaid's Tale by Maragaret Atwood- Hated this book. I'm sorry. I know it's supposed to be a classic and a social commentary, but I just did not like this story. I am surprised I even read it. It was SO sad and depressing. Not my cup of tea.

10) White Cat by Holly Black- I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I thought it was SO boring. The pace of the story was SO slow, and I wasn't a huge fan of Lila and the whole mob scenario. I enjoyed the writing and I liked the main character (for the most part).

There is my list for you all. I hope you enjoyed. Be sure to link your lists in the comments and I will be sure to check them out.

~Happy Reading Everyone! 


  1. I actually did put The Handmaid's Tale down. I hated the book as well and it gave me a huge migraine. Good for you for powering through it though!

    Here's my TTT post
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  2. I very nearly gave up on Cinder too and now it's one of my favourite series! Mad. Great list :-)

  3. I nearly gave up on Across The Universe too but I kinda wish I had, I didn't really like it.
    Great list! =)

  4. Shiver?! White Cat?! But I love those!! :( LOL Did you read the rest of the White Cat series? Maybe overall you'd like it? Like the Shiver series? Just grasping at straws here, huh? hehe

    I've been told the Across the Universe series gets better as it goes on, but I wouldn't call this one a favorite. I almost put it down, actually, but it didn't make me rush to read the rest either.

    1. I did finish the Shiver series. I liked it oooookay. Cole made it better. I have also read Red Glove and liked that one WAY better than White Cat- I haven't finished the series yet. I also haven't read the rest of the Across the Universe trilogy. I own them, but... what can you do?

  5. I agree with you on The Thirteenth Tale. I ended up skipping to the end just to be done with it. So boring. I'm surprised you read the whole Shiver trilogy that is another book I couldn't finish. I did the same thing with Across the Universe. I liked the way the first book ended so I just left it at that. Great list.

  6. Nice list, like how you did five of each. I am happy to hear that you stuck with Cinder and ended up enjoying it. I am planning to start that series myself soon, Hopefully I will love it just as much :) The Handmaid's Tale is one I tried to read but couldn't get into, glad I gave up on that one because I think it would have made my list as well if I hadn't. Nice picks :) Here's my TTT.

  7. You almost put down Cinder?! :O Lol, for shame!

    Although I loved White Cat, I wish that I had put down Shiver too. It wasn't as great as everybody made it to be.

  8. Oh yay, it makes me happy that Cinder and Across the Universe got you to read sci fi and enjoy it! And as for the books that you wished you had put down, I loved White Cat (although I never connected with Lila either), but I have yet to read any of the others... can't say I'm too keen on them either.


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