Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Books I Almost
Put Down But Didn’t
When a book is cracked open, you never know whether or not you’ll find yourself enjoying it by the end. And during the read, there might be times that you’re fed up with plot or character antics, confused with how things are happening, or are simply not enjoying the experience as you had hoped. So it turns into a gamble: to continue or not to continue. If you’re like me, always giving things a chance past-expiration point, by the time you might decide one or the other…you’re already done the book. And so you ask yourself: was the payoff worth it?
Books that I almost put down but didn’t:
Backward Glass (David Lomax)
I ended-up really enjoying this novel. But truthfully, there was so much work involved to keep yourself afloat with information management which weren’t necessarily infodumps…but it was hard work to keep tabs on mental notes.
The Waiting (Joe Hart)
A lot of nothing happens in the beginning. But like all horror films (or books, I guess), all things serene and pleasantly full of mundane activities is thrown out the window once the shit hits the fan. Because when it did, I was considering putting it down because of the wtf factor increasing one-million-fold.
When You Were Here (Daisy Whitney)
Mumsy passes away..and he’s all like: *rage* *rage* “wtf you promised me you’d attend my graduation. why did you die?”
Oh Danny boy…your antics are so rage inducing.
The Here and Now (Ann Brashares)
expectation: 300 pages in this sci-fi time-travel novel.
reality: 301 pages of YA romance.
The Runner (J.M. Johnson)
So much illogical shit happens…so many characters who add zero value disappear after a paragraph (or at least it felt like that)…so much wishful thinking. But I didn’t put it down…
Where You’ll Find Me (Erin Fletcher)
So you’re a rebel and sneak out, right? And you hear a guy cough in your garage (at night), right? And happily ever after, right? Yeah…right NO.
Deltora Quest (Emily Rodda)
An impulse book fair purchase when I was 10. With plenty of video games and outdoorsy distractions to keep me away, I think I finished the first book based on principle of money spent needs to be worth it’s entertainment value. And I’m sure many people might complete their books based on this reasoning too (I hope?)
I couldn’t think of any more off the top of my head, so I’ll diverge the topic to now include:
Books that I put down and have yet to re-pick back up:
Entry Island (Peter May)
There’s nothing wrong with the writing or the premise. Not sure if I’ll continue this one, but this mystery might not be for me.
Unravel (Calia Read)
Simply bad timing that I started this (during Sochi Olympics), and then discovered Sanderson’s Steelheart. And this was easily forgotten. SorrynotsorrybutI’llreadthislaterlaterlater.
Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta)
The hurdle is high and I cannot trudge any faster to read this. I found it to be pretty slow (and I know this is a popular novel amongst many) but ships can only take me so far.
The Good Luck of Right Now (Matthew Quick):
I think maybe I’d appreciate this more if it was an on-screen version–Silver Linings Playbook 2.0. But to be honest, I read like three (or maybe it was four) chapters and I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe it’s a book for another time…but I just can’t right now.
My mind flew over the fact that today was Tuesday and I needed a post. So I whipped this one up pretty quickly. Annnnd now back to reading for reading (but more-so for #boutofbooks.)