Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't

Monday, May 12, 2014

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely girls at The Broke and the Bookish. As an avid reader, I am always reading books, and sometimes I come across a rotten egg or maybe one that's good but just really slow going, either way, I don't categorize it as a DNF and I eventually finish it. Well today's post is dedicated to such books. In no particular order:

1. Shadowcry (Wintercraft) by Jenna Burtenshaw
I expected so much more from this book, and around every corner, it never came. It had such a great plot and such wonderful potential, and I thought by reading it in its entirety I would see that potential flourish. Read my review here.

2. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
As a lover of Graceling and Fire, I thought Bitterblue would live up to the others. It was a very sad disappointment in my opinion. It was extremely slow, but I am a loyal fan of her work, so I decided to finish it. Read my review here.

3. Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
This book has gotten awards, and it seemed to be a great read. No. I just absolutely hated almost everything about this book. I didn't even bother writing a review over it, but did I finish it? Yes, I did.

4. Queen of Hearts: The Crown by Colleen Oakes
I love Lewis Carroll's work, and this wasn't similar except for some of the characters. I did finish it because I did want to know what would happen, but at the end I felt oddly unaffected. 

5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
This book was said to hold everything I wanted and more. They were comparing it to Game of Thrones, and praise was all over the Internet. But I found very few similarities, and only wished to know what happened. That's only a very small thing that kept me reading this one.

6. 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen
I read this because it was one of my ARCs on NetGalley. I was frustrated with so many things in this book, but because of my frustration, I wanted to write a thorough review over it. Review to coe in a couple weeks.

7. The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
I was expecting a New Adult version of THG, but I didn't get it. I felt the writing was poorly executed but the only thing that kept me going was the review I had to write once I finished.

8. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
My OCDness was going crazy with this book. It made no sense to me. It was like the setting wouldn't compute in my mind. It was SO hard to finish, but it was an accomplishment once I shut that book.

9. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
I have so many issues with this book. One of them being that it is so long for a not so complicated story. Read my review here.

10. Deviation Christine Manzari
This was actually a good book, so I am hesitant to add this book to the list. I actually liked it, but again, this book was way longer than it needed to be and got lost in its subplots.

Are there any books you would add to a list like this?


  1. I had a bit of trouble with the craziness of Incarceron, but once I got to the end I was happy enough to rate it a 4. ;) I haven't ventured into the other books in the series, though! I wanted to try a book by Kirsten Cashore, but I honestly wasn't drawn into the blurb of Graceling. >_< I need to try, it still though!! Great list. I hadn't even heard of a lot of these books till now. :))

    1. That's what Addison said (my co-blogger), but I just couldn't hack it. It' was just driving my Type-A personality crazy.

      I would advise trying books by Cashore. She's a decent writer, and her work is one of a hand full of writers that makes it close to Tamora Pierce (in my opinion), but I have major issues with her work as well. Thematically it has some issues, especially where feminism and motherhood are concerned, but overall, she crafts a great story and builds an intriguing world. :)

  2. I hadn't heard of half of these books before I read this blog post, which may or may not be a good thing. I really enjoyed Beautiful Creatures. One book that I gave up reading was Passion by Lauren Kate. It is the third book in the Fallen series, but I did not like it at all. It was just a bunch of running around through different times without much of anything happening.

    1. I heard that series by Lauren Kate isn't very good, so I've never picked it up myself. It stinks, but sometimes you just have to read duds in order to recognize the good ones. :)


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