Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, everyone! This fantastic weekly meme is hosted by the lovely blog the Broke and the Bookish, so definitely be sure to check them out! This week the topic is Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t. This doesn’t happen to me often, but there have been a few books that I’ve come close to setting aside for another day (or never again). So, in no particular order:
- Being Henry David by Cal Armistead. I knew from the very first page that this was going to be a tough book to get through, simply because the author’s writing style didn’t click with me from the start. It was too choppy and abrupt, and just not for me. I almost put it down, but I wanted to at least give it a chance. This ended up being an okay read- definitely not one of my favorites, but I didn’t completely hate it.
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. This book was assigned reading for my American Literature class this year, which is probably one of the only reasons why I didn’t put it down. Again, this has to do largely with the author’s writing style- I’m not a huge fan of the way Hemingway writes. The plot was not very engaging, either, which didn’t help matters. This book ended up being okay, but not something I would reread given the choice.
- Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith. I actually did put this book down for a few months, but I did eventually end up finishing it. The plot felt like it moved at a very slow pace and I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters in the story. I was also sort of confused for a chunk of it, so I didn’t really get what was going on with fantasy world that Smith was trying to create.
- Dear Teen Me by Miranda Kenneally and various authors. This book was assigned summer reading for my entire high school last summer, which was a really bad decision on the school’s part. A lot of us felt like we couldn’t connect with any of the letters, and most of them were incredibly cheesy. I literally had to sit down and force myself to read this one.
- The Kill Order by James Dashner. I was rather disappointed with the ending of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner, so I thought that maybe this book could be a redeeming installment in the series. I was expecting it to be about the same characters, but instead it was like the start of a completely different series. It just wasn’t what I expected or initially wanted, and it didn’t make me like the ending of the series any better.
- Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. Where do I even begin? This series started out fairly good in the first book or two, and then spiraled sharply downhill from there. I forget exactly how many books there are in the series (eight? nine?) but personally I think it should have definitely stopped after the first three. However, I did end up reading all of them because I wanted to see how in the world Patterson would end the series.
- Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. I read this novel quite some time ago, so I don’t remember exact details about it. But I do distinctly remember not liking it at all. I think I just found it very slow and dull.
- Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. This is a book that I very recently finished reading, and I actually ended up enjoying it a lot. I thought it was slow at first, which is why I contemplated putting it down, but after about the first hundred pages or so it picked right up. This is one that I definitely recommend!
- Please Don’t Be True by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. This novel is quite long and is just about your average teenage girl. It wasn’t anything special, and it was another one that I practically had to force myself to finish reading.
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I think the problem I had with this one is that I was too old to enjoy it when I read it. I’m not really into the whole pirates thing now, but I probably would have enjoyed it had I read it when I was younger.
I know that this post is rather negative, but that doesn’t mean that these books aren’t worth trying out for yourself!
What books have you almost put down? Are there any that you have put down altogether and don’t plan on picking back up? Have you read any of the books on my list? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments section below!