Top Ten Tuesday: The most recent library books I’ve had to abandon (for the time being!!)

Happy Tuesday! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is to share the last ten books we’ve abandoned. While I rarely abandon books by choice, I’m often forced to abandon them when I run out of time borrowing them from the library and someone else has them on hold and I can’t renew them… *sigh*. Always a sad day when that happens!! It usually happens to me when listening to audiobooks on the Libby App (which I LOVE by the way) because I don’t always have enough time to listen to them in just one week. Anyways, today I thought I’d share the most recent books the library forced me to abandon (for the time being!!). I’m very much looking forward to picking them back up whenever they’re available again!

A Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. After FINALLY getting around to reading The Name of the Wind over this past winter break, I attempted to squeeze in a bit of A Wise Man’s Fear was well… and then the spring semester arrived, and I had to bring this tome back to the library. I really want to give myself plenty of time to read this one during my next attempt, so I’m thinking about picking it up again this summer.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I’ve actually only read three Jane Austen novels before (Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Emma) so I was very excited when this audiobook came off of hold recently… and then I got slammed with law school work and ran out of time to listen to it. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this novel this summer!

Normal People by Sally Rooney. I started listening to this a month or so ago just at the beginning of all the buzz about the new tv series. Even though it’s a pretty short audiobook I ran out of time to listen to it–I think I was juggling a few different audiobooks. Very much anticipating diving into this one again and seeing what all the hype is about.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. Yet another audiobook that I just ran out of time to listen to–this time because of final exams. I hadn’t gotten to the main part of the plot yet, but the opening scenes were very, very intriguing. I can see where this book is going, and I’m very interested to see how it all unfolds!

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I actually had to abandon this book TWICE now–once while I was abroad because I checked it out of an Oxford library and then came back to America, and then more recently when I got about halfway through the audiobook before having to return it. But I am determined to finally finish it soon!!

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. SO many people–both friends IRL and other bookworms online–have recommended that I read this, so I finally downloaded the audiobook and then… well, you can sense the pattern here. I enjoyed the little of it that I did get to listen to though, so I’m excited to pick it back up again at some point.

And there you have it! Fortunately my list hasn’t quite reached ten books yet, because that would be a lot of catching up to do. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Do you also have this problem of running out of time to read things before you have to return them to the library? Let me know in the comments section below!



48 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The most recent library books I’ve had to abandon (for the time being!!)

  1. Great list! I’ve had a similar problem – I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter series via audiobook from the library and didn’t have enough time to get to the second book… and now it’s not available until September. Queenie’s one I really want to try, too, and I reserved it from my library, but the libraries are still closed here so I have no idea when I’ll actually be able to read it. I hope you enjoy all of these when you’re able to get back to them!


  2. Out of the three local libraries I’m a a member of, only one allows books to be reissued only once. And that too where one can keep it for two months. And still I don’t get around to finish reading a book. 🙈

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  3. So many good books on here. I’ve enjoyed watching Normal People and would like to give reading the book a try. I’m a fan of P&P but haven’t tried many other Austen books. I started Emma at one stage and had to return it to the library before finishing. What’s your fav Austen novel? Thanks for sharing Holly 😊

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  4. Ahh, running out of time to read books is the worst—especially when you were on hold for so long 😅! I haven’t tried to put any Patrick Rothfuss books on hold yet because I just know I won’t be able to finish them on time haha 😅. And I currently have the audiobook for Emma, but I’m beginning to think I might not finish that on time either. It can be hard to find time to listen and focus on audiobooks haha 🙂.

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  5. Fun twist on the topic! I have had to abandon library books before too, which is usually quite a sad thing. I also love the Libby app, but at one point I used it to reserve a copy of The Bear and the Nightingale, and didn’t realize when my hold came in (and was automatically delivered) and by the time I opened the app again, my borrowing time had expired! Oops.

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  6. I’m really curious about Normal People, especially after all the buzz the TV show has garnered and I know quite a few people that have said the show is even better than the book, which is always a surprise. Uprooted is a beautifully written book, not my favourite fantasy, but it was so very dreamlike

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  7. I recently read Normal People, and I finished it in two sittings (which is pretty insane for my current reading rate). It’s definitely one of the loveliest books I’ve read so far this year, and after I was done with it I couldn’t touch another book for two weeks, oof.
    Loved this post!

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  8. I’m usually really good at reading books before I have to take them back to the library but that’s mainly because I tend to borrow one or two at a time. The last book I took back because I ran out of time was The Dead Zone when I was 14, which was 10 years ago 😅

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  9. I hate when that happens! I always seem to have all my library audiobook holds come in at once and then I’m desperately trying to listen through them all haha. I’ve been meaning to read Uprooted for years, I really hope to get to that one soon! Was it a good narration?

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  10. This happens to me all the time with Libby hahaha! You can actually suspend a hold if it’s coming in at a bad time, which I didn’t know at first, so now I can manage my books from there better! Normal People is on my TBR, so I’m hoping to get to it soon 🙂

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  11. I’ve only read Northanger Abbey, and I read it recently. It’s not my favorite Jane Austen, but I did like it better than Persuasion. I have Normal People, Such a Fun Age, and Queenie on my tbr. I’m anxious to pick those up! Great list!

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  12. I started listening to Queenie and also gave up on it. I think I’m going to try it again as a print book, since I’ve heard such good things about it. I hope you get back to Northanger Abbey, it’s worth a read, as is Normal People.

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  13. omgosh i always feel so ambitious when it comes to library loans and i cant tell you how many times i’ve renewed a book and then realized it’ll only take me a few days to read it LOL i hate myself for it sometimes but it ok! i have been trying to get my hands on uprooted for forever, so i’m really excited to finally have our libraries open up for me to shnag it!

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