Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

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Welcome to another addition of Top Ten Tuesday the blog meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share books that we almost put down but didn’t.  I had trouble with coming up with ten books this week.  Mainly because of my policy of 50-100 pages and if I’m not hooked I’m done.  It rarely happens that I decide to push through a book I’m not enjoying.  Usually those are titles that I’ve committed to read for some reason, but recently I find myself even putting down books that I requested for review.  I’ve now decided that I will no longer give those books a star rating.  I will give some sort of feedback, a few sentences of why it didn’t work for me, but I’m not going to rate something I didn’t finish.  It’s not fair to the author.  After all the book might of picked up and turned around, and of course just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it wont work for someone else.  If I stick it out to the bitter end, though, and still didn’t enjoy the book I feel like I’ve earned the right to give it a one or two star rating.  Anyway…here are my picks for this weeks list of books I almost (or wanted to) give up on but didn’t. (click on book cover to visit book on Goodreads)

Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down but Didn’t

  1. Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1) Every once in a while I get into my head that I should really try to read a classic.  I need to stop.  Most of the time I don’t enjoy them and then I just feel dumb.  After all these are established books that are great literary contributions to society, and I either don’t get it or they are such a chore to read.  This one wasn’t as bad as most. It was just strange, but I guess it was meant to be the main character was in an asylum and we are meant to question if the journey was real or just in her head.  ADDED after posting:  I have apparently confused the tv show with the book.  IN the book she was asleep, in the tv show she was committed to an asylum after her journey.  Sorry to any Wonderland fans for my mistake.
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)  This book took me a month to get through. A MONTH!  I read anywhere between 2-4 books a week.  I stuck through to the bitter end, but I should have set the book down as soon as Frodo left the Shire.  By the end I didn’t give a damn if they ever reached the mountain and destroyed the freaking ring.  There was no way I was ever going to read another Tolkien book ever again.
  3. A Thousand Splendid Suns  I enjoyed the Kite Runner, well as much as you can enjoy a book about such serious events in a war torn country.  This is one of my husband’s favorite authors, so I decided to give this book a go when it came out.  I almost put it down and again I should have.  It is an important book to read, people should know what life is like for women in Afghanistan, but it was so depressing.  I realize it needed to be written the way it was but I wish the author could have found justice for a few of the characters that didn’t receive any in this story.  I read to escape.  This book just reminded me what a crappy place this planet can be and how humans truly are the monsters we read about.
  4. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional UniverseThis was a read that I liked the premise more than the execution.  I knew I was in for a strange ride when I started, but I guess I was just expecting more.  I finished it, but probably could have just set it down.
  5. Sing Them Home  This was an All Iowa Reads selection a few years ago, so this was a book I had to read for a book talk at work.  I did not like it.  It was strange and the community didn’t represent any mid-west one I knew.  This book made me wonder just who is selecting these books for the program.  I suffered through.
  6. Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness This was another All Iowa Read Selection.  It is an important book to have been written.  The events that took place in the war torn country of Burundi needed to be told, but I didn’t necessarily enjoy reading about it.  Again another story that reminded me who the real monsters are and that life is a nightmare for so many in this world.  The reason I would have put it down if I didn’t need to read it for work, isn’t so much the depressing horrific event in this man’s life, but the way the story was told.  It was slow to grab me and was structured strangely.
  7. Betrayed: Days of the Rogue (Law of the Lycans, #2.5) Stuck it out with this one, but wanted to put it down.  I enjoyed the other books in this series so much more than this one.  This book didn’t feel like it belonged in the series.
  8. The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies, #4)  This might be the last book in this series I read.  It just isn’t grabbing me anymore.  I’m to the point I don’t care anymore if they save earth.  The first book was so great, but the rest have just felt flat in comparison.
  9. The Here and Now  I was literally 5 pages from putting this books down then one plot point grabbed me and I finished the book in a day.  I ended up enjoy it more than a lot of the other reviewers on Goodreads, but that was because I was able to overlook so much that bothered them.  I think it was good and it was one of those rare occasions where I am glad I stuck with it.
  10. The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)  I almost set this book down, not because I wasn’t interested in the premise, but because it was so confusing.  The author went a little overboard with using strange terminology and slang.  I eventually was able to keep things straight or I just glossed over the words I didn’t get.  Ended up liking the book and will be reading the next.

 

So there we have it, my list.  Look forward to reading all of yours.

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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

    1. Thanks for stopping by, will be checking out your list shortly. I’m so ready to be done with the I am #4 series, interesting plot, but just dragging on too much. Have not tried the Book Thief yet, but perhaps someday. Tolkien, sadly is not for me.

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    1. I so wanted to love Tolkien, but just could not get into the story. I tried harder then I have with most authors. When I finished the story I was almost afraid to post my review as so many people love the story. Oh well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank is a novel about a community in Florida struggling to survivr after a nuclear holocaust. I started the book and realized it was written in the 1950’s and I though, hmmm, I’m not sure. I thought it would be dated so I stopped reading it. I picked it up again a few months later and I was glad I did. The writing was beautiful and the story was great. It ended up being a very pleasant surprise.

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    1. That’s what I try to keep in mind when I stop some books. That the timing might just not be right. That’s the beauty of books, you can always come back and try again.

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    1. I agree there was a lot of hype around the book. I think I would have probably enjoyed it more if I hadn’t had my hopes raised for such a phenomenal read.

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    1. I was into the whole we are the cause of our own destruction. Failing to fight climate change is going to lead to consequence that are unknown to us today. We all know that growing food is going to change, look at what is happening in California. The weather is going to change, oceans are going to rise. The book brought up a point that I had not thought of before, animals, or insects are going to change too. Mosquitoes thrive in water, after the gnat infestation we had in Iowa after major flooding last summer I can totally see this being a major problem. And as a result illnesses are going to be more easily spread and there may be pandemics that we are unable to stop. My hope is that young readers will take that lesson from the book, but probably won’t because they are going to all get hung up on the failed romance and plot holes… I was also into the root of all the going back in time wasn’t so much to save humanity but to save big business for the first traveler.

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      1. True say. Thanks for your insight! Certainly good to hear more about a diverging opinion focusing on the core grit of what the novel is supposed to be (even if it didn’t materialize for me that way).

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  2. I’m not sure if you read the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I can assure you that the original Alice is not in an asylum–she’s asleep. The ‘and then she woke up’ end does drive me a little crazy, though.

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    1. It was a while ago and I’m probably getting the plot confused with the tv show that was canceled. It was Lewis Carroll’s. As you can see it must not have left a lasting impression if it was so easily confused between the two.

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      1. Nearly every remake version of Alice does have her in an asylum, I’ve noticed.
        Even the sequel, Through the Looking Glass, has the same ‘it was a dream premise.’ But Carroll gave us one of my favorite poems, Jabberwocky, so I’ll forgive him. ;)

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