Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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

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Happy Tuesday, all!  I'm back with one of my favorite book blogging memes: Top Ten Tuesday!

Today, we are talking about the Top Ten books I almost put down, but didn't.

This list was pretty easy to make, considering that it's rare that I won't finish a book.  When I'm in school reading books for my English major...well, that's a different story.  It can be difficult to keep up with the assigned readings when you're reading 3 or 4 books at a time. 

However, when it comes to reading for funsies, I don't find it difficult to finish books.  I don't know why, but once I get deep enough into a story, I just have to know how it ends.  

Off the top of my head, I can only think of two books I never finished:  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (I was too young to be reading that anyway) and The Host by Stephenie Meyer.   I got pretty far into Larsson's book, but I just could not handle The Host.  I saw the movie and thought it was okay, but the book did not grab me at all.  Plus, it was really long, and I wasn't willing to stick around and see how long it would take for it to get interesting.  

Those were the books I didn't finish.  Here are the books I almost didn't finish.  

1) Lucky by Alice Sebold

I'm a big fan of Alice Sebold.  I absolutely love The Lovely Bones, and I enjoyed The Almost Moon as well.  But, Lucky is a book that was difficult to get through.  The book is not boring, and it's not too long.  It's the subject matter that made it hard for me.

Lucky is Sebold's memoir of the night she was raped in college and the aftermath of that event.  

It is one thing to read a fictional narrative about rape, but to read this very detailed, very real account of Sebold's was difficult for me.  

I finished the book, and I'm glad I did.  I think that Sebold was incredibly brave in publishing this memoir, and also standing up to her rapist.  The book has an important message about courage and perseverance and I definitely recommend it!

2) Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding

I was put off by Bridget Jones' Diary simply because of the writing style.  I didn't mind the journal entry format of the book; it's the way Bridget writes that bothers me.  She uses choppy, broken sentences.  And, she also uses British slang that I'm not accustomed to.  But, I did finish this book and I ended up liking it; it's quite funny.  I have yet to start the sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

3) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

This is one that I have actually read more than once.  I love this story, and I thank my British Novel professor for that.  Again, this is a story that is off-putting because of the style it is written in: stream of consciousness.  Stream of Consciousness is a difficult narrative style to read, but I have actually learned to like it.  Another story that is stream of consciousness that I love is James Joyce's "The Dead".  But, Mrs. Dalloway is a fun, eccentric story that can be very thought provoking once you get a hang of the style.  Loved it!

4) Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Again, I didn't really like the style of this book.  But, the book was super short and only took me a few hours to read so I went ahead with it.

This is another book that is formatted in a journal entry style which, again, I didn't mind.  It was the writing that was dissuading.  

The book is supposed to be a true story, a compilation of a young girl's journal entries.  And, it definitely seems that it was written by a kid.

The story was somewhat interesting.  The ending was a bit of a shocker.  But, half of the time I could not understand the writing so I didn't really know what was going on.  I don't really recommend this one. 

5) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Surprisingly, when I first read this story it was not assigned reading for school.  I had seen the Joe Wright film adaptation starring Keira Knightley, and I just wanted to read the book because I loved the movie so much.  I was a little young to be reading this one, not because of the content but because of the complexity of the writing.  Austen's writing can be intimidating but I was actually able to finish Pride and Prejudice.  And, to this day, it remains my favorite Austen novel.  It is also the only Austen novel that I have read more than once.  Definitely recommend this classic!

6) A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

I can vaguely remember the plot of this story.  That's how little of an effect it had on me.  

There was nothing wrong with the writing.  The story was just boring to me.  I'm not even sure how I finished this one.

7) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

I enjoyed this book.  I thought that the plot was interesting.  What made me want to put it down was the length of it.  There were also moments that seemed pointless or unnecessarily long and boring.  But, I'm glad I finished because it was a good story.  And, I really liked the movie.  I have yet to read the next book in this series, Beautiful Darkness.

8) Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

When I was younger, I really enjoyed Nicholas Sparks novels.  But, as I've gotten older, they have started to lose their glamour for me.   I don't know what it is.  I think that when I was young, I was such a sucker for romance and the idea of true love.  But now, I am into books with action and adventure and more than just love.  I think it also has to do with the fact that Nicholas Sparks' novels are all so similar to each other that they are starting to get boring.  Safe Haven was okay, but The Last Song and Dear John will always be my favorite Sparks novels.

9) Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I talked about this one in my Books That Will Make You Cry TTT.  Allegiant was extremely difficult for me to get through and a very lackluster series finale.  But, yes, it did make me cry.  

I let a friend borrow this one in January.  She gave it back to me at the beginning of May and told me that she didn't finish.  It's just that unexciting.  This story, compared to Divergent and Insurgent, lacks action and mystery because it serves to tie up loose ends and answer all of our questions.  And, most of those answers are political and scientific and just plain boring.

I am glad I finished Allegiant because the ending was good and I can now say that I have completed the Divergent trilogy.  But, man did it take some effort.  

Unless you have nothing else to read, unless you are absolutely dying to know what happens to Tris and Tobias and the rest of this trilogy's characters, I suggest you just wait until the movie comes out rather than read this one.

10) Legend by Marie Lu

I had high expectations for this book, and it just did not meet them.  

I liked the story, but it was just missing something.  I can't place my finger on what it was; maybe it was the lack of plot development or world building that made me want to put this book down. 

But, I didn't.

I ended up liking the story after the halfway point.  It got interesting and the pace started to pick up.  I think I will read the sequel, but it's not at the top of my to-read pile right now.


There's my list.  Be sure to comment and tell me some of the books you almost didn't finish.  Have you ready any of the titles above?  Did you like them?  Find them easy to finish?  

If you have a Top Ten Tuesday for this week, feel free to leave a link so I can check it out!

See you guys next week.


--Teisha xx


  1. I completely agree with Bridget Jones' Diary, the writing style takes some getting used to. I've got to admit that it's one of the only books that I prefer the film version of! I struggled a bit through Pride and Prejudice too but I'm so glad that I persevered with it! New follower :)

    1. Thanks so much for following! I'm so glad I finished Pride & Prejudice, too. It's become one of my favorites. So much so that I have an internal struggle every time I see Pride & Prejudice merchandise on Etsy :)

  2. Oh that's so disappointing about Allegiant! I read Divergent and asked for the other two for my birthday so I'll be reading them soon. Here's mine.

    1. I hope you have a better experience with Allegiant than I did. I loved Insurgent! That's my favorite book from the trilogy. I'll make sure to check out your TTT, and I'll be checking back to your blog for an Insurgent review:)

  3. Only one on that list which I've read is go ask alice... which I quite enjoyed. Books which I almost didn't finish... hmmm I've got a couple on the go right now that I need to finish for sure! Great post, will have to check some of these books out!

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