Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t.

This is kind of a weird topic because it won’t necessarily be a list of my top anything or even books that I liked but will be a list of books that I almost put down and stopped reading for whatever reason but ended up finishing anyway. Some I really ended up loving, most were just okay, and a few I really hated. I hope I don’t make anyone too mad with this list. Here goes:

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass: Wow. I really almost abandoned this book. Several times. I just didn’t like America. I’m sorry. But not really. I know tons of people love this series but I just barely made it through the first book. I made myself keep reading because of all that love. But not all books are for everyone.
  • Otherbound by Corrine Duvyis: There are so many great things about this book but, unfortunately for me, the story wasn’t one of them. I was having a really hard time caring about what was going on and almost gave up on it. I didn’t, but it was very close.
  • The Here and Now by Ann Brashares: The middle of this book got so horribly boring I really almost couldn’t read anymore. Plus, I hated the tangent the two characters went on and wasn’t a huge fan of their relationship. But it was Ann Brashares, so I kept reading.
  • Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski: This one I almost gave up on in within the first couple of pages. The characters, whoever ‘we’ is, just start talking like we should know what’s going on and what happened to them. Luckily, I got used to it faster than I thought I would but I really almost just closed the book right back up and moved on.
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: I have to be honest and say that at one point in the middle of the book when it looked like nothing was going to happen except a love triangle, I almost put it down. Boy am I BEYOND glad that I didn’t! I ended up really loving this book.
  • Salvage by Alexandra Duncan: The language in the beginning really annoyed me. All the ‘so right’s and ‘so daughter’ and whatever was going on were a real turnoff for me. And there never ended up being any real explanation for it, other than that was how they talked on the ships. Also, I was really bored by it. I know some people love it, but I’m not one of them. I’m glad I finished it but I will never read it again.
  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman: Before I picked this up I thought it was a continuation of Willem and Lulu’s story where Just One Day left off but it turned out to be Willem’s side of the story during the same time frame and ended exactly where the other did. When I first realized this, I was upset and almost put the book down. But it’s Gayle Forman. And I couldn’t abandon Willem. So I finished it and, of course, I’m glad I did.
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman: Ok, this book is super super creepy. I don’t do creepy. Movies. Books. I don’t do them. When I realized how creepy this was even as a kid’s book, I really almost put it down. But it’s super short and fast, so I plowed through it and still get creeped out when I think of locked doors, buttons, and “other” mother.
  • Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney: I really almost did not make it through this book. I have to say, I am not a fan. The insta-love was strong in this one. I rolled my eyes quite a bit. Also, this is the book that taught me that magical realism just isn’t for me.
  • Of Poseidon by Anna Banks: A couple things made me want to quit this book. First, the book is told from alternating POVs but for one we get a first person narrative and the other we get a third person. It was very difficult to adjust to because I was listening on audio and didn’t realize what was happening and why everything was changing. It was weird. Secondly, I was not a fan of how Galen treated Emma. He was kind of controlling  and felt a little too Edward-like for me. I did keep reading because there was some humor in it and everyone loves it, but I wasn’t won over by the end.

So that’s my list. Some of the books I ended up really enjoying and some annoyed me all the way to the end. But I really try to not DNF books because I want to make sure I don’t miss the good parts. If there are any.

Are there any books on this list that you felt the same way about? Tell me the best book you almost put down but didn’t!



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7 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (72) : Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t”

  • I had the same problem with Of Poseidon! Every time the point of view switched, I would concentrate on that instead of the story and it was really distracting.

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  • I’ve only read The Selection, and I enjoyed it okay. I have seen its sequel, The Elite on a few lists this week. So I wonder if I would like it or not. Neil Gaiman certainly does creepy and I am not sure I like it. I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane- it was SO weird!

    Great list!

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  • I almost gave up on Don’t Even Think About It too. I found it quite immature. It was very readable though!
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  • Katrina says:

    The fact that you said Coraline is creepy makes me want to read it even more ;) Also, I’ve heard mixed things about The Selection.

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  • Clair. says:

    Coraline is one of the darkest children’s books I’ve ever read
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  • Cassie L. says:

    Thank you for the thoughts on Coraline. I saw the movie a year or so ago and thought it was creepy too – especially for kids! But then I saw the book at the library and wondered about it. Think I’ll be passing on it.
    What about his other works – are they creepy too?
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    • Lori says:

      The only other book of his that I’ve read is Fortunately, the Milk which is a kids book and is actually very cute and funny and has great illustrations. I think his stuff does tend to be creepy but since I haven’t read any of it, I don’t actually know. A lot of people love his books, but I also think he has a pretty unique writing style. I really want to try Stardust and The Graveyard Book sometime but I do worry about the creepiness factor. I’m not always a fan of that. So really, I guess my answer after all of that is I don’t know.

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