Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Did Not Finish
Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's theme is Bookish Things I Want to Quit or Have Quit. You could go a lot of ways with this one, so I'm listing books that I didn't finish (DNF'd). These are the ten most recent books that I couldn't bring myself to finish, beginning with the most recent.
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan - I made it through about a ninth of the audiobook before completely losing interest. Attempted September 4, 2015.
Black City by Elizabeth Richards - I really wanted to like this one because the beginning is so promising. It's an interesting mix of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black meets Legend by Marie Lu plus a dash of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and it was pretty good up until page 100, but then came this horrible forbidden instalove which completely took over the story in a Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet multiplied by Twilight by Stephenie Meyer kind of way. I kept torturing myself until page 175 and probably came out of it with eye strain from near constant eye rolling. Attempted June 5 - 9, 2015.
Teardrop by Lauren Kate - I'm not even sure why I picked this one up in the first place since I couldn't stand Fallen. I barely made it through the prologue and the first chapter. Eureka is an extremely unlikable character and the writing style doesn't make it any easier to like at that. Attempted June 17, 2015.
The Hope We Seek by Rich Shapero - I gave up around 60 pages. I felt so confused, like I was missing something vital. The cover reminds me of the silent film, Metropolis, or maybe hell. Attempted from May 14 - 15, 2015.
Renegade by J.A Souders - The premise of this novel is pretty interesting, but during the one hundred pages I gave it it was incredibly slow, boring, and repetitive. Not much of anything actually happened in what I tried. Attempted May 6 - 7, 2015.
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James - I had high hopes for this, but unfortunately the characters I love just come across as flat and wooden and the characters didn't sound or act like themselves even when quoting their own dialog. After page 60 I realized I didn't care anymore. Attempted April 25 - 26, 2015.
Little Bee by Chris Cleave - Despite all of the good things I've heard about this novel, I just couldn't get into the author's writing style. Attempted February 16, 2015.
The Sinister Urge by Frances Newton - This is the only read for review book I haven't finished, and it's only 122 pages. The description of the book is actually quite misleading. I thought I would be reading about romantic feelings of two members of a broken up band brought back together to judge a reality tv show. It's actually about the incestuous relationship of two siblings who happened to be in a band. Aside from the graphic incest, the writing needs major work in everything from perspective to verb tense. Gave up with a headache on February 6, 2015.
Greywalker by Kat Richardson - I really, really wanted to like this one because it sounds like it's right up my alley - the cover is even illustrated by one of my favorites, Christian McGrath. Unfortunately, after the intense opening it loses its steam and really drags. I may return to it some day. Attempted January 14 - 23, 2015.
Undertown by Melvin Jules Bukiet - The cover of this is what drew me to it, but after one chapter I had to put it down. I did not care for the tone of this novel at all - I mean, it's kind of disconcerting to hear a thirteen year old talk like he could become the next Patrick Bateman from American Psycho.
What do you think of my list? Have we given up on any of the same books? Do any of these get better and are worth going back to? What books have you given up on?