Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

Posted May 13, 2014 by Brin in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

This week’s topic is interesting – there are many books I have almost put down but something compels me to keep going regardless. I have a problem where I find once I’ve started – I need to keep going. Here are some books which were pretty close calls:

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New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

I read and actually enjoyed the first book in the Twilight series somewhat despite myself. I did not enjoy the sequels as much even though I persevered and read all of them.

Fallen and Torment by Lauren Kate

I read the first book and didn’t love it. Then I read the second book and still didn’t love it. I stopped there even though normally I would make myself trudge through the series (my OCD kicks in and I feel like I have to stick with a series even when I am not enjoying it).

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Evermore by Alyson Noel

I read this entire book even though I wasn’t enjoying it. I haven’t read the rest of the series – and II have no plans to ever.

Desolation by Travis Simmons

A m/m romance with zombies – I really wanted to love this but didn’t. I still finished the book though – I have a real problem with letting things go haha!

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Even my OCD could not force me to read the rest of this series. I should never ave bought books 1 and 2 together – damn you pretty covers!

Falling for the Ghost of You

Annoying MC nearly made me hurl the book against the wall (more than once). I stuck with it to the end even though I kept getting more and more irritated.

The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel

I loved the first book The Clan off the Cave Bear so much it hurts me that this series has just gotten progressively less enjoyable with each book. I will probably still be a masochist and read the last book at some point even though it will pain me to do so.

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14 responses to “Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

    • I was exactly the same – the cover is so pretty but the book itself is just annoying. I think Nora may be my least favourite YA protagonist (even Bella is better)!!

    • I know what you mean – it could have been really great but just…wasn’t. It soured me on the whole Vampire genre to be honest (except for Vampire Academy!) 🙂

  1. I finished the Hush, Hush series and it was okay. To be honest, I could have spent my time better and reading something else! I am a pain in the arse for putting books down if they don’t get me in the first 100 pages!

    Thanks for sharing & great list! xxx 🙂

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

    • I couldn’t read the rest of the series – I managed to get through the first book and that was it. lol 😉

      I do the same but sometimes I do go back to books I have put down – it can be I was just not in the right mood for it the first time round. Of course if it doesn’t grab me the second time it’s all over!!

  2. Yes, Hush, Hush’s cover was a big reason why I bought it when it was first released. But, oh, how betrayed I felt when it fell positively flat.

    • I have seen so many people say the same thing about this book. I have been lured in by other pretty covers and really regretted it but this one was the worst offender. 😉

  3. I felt the same way as you about Fallen! I loved the covers, but the books were so lackluster I couldn’t even make it halfway through the second one. I enjoyed Evermore but the rest of the series became really irritating, though I did stick with it until the end. Great list!

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    • Yeah, Fallen was another one where the cover didn’t match the content. I was pretty bored but it wasn’t quite as irritating as Hush, Hush just…insipid and not very engaging. I know a lot of people who like the series but I just couldn’t get into it.

      I like your list. I have only read the Diviners and Game of Thrones. GOT is one of my all-time favourites so I would definitely recommend giving it another shot when you have time. 😉

  4. Those sneaky book covers that lure us in. So, it’s true what we all keep banging on about – the covers definitely hold a big appeal – so disappointing though when the content doesn’t match up. I went this week for books that I almost put down but then was so glad I didn’t! I never liked Fallen – only read the first. Read Hush Hush – but no further. Read all of Stephenie Meyers!! The 4th was not good at all. I enjoyed the first three at the time – would I like them now – probably not. At the time they felt original to a certain extent. Nowadays, I prefer my vampires the way they were always intended. Heartless!
    Lynn 😀

    • They really do – and it is such a disappointment when these books turn out to be a dud. Mind you, I have thought that about some books but when I have tried to read them again i have enjoyed them so sometimes it’s me not them. lol. 😉

      I know what you mean – evil vampires of the non-sparkly variety are the best!!

    • I couldn’t get past book 2 – never even attempted the rest. That was one instance when I didn’t let my OCD overrule me! I;m not surprised to hear the last two books were bad – sorry you had to go through that!! 😉

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