Top Ten Tuesday! (69): The Books I Powered Through


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme create at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is:

Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

Another interesting topic of discussion! For this week, I will list the books, tell the reason why I almost stopped, and then let you know if I thought it was worth it to finish. šŸ˜‰

So, here goes nothing!

19288043Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I Almost Put It Down Because: After reading her first two novels, I REALLY found this one to be extremely slow in its development. I got really bored through the first 200 pages. But I asked my coworker if it was worth it to finish, and she told me yes, so I kept on keeping on until I finished it.

Was It Worth It?: Yes and no. I really loved the direction she took the story, but it was just really slowly turning until the last 75 pages, when it just started swirling violently until the end.

Recommendation: Read Sharp Objects instead, if you want a dark and twisty novel.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 9460487

I Almost Put It Down Because: I LOVED the first 100 pages. And then the story took a dramatic turn in style and plot, and I got really turned off by it. But I was still intrigued enough to see where it was going and how it ended.

Was It Worth It?: Not for me. It was weird. And it was rushed. AND then there was a sequel, and it just completely turned me off the book. Oh well.

Recommendation: Don’t take my word for it. Most people love this book!


12578077Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I Almost Put It Down Because: Well, to be perfectly frank, it was pretty bad. The writing was blah, the plot was Twilight with aliens…it was just bad. But I really wanted to see if it was going to get better because, holy cow, how many blogger LOVE this series.

Was It Worth It?: No. Here’s why.

Recommendation: Again, most people love this book.


Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell 49628

I Almost Put It Down Because: The structure of this novel makes it really difficult to invest in. AND the first section of this book uses extremely esoteric vocabulary. It was a hard novel to get the feel of, even though it was intriguing. But at the same time, I didn’t want to put it down either.

Was It Worth It?: Am I glad I read it? Yes. Because I appreciate the post-post modern style and structure. But do I really like it? I appreciate it. But the style and structure also interrupt the story. But this is a novel not about story, but about structure.

Recommendation: Read the novel if you are interested in it at all. And most definitely watch the film, because the film is freakin’ BRILLIANT!


18054175The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

I Almost Put It Down Because: The description of this book is really misleading. I was waiting for the adventurous roadtrip to begin, but it just never did. But I kept reading mostly because I loved the quirkiness and I was part of the blog tour.

Was It Worth It?: Yes. I fell in love with this quirky story and the quirky characters, and I love Quick’s writing style.

Recommendation: Read this, especially if you have read and liked Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock!


Okay, so that’s all I could really think of. Most of the time, if I don’t like something, or I am bored, I will DNF. So that’s why this list is shorter than 10. Oh well.

What books did you almost put down? Did any of mine make your list? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Love and Jon Snow, who is so fine,


21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday! (69): The Books I Powered Through

  1. Carrie-Anne says:

    Some of the books by my list were Hermann Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game, The Divine Comedy, and A Farewell to Arms. I’m most glad I gave second chances to the first two, but I had to force myself to finish gagging down the Hemingway book.

    • alibrarianslibrary says:

      Oh Hemingway, I haven’t finished a book by him because I got bored. But I also haven’t picked him up since high school. I plan on seeing if I can pick him up again sometime soon to see how I feel about him now.

  2. Rachel says:

    Ha! I had the same experience as you with Miss Peregrine. I loved the beginning, then became increasingly disappointed and frustrated. I can’t remember what I decided in the end, but I know I wasn’t particularly excited when I heard the second book was out.

  3. Reviews from a Bookworm says:

    I tried to read Cloud Atlas but ended up putting it down, it wasn’t that interesting for me. I do love the look of the film so I think I will watch that instead of reading the book. Miss Peregrine looked weird and so I didn’t give it a try, I’ve seen mixed reviews so I am still unsure. Gone Girl was a weird but interesting read, I enjoyed it for the most part. I plan to read Sharp Objects so I am glad you seemed to like that one. Nice picks šŸ™‚ Here’s my TTT.

    • alibrarianslibrary says:

      Oh my gosh the film was BEAUTIFUL! and it actually added more to the book/story. It’s one of the few films I would recommend OVER the book! So definitely watch it! AND SHARP OBJECTS OMG! =)

  4. LilysBookBlog says:

    oh i still havent read Miss Peregrine but now i’m worried i won’t like it either *shakes head* and i have to read that Jennifer L Armtrout series because i read white hot kiss and seoruisly loved it so i wanted to give her other books a try but now i just don’t know *shakes head again*

  5. Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books says:

    I haven’t read Gone Girl or Miss Peregrine’s yet. I want to like them both. I hear a lot of great things, so I’m hoping that I’ll like it. Especially Miss P’s because I already bought the book :/ But now I’m scared I might not because I don’t know how I handle weird…

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

  6. tiffnanny says:

    I couldn’t finish Gone Girl. I was listening to the audio and I tried for over a week to get past the first four discs and I just couldn’t do it. I know a lot of people really liked it, but it just wasn’t for me.

    Great list by the way. I’m one of those who liked Obsidian, but I can completely see why you didn’t. For me I was more excited about the comparisons to Roswell and it was definitely one of the main reasons I liked Obsidian as much as I did. Actually, I liked her Covenant series significantly more, if you think you might give something else of hers a try.

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