Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme was Top Ten Books You Almost Put Down but Didn’t. I found this topic to be really difficult, as I rarely power through books once I put them down for more than a few days. Therefore, I decided to put my own spin on the topic this week to suit my reading habits and instead compiled Ten Books I Put Down & Still Need (& Want) to Finish.
(In No Particular Order)
1) Venom by Fiona Paul- I was really drawn by the gorgeous cover of this book, and received it for my birthday last year. I got maybe three chapters in and then ended up losing track of it when I moved and only recently unearthed it. I’m excited for the setting and the grisly murder scene at the beginning has definitely intrigued me to read more.
2) The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray- This book is huge and so much time had elapsed between when I picked this up and when I had read the first two books in the series that I felt too lost when reading it (is it just me or does picking up the next book in a series without recently reading the others irritate other people as well?) I really want to go back and reread the whole series in succession and finish this, as Bray’s writing is beautiful, although one of the major plot points was unveiled to me (and that I wasn’t happy with). Sigh.
3) Envy by Anna Godbersen- I kind of lost interest in this series, but I’ve invested in hardcovers of the first three so I feel obligated to finish it. Although after they killed off a major character (in book two I believe) it got really depressing.
4) A Ring of Endless Light by Madeline L’Engle- I remember picking up a paperback copy at Borders a long, long time ago because I’ve heard it’s such a classic, but never got past the first few pages (and honestly kind of forgot what it’s supposed to be about) but according to Goodreads it’s actually fifth in a larger series, so maybe it will lead me to an entire new series! Has anyone else read this? Thoughts?
5) The Diviners by Libba Bray- I love Libba Bray, I’m so sad that she’s on this list twice! I suffered at the hands of library due dates and wasn’t able to complete this one , but it’s a goal for the summer as I have a slight (humongous) Gatsby obsession.
6) Delirium by Lauren Oliver- I got like 75% of the way through this book and it started putting me to sleep, which I was surprised about because so many people I know rave about this series. I’d like to finish it though and see if the ending picks up!
7) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- I started this as a freshman in high school upon the recommendation of my English teacher who thought I was ready for more advanced reading, but the size intimidated me on top of all of my other fifteen-year-old responsibilities and homework. I’m really hoping to tackle it and enjoy it soon, because it’s been referenced in so many other things that I’ve read, obviously because it’s such a classic.
8) Pendragon: The Merchant of Death (#1) by D.J. Machale- So I really wanted to get into Pendragon because my boyfriend grew up reading it, but I’m encountering what I imagine readers who start Harry Potter as adults encounter: the first books seem juvenile because the protagonist is still a child and he grows with the series. It seems to be a matter of getting through the more child-oriented narrative of the first few books.
9) A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. Martin- So the day I started this series I ended up getting sick the same night, and needless to say never got around to picking it up again. I need to get into this series because I basically know a ton about it because a lot of my best friends read it, and I have sat through enough conversations to sound like I know what I’m talking about, and even formed my own theories and joined fandoms (I want to be Khaleesi, but who doesn’t? Also, House Martell sounds like my kind of house). I haven’t even watched more than the pilot of the show- I know, you’re giving me that look. But I swear I’ll remedy this sometime soon!
10) City of Secrets (Stravaganza #4) by Mary Hoffman- So I’ve talked on my blog about how much I loved the Stravaganza series, and the initial trilogy was so good. I guess the author has expanded the universe to include another trilogy, though with some new characters, and finishing it was hard because it just didn’t seem to have the same charm as the first three. I’m willing to give it another try though.
So I tweaked the topic a bit but I hope you enjoyed checking out my list! I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of my choices (if you’ve read them, if you also still haven’t finished them, etc). Link back to your TTT and I’ll check out yours!