Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t. Again, I’m thanking Goodreads. I’ve scoured my read shelf to help me. For some reason I’ve found this week’s list rather hard. I think it’s because most of the time, if I’m thinking of putting it down, I usually do! I’ve learnt that life is too short to read something I don’t enjoy. I would pick it up again, if someone told me it gets better, but more often than not, I don’t pick up or keep going with a book I’m not enjoying.
In no particular order… (click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!)
I was initially put off by the size of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It’s quite a chunky book. I thought I was going to put it down soon after starting, just because I found the size quite overwhelming. But I persevered and I’m glad I did, because I thought it was a great story.
It took me a while to get into this book, but I’m glad I continued to read it, because I ended up liking it. I think this may have been a book club read which is why I kept going.
I’m one of those people that thought The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling was okay. I wasn’t blown away, I didn’t love it. It’s not very memorable though. I’m glad I read it because I wanted to read something else by J.K Rowling that wasn’t Harry Potter.
I very nearly gave up on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. That was purely down to the fact that I took a while to get into it. I found it quite confusing at the start. I’m glad I continued though, as it really is a spectacular story, told in a very beautiful way.
Regular readers of my blog may be surprised to see The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale on here. However, its inclusion on this list is because my copy (an ARC) had really bad formatting issues. I nearly gave up and waited for the book to be published. I kept on going though, and I’m glad I did because I felt like I could talk about the book and create some buzz amongst my friends for a very unique read.
I have some issues with this book. I really, really wanted to like it, but the hype monster got me. I just could not understand why people were raving about it so much. However, I really did appreciate the beautiful writing, which is why I’m pleased I carried on reading it. Sorry if you’re a fan of The Night Circus but it just wasn’t for me.
It may be a surprise to regular readers of my blog to see Another Little Piece on this particular list as well, because I love this book. But it utterly confused me. I didn’t know what was going on at all most of the time. But the story and the writing was haunting and descriptive. It’s such a unique book. I’m pleased I didn’t give up.
I was really conflicted by this book. I love books about dance, so I thought Dance of Shadows would be right up my street. It’s good, but wasn’t amazing. Yet, I’m still pleased I gave it a chance!
For me, Rebecca took a while to get going. Once I’d got past that though I was thoroughly enjoyed the book and it remains to be one of my favourite classics.
I really enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife. I thought I was going to be giving up with it, as the jumping around in time began to confuse me, but once I got used to it, it was fine and enjoyable!