Ten Books I DNF (Did Not Finish)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week is all about those books that we gave up on too easily. I decided to spin the topic and talk about books that I didn’t finish reading for one reason or another. Now, I don’t like to be too negative on my blog, so please remember that these books just didn’t work for me. I don’t think they are bad books at all. It’s just I found something about them problematic personally. You may have loved them!

Book images go to Goodreads!

All the Truth That's in Me

This one might shock a few people because I know it’s quite well loved! I found it to be a bit of a slow burner and a little predictable.

A Different Me

I found this book lacked depth when it could have had so much!

A Hole in My Heart

This was a sweet enough story but I really didn’t connect with the characters.

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)

I was so disappointed with this book!

Miss Carter's War

The pacing of this book really affected my enjoyment!

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I know others have really enjoyed this book, but it really didn’t work for me.

Almost Grace

This story didn’t engage me like I wanted and I didn’t connect with the characters.

Because You'll Never Meet Me (Because You'll Never Meet Me #1)

I really didn’t enjoy the second half of this book and promptly gave up!

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

I feel bad for featuring this book as I know so many love it, but the series really didn’t work for me.

Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)

I know a lot of my blogging friends adore this book, but again, it didn’t work for me. I think my main problem was Lila! I just didn’t connect with her as a character.

How have you taken on this list? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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The Ones That Got Away #1

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This feature is going to showcase some recent reads that I haven’t fully reviewed. This may be because I didn’t finish the book or that I didn’t have enough to say to warrant a full and fair review of a book that I’m sure others will absolutely adore. I figure this way the books will be highlighted and someone somewhere might find the right book for them!

(BOOK IMAGES GO TO GOODREADS!)

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All The Truth That’s In Me- Julie Berry

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.  

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The FIRST of four exclusive part-serialisations of a A Place for Us by Harriet Evans – you’ll be desperate to read on …

The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.

So opens A Place for Us by Sunday Times bestselling author Harriet Evans, a book you’ll dive into, featuring a family you’ll fall in love with … and never want to leave. If you devour Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy and have discovered Jojo Moyes, you’ll be thrilled to add Harriet Evans to your collection of favourite authors.

The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.

The hall is cool after the hot summer’s day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.

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It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn’t even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he’s able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it’s been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn’t been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm.

Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But when the provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion. And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings…

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God Is An Astronaut– Alyson Foster

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Jessica Frobisher is a botany professor at a university in Michigan. Her husband Liam works for a space tourism company called Spaceco. She has a son and a daughter, a nice house – and an intense friendship with Arthur, a fellow botanist, who has departed to the wilds north of Winnipeg, who she emails almost every day and misses every moment.

Then disaster strikes Spaceco. Liam departs for Arizona and Jess wakes up to three TV vans parked in their drive. Jess attempts to keep down to earth by building a greenhouse in her garden, dreaming of orchids and orange trees and roses hanging from the ceiling. But nothing she does can prevent her life beginning to spiral out of control.

Unfolding through Jess’s emails to Arthur, written in glimmering prose, this extraordinary debut is both an exploration of space and of what it is to be human. It is also a love story like no other.

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A Different Me– Deborah Blumenthal

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Allie Johnston’s secret wish since the day she was twelve is to have her nose done. But she hasn’t told anyone–not her parents, or even her best friend, Jen. But when she starts visiting a plastic surgery discussion board on the Web, she finds people who get her, for the first time in her life. Her new friends, including two girls her age with vastly different backgrounds who share her obsession with changing their faces–but for very different reasons. A sharply written, insightful book about learning to be happy with who we are.image (5)

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR list (to be read). This list was incredibly difficult to limit to just ten books. Mainly because my TBR list is ridiculous.

I’ve decided to split it into 5 books on my kindle and 5 ‘real’ books. I’ve went for books that I actually have, not ones I’m anticipating, because again…we could be here all day if I do that!

Click on the book image for the Goodread’s page!

Kindle books:

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All The Truth That’s In MeJulie Berry– I’ve had this book on my kindle for a while now. I’ve heard such mixed opinions about it, so I can’t wait to read it to form my own opinion!

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Not A Drop To DrinkMindy McGinnis– Another book that I’ve had waiting to be read for a while. I was a bit scared of the hype around it, so I thought I would wait until it had died down a little! Again, I’ve heard really mixed things about this book, so I can’t wait to dive in and see what I think!

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Ten Tiny BreathsK.A Tucker– I’ve heard so much about this series. I really need to read it, don’t I?

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Picture Me GoneMeg Rosoff– I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. So I’m intrigued to see if it’s as good as I’m anticipating!

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Johnny’s GirlPaige Toon– I’m not ashamed to be a fan of chick-lit. I really like Paige Toon’s writing. It’s deeper than your average chick-lit.

‘Real’ books:

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Wedding NightSophie Kinsella– I used to be such a huge fan of chick-lit, but since blogging, I’ve definitely lost some of that love for it, because I’m reading different genres and really enjoying them! I’m intrigued to see if one of my favourite chick-lit writers can interest me enough in their latest book!

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Dear Killer- Katherine Ewell– I’m trying to read more debut authors this year. This is a debut that I’ve heard a lot about, so I’m excited to get to!

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TapeSteven Camden– This is another book that’s on my radar as a 2014 release. I love the bright cover!

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Birthmarked- Caragh O’Brien– This is a series that I aim to start this year. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. It’s time to explore it!

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Dead Girls Don’t LieJennifer Shaw Wolf– My sister bought me this book for Christmas. I still haven’t got around to reading it yet, but putting it on one of these lists will hopefully inspire me to pick it up soon. I really like the sound of it!

Have you read any of the books on my Spring To Be Read list? What did you think? What do you want to read in Spring? Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #53

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

NetGalley:

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I’ve heard so many good things about this book, so I was happy to be approved to read it.

Kindle Sale:

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I know I shouldn’t be starting any more series right now (I am in the middle of so many…) but I couldn’t resist getting The Iron King by Julie Kagawa in the kindle sale. I’ve only read one book of Patrick Ness’ but I’ve heard great things about A Monster Calls. I’ve heard amazing things about Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis too. I’ve wanted to read All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry and Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff for a while now too. So, I was incredibly happy to find all these on sale! I don’t know when I’ll get around to them, but hopefully sooner rather than later.

Presents:

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My lovely Gran bought me these books when we went out together last weekend. She picked up more books than me…. (so that’s where I get it from!) I’m really excited to read the Unwind Dystology. I could do without the comparison to The Hunger Games on the cover, but still. I’ve heard good things! Oops. There’s another series to get through too…

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to link me to your posts and I’ll come and visit your blog!