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 #2

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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)

Hole In My Heart- Rie Charles

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Synopsis:

Are there wounds too deep to heal, pains too sharp to share? And if a family survives by cutting the ties that bind them, can they ever be whole again?

After losing her mother to illness and her father to his work, Nora Mackenzie must leave her home in the interior of B.C. for a North Vancouver school. Estranged from her classmates, her family, and the life she’s lost, Nora walls herself off from the people around her. At the same time, her young cousin, Lizzie, is facing an uncertain future as one of the first children to undergo open-heart surgery. As the operation approaches, Nora discovers that she is not the only person in her family isolated by fear and grief.

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Hunting Lila- Sarah Alderson

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Synopsis:

17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.

After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organization called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them.

In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realizes that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…

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A Song For Ella Grey- David Almond

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Synopsis:

“I’m the one who’s left behind. I’m the one to tell the tale. I knew them both…knew how they lived and how they died.”

Claire is Ella Grey’s best friend. She’s there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world. This is her story – as she bears witness to a love so complete; so sure, that not even death can prove final.

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Firewallers- Simon Packham

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Synopsis:

Can her life get any worse? Jess returns from a nightmare day at school to find her dad’s suspended from work and gone into hiding. To escape the slobbering newshounds all eager for the full story, Mum drags Jess and her sister off to a remote Scottish Island. Modern technology’s forbidden, and there’s only a bunch of teenage uber geeks for company. Without Facebook or even her mobile, Jess feels totally disconnected from everybody back home. And why are they there anyway? What are they really running away from?

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy- Rachel Joyce

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When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait?

A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey too.’

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.

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