Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Hated but am Really Glad I Read.
None, my answer for that question is none. I have not read one book that I hated but that, looking back, I’m glad I picked up. I decided to put my own spin on the topic for this week, so I’d actually have some books to feature, and I’ve gone for Five Books I Nearly DNF-ed but am Glad I Stuck With, and Five Books I Stuck With but Wish I DNF-ed.
Five Books I Nearly DNF-ed but am Glad I Stuck With
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The beginning of Red Rising is so so slow as Pierce Brown takes the time to really develop the world and the character before kick-starting the plot. The first time I read this book I thought many times about giving up on it, but then the plot finally appeared and I was hooked.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Adam Silvera’s books are heartbreaking to say the least, and I made the mistake of jumping into History is All You Left Me immediately after finishing More Happy Than Not. There’s only so much emotional trauma I can take, and as good as this book was it was slow going getting through it.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
As much as I love the magical realism genre it always takes me ages to get into the stories and All the Crooked Saints was no exception. I think as well I suffered a little more than normal with this book because of some of the mixed reviews I’d read before picking it up.
Prodigy by Marie Lu
This is a book I did actually DNF; I was in the middle of an epic reading slump when I first picked up Prodigy, and I only got through about 60% before giving up and putting it back on my to-read list. It took me a couple of years to pick up this book again but I finally finished, and loved, it.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Like Red Rising I picked up The Kiss of Deception on the recommendation of a friend, and that’s the only reason I stuck with it even though the plot was dull and I wasn’t a fan of Lia or the love triangle. Still while the first book was a disappointment the rest of the series did pick up.
Five Books I Stuck With but Wish I DNF-ed
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
I think the only reason I didn’t DNF this was because it was an ARC, because looking back I’m struggling to think of anything I actually enjoyed about Stealing Snow.
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Richelle Mead used to be one of my favourite authors, I loved her Vampire Academy series, but I really haven’t enjoyed her recent releases. Soundless had so much missing when it came to the development of the characters and the world, and it was just such an overall disappointment.
The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
Again I think the only reason I read this all the way through is because it was an ARC. I read Emily Barr’s debut novel and wasn’t a fan, but The Truth and Lies of Ella Black was actually worse and I likely won’t be picking up any more of Emily Barr’s releases.
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
I love fairytale retellings but Reign of Shadows is definitely an exception to that rule. There was no plot and the twist at the end felt completely forced, the characters were one-dimensional, and the world-building lacking in every possible way.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
For the most part I really enjoyed this book, I actually rated it four stars, but something happens in All the Bright Places near the end which I wasn’t prepared for. It’s something I don’t like reading (and why I think trigger warnings are important and needed in some books) and it made me feel ill.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so are there any books you hated but are glad you read? Also let me know what books you nearly DNF-ed but stuck with, or what books you wish you’d DNF-ed?