Top Ten Tuesday #162


Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, once again, mine has been pretty quiet, but my family is going on holiday to France next week, so I’m pretty excited about that.

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, that means another Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl and this week we’re talking DNFing. Now the original topic was Books I DNFed Too Quickly, but I have the opposite problem, I always feel like I need to give a book another chance even if it is boring me to tears, so instead, I’m going to be talking about Books I Regret Finishing. Here we go, the books I powered through even though they were boring me and that I wish I had put down!:

  1. Not If I Save You First-Ally Carter

Honestly, if this hadn’t been a book I was reading for a Netgalley review, I would have DNFed it. I loved Ally Carter’s Heist Society books, so I was excited for this one but it turned out to be such a disappointment. I expect survival stories to be at least a little bit exciting but after 200 pages of wandering around in the wilderness, I was ready to scratch my eyes out. So yeah, kind of wish I’d just left this one.

2. Wintersong-S.Jae Jones

If I hadn’t received this from an #otspsecretsister, then again, I probably would have finished it, but I felt like I had to. I was so disappointed in this one as it sound so cool and different to anything I’d read before, but the story really dragged and I was so confused the whole time. I wished I had DNFed it rather than struggling through all 500 odd pages of it!

3. The Fandom-Anna Day

This was a really creative idea, but it wasn’t executed well. I liked the idea of falling into your favourite story and finding out that it wasn’t what you thought, but I struggled so much with the book, it was so slow, the plot was so predictable and it took me so LONG to read. If it hadn’t been an ARC, honestly, I would have put it down.

4. And I Darken-Kiersten White

I got into such a massive slump when I read this book last year, I was reading it for weeks and weeks and just wasn’t getting into it at all, but I stubbornly refused to put it down even though I should have, because I thought it would get better. I wanted to love it, because a female Vlad the Impaler sounded like such a great idea, but it was such a dense book, so full of politics and religion and it moved at such a slow pace that I was stuck on it for weeks. I should have taken a hint and passed on it before I got slumpy!

5. Glass Sword-Victoria Aveyard

This one pains me so much because I have my copy signed and personalised by the author, which means I am now stuck with it forever! This book was so slow and I found Mare so annoying and it just felt like way too much book for the plot that it had to accomplish. I should have cut my losses with this one and given up, rather than struggled all the way to the end for a series that I’m not going to finish.

6. The Invisible Library-Genevieve Cogman

This one was such a disappointment! You think that when you see a book with Library in the title that it’s going to be amazing right? Well not this one, at least not for me. The world in this was super confusing, the characters were flat and the chapters were far too long. I actually put this book down for like a month to read other books because I was struggling with this one so much and I really shouldn’t have picked it back up to finish it.

7. Stealing Snow-Danielle Paige

THIS BOOK, MY GOODNESS. Even being able to write a scathing review of it when I finished wasn’t worth the pain it put me through. If it hadn’t been a Netgalley book, I wouldn’t have finished it. There was a love quadrangle for crying out loud! The pace was so off, the world building barely existed, it was all just bad. I should have cut my losses and given up, even if the end was mildly interesting.

8. Graceling-Kristin Cashore

If this book hadn’t been part of my #RockMyTBR Challenge in 2016, I would not have finished it. I was so bored for most of the book, and Katsa really bothered me, she was the classic Strong Female Character trope that to be a Strong Female Character, you can only be strong and you have to not understand emotions and despise anything feminine. Honestly, I should have given this one up, but since it was quite a short book, I pushed through. I wish I hadn’t.

9. Allegiant-Veronica Roth

I swear, if I didn’t have Must Finish Series Syndrome, I would not have finished this book. It was so long and slow and really not a great ending to the trilogy. I actually didn’t mind the controversial end, it was the rest of the book that I had a problem with! I wish I hadn’t wasted my time with this last book in the series, it wasn’t worth it to read several hundred pages of padding just to find out how everything ended.

10. Slated-Teri Terry

This book was such a slog to get through! I had a pretty bad reading year back in 2015, and books like this were part of the reason why. Slated was so slow and Kyla was so bland and I hated the author’s writing style. I could have saved myself a lot of time if I’d just given this one up!

11. Panic-Lauren Oliver

Another one of my 2015 disasters. I expected this one to be totally different to what it was, so imagine my surprise when I opened this up, expecting a dystopian and getting a contemporary instead! The idea of the game of Panic was really cool, but I hated all of the characters and honestly the story just bored me. Again, I could have saved myself a lot of time if I’d just given up.

12. The Fault In Our Stars-John Green

I know a lot of people love this book, but it just wasn’t for me and I knew that before picking it up so honestly, I should have just left it, but I didn’t and I wish I had given it up rather than toiling through it because I knew it wasn’t a book for me and that wasn’t going to change no matter how far through I got.

13. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Nighttime-Mark Haddon

This was quite a short book so I don’t regret finishing it quite as much as some of the books on this list, but I still wish I had put it down because it wasn’t particularly entertaining.

14. Lord of The Flies-William Golding

Honestly, if I hadn’t had to read this one for school, I wouldn’t have read it at all! So in this book’s case, it’s not so much that I regret finishing it, because I had to, in order to get a good grade in my English GCSE, it’s more that I regret that I had to read it in the first place.

So there we go, Books That I Regret Finishing! Am I being too harsh on some of these? Do you agree with me on any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Next week, we’re talking Books That Awaken The Travel Bug In Me, so I’ll be talking about places that I’ve been inspired to visit by the books I’ve read.

In the meantime, I just finished Ace of Shades, so I will have my review of that up for you guys tomorrow.

63 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #162

  1. Nerd Narration 05/06/2018 / 2:54 pm

    The controversial ending to Allegiant is legitimately like the ONLY thing I remember about that book. lol I always want to reread it to try and remember more details and then I’m like WAIT isn’t that a sign that you should just be glad you made it through once??

    I have never DNF’d a book (still too new to this to commit lol), so I did my original TBR 10 if you want to check it out:

    • iloveheartlandx 05/06/2018 / 6:39 pm

      Ha ha yeah, honestly same! Oh I would never put myself through that again. I will definitely check your post out, thanks for the link!

  2. danidewey 05/06/2018 / 3:09 pm

    Completely agree about Glass Sword! Such a bummer.

    • iloveheartlandx 05/06/2018 / 6:38 pm

      My friend actually really liked it too, one of the few books we’ve disagreed on, it just wasn’t for me personally. I did think it had potential, but not enough for me to want to continue.

  3. lifewithallthebooks 05/06/2018 / 4:00 pm

    I find it s hard to DNF books too – and I agree about The Fault In Our Stars, I didnโ€™t dislike it but I donโ€™t get the list be for it! Great list ๐Ÿ˜Š and have a great time in France!

    • iloveheartlandx 05/06/2018 / 6:36 pm

      I don’t want to miss out on something that’s potentially great and as much as sometimes not DNFing bites me, if I DNFed really quickly then I wouldn’t have finished some of my now favourite books, so there are benefits and downsides. Yeah I really don’t understand the hype for TFIOS. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Theresa @ TheCalicoBooks 05/06/2018 / 5:24 pm

    I ended up DNFing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Iโ€™m glad Iโ€™m not the only one who didnโ€™t love this one. Everyone I knew, when I read it, just loved it, but I couldnโ€™t get into it.

    I did finish Panic, too, but like you, it was completely different than I expected and ended up being quite disappointed, especially since I usually love Lauren Oliverโ€™s books.

    • iloveheartlandx 05/06/2018 / 6:34 pm

      No you definitely aren’t! It’s kind of a hit and miss book I think, and it was definitely a miss for me. Lauren Oliver hasn’t worked for me at all, I did Panic and then I tried Before I Fall and couldn’t get into it at all.

      • Theresa @ TheCalicoBooks 05/06/2018 / 7:18 pm

        Panic and Before I Fall are my least favorite books from her. Her Delirium series and Replica, are my favorites.

      • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:50 pm

        Ah okay. Maybe should try checking those out then.

      • Theresa @ TheCalicoBooks 06/06/2018 / 4:07 pm

        I especially recommend Replica. I still need to read the sequel, but I just really loved the premise and format of this series!

  5. Keri 05/06/2018 / 5:55 pm

    Bummer to hear that you didn’t enjoy Graceling! It’s been years since I read that book but I remember middle-school-me loving it. I wonder if my opinion would change if I read it now…

    • iloveheartlandx 05/06/2018 / 6:30 pm

      I mean it’s different books for different people I guess, it just didn’t personally work for me. Maybe it would, maybe it wouldn’t, you’d have to read it again to find out!

    • iloveheartlandx 05/06/2018 / 6:28 pm

      I mean I can’t speak for the rest of the series, as I only got to Glass Sword, but I totally agree with you, that’s why I haven’t read the rest of the series.

  6. anovelglimpse 05/06/2018 / 6:06 pm

    Glass Sword was so boring! The only thing good was the ending. I wasn’t a fan of the Dog in the Night book either.

    • iloveheartlandx 05/06/2018 / 6:27 pm

      It really was! I’ll be honest, I don’t even remember the ending. Yeah it wasn’t great.

  7. lindseyhabets 05/06/2018 / 6:11 pm

    Definitely agree with Allegiant, Wintersong and Glass Sword! I pushed through and I’m sorry I did. But I’m still trying to finish the Red Queen series since King’s Cage was better for me.

    • iloveheartlandx 05/06/2018 / 6:19 pm

      Thanks! Ugh same, I honestly don’t know why I do it to myself, I really should just stop as soon as I get bored. Oh well that’s good for you, I just struggled so hard with Glass Sword that I have no interest in King’s Cage.

  8. Greg Hill 05/06/2018 / 7:26 pm

    Aw that’s too bad about Ally Carter’s! And I was pretty underwhelmed by The Invisible Library too- I haven’t read any more of the series to date. Probably won’t, although I did like Panic (mostly the idea of the game, like you said, more than the characters).

    • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:49 pm

      Yeah, I was really disappointed. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who was. I definitely won’t be reading anymore of them. The game was great, I think if there had been different characters, I would have loved it.

  9. Heather Cilley 05/06/2018 / 8:03 pm

    I have wanted to pick up And I Darken for a while but the mixed reviews have me a little nervous about it!! But I am with you on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I hated that book sooooo much. I had to read it for school. I remember nothing from Glass Sword other than the fact that I didn’t like it and it seems to have turned me off the series completely. Great answers!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:47 pm

      I mean I know lots of people who love it too, but it’s always better to be prepared with lower expectations! Ugh yeah, it really sucked. Glass Sword did the same thing to me. Thank you! No worries ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. lilisblissfulpages 05/06/2018 / 8:25 pm

    Ten books in this list are on my TBR and can’t read them yet because I’ve heard such bad reviews. Lol. And with Graceling, I kinda like it,Maybe I only regret reading it because the next 2 books in the series are total let down. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Anyway, great list, which I mean, very helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:44 pm

      Oh no, I’m so sorry! If it makes any difference I do know a lot of people who have loved these books as well! I’m glad to hear I’m not missing anything with the other two Graceling books. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Kayleigh @ My Endless Shelf 05/06/2018 / 8:57 pm

    Lol I see we both had the same issue with Allegiant! Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad I’m not alone on that one ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Kay Wisteria 05/06/2018 / 11:18 pm

    Agree on Allegiant! The ending didn’t bother me so much as the fact that the entire book was standing around and exposition!

    • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:40 pm

      I’m glad someone agrees! The people who hate it mostly seem to talk about the end and I’m like, but that was the only part of the book where anything actually happened?

  13. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 06/06/2018 / 1:00 am

    I’ve wanted to read Not If I Save You First, but haven’t enjoyed anything by her since Heist Society. Make check it out from the library just in case I decide to DNF.

    • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:31 pm

      This was the first thing I’ve read from her since Heist Society, I’m hoping that I will like some of her other stuff better, but this was not a great sign!

  14. thebookishlibra 06/06/2018 / 1:29 am

    I put a similar spin on this week’s topic and Allegiant and Glass Sword made my list as well.

  15. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener 06/06/2018 / 1:39 am

    Oh my gosh, Iโ€™ve never actually read Glass Sword, but I totally know what you mean. I read Red Queen a whole ago and finished it, but I thought it was bleh. I wasnโ€™t really thrilled with Mare or the two guys and I just canโ€™t bring myself to finish the series.

    • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:24 pm

      I didn’t mind Red Queen, but Glass Sword was a whole new level of awful. Yeah I wasn’t either and I have no interest in reading more about them.

  16. Michelle (@PinkPlkaDotBlog) 06/06/2018 / 2:34 am

    I DNF’d Stealing Snow about 100 pages in. It was BAD. Like maybe one of the worst books I’ve ever attempted to read BAD. The world-building was SO lazy, the love square was ridiculous. I don’t write a ton of DNF reviews, but that was one I KNEW I would have fun rage writing!!

    • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:22 pm

      It really was bad, I still can’t believe I finished it. But yes, having fun rage writing the review was a silver lining and I tend not to write DNF reviews, so I had to finish it to get to do that!

  17. islandgeekgirl 06/06/2018 / 10:34 am

    I feel the same way. I always think there’s going to be some twist or something that makes the book suddenly worth reading over something else. Disappointing about The Fandom. It sounded cool.

    • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:19 pm

      Yeah exactly, you don’t want to miss out if it suddenly gets good! I was too, it sounded like something I would love, but yeah, not so much.

  18. Kathy @ Books & Munches 06/06/2018 / 12:29 pm

    I have both The Fandom and Not If I Save You First on my TBR, haha! Oh boy; we’ll see how it goes. ๐Ÿ˜›

  19. @lauraagnella 06/06/2018 / 12:58 pm

    I actually loved Not If I Save You First but I also have never read another Ally Carter book before so I have nothing to compare it to. I thought it was simple but fun. I gave it to my daughter to read once I finished. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
    Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/06/2018 / 2:15 pm

      I suppose when you have nothing to compare it to, you can’t be disappointed! I’m glad you enjoyed it more than I did. No problem ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Tracy (@Cornerfolds) 07/06/2018 / 12:52 am

    Oh no!! Wintersong and And I Darken are two of my absolute favorites! XD I can totally see why some people didn’t enjoy them though!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/06/2018 / 9:48 pm

      They just personally weren’t for me, but I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed them!

  21. wulfluva 07/06/2018 / 1:58 am

    Ah man. I just bought And I Darken. I’m hoping I love it. Sad to see that you didn’t. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Thanks for visiting Shell’s Stories!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/06/2018 / 9:47 pm

      I mean I have heard a lot of people who do love it, so I wouldn’t worry too much!

  22. Annemieke 07/06/2018 / 2:21 pm

    I liked Graceling. But on the other hand I haven’t been able to pick up the companions and recently decided to unhaul all three.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/06/2018 / 9:40 pm

      Well that’s good that you at least liked the first one, but it’s better to unhaul and make space for new books than keep stuff you’re never going to read!

  23. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words 07/06/2018 / 5:38 pm

    Graceling was quite a disappointment for me too, which everyone seemed to love. Oh well. it is what it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 07/06/2018 / 9:39 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way! Yeah, we can’t all love the same things, it’s what makes reading so great, there’s something for everyone!

  24. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 09/06/2018 / 6:30 am

    Awwww, so sad that you didn’t like And I Darken! That series is one of my faves, but I honestly almost DNFed the first book when I first read it. I remember being at the 25% mark and thinking to myself, “I’m giving it one more chapter, and if I still don’t like it, I’m quitting,” and then suddenly the next thing I knew I was at 35-40% and totally enthralled and devoured the rest of it in one sitting. I’m glad I did because I think the second book is a million times better than the first, but I can never blame anyone who DNFed it with how dense and heavy the political world-building is!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/06/2018 / 4:52 pm

      Sorry! I never really got that turn around moment, it dragged all the way through for me. Yes, the dense world building was part of it, but honestly I didn’t have much attachment to the characters either, otherwise I might have tried the sequel.

  25. novelcravings 15/06/2018 / 3:13 am

    I love what you did with this topic!
    I’ve been a lot better at DNFing this year but I too finish books I shouldn’t have. Hearing you describe Graceling makes me think I don’t want to re-read it, which was my plan this year. I read it more than ten years ago so I guess I wasn’t as critical of the books I read, and I don’t think I would enjoy it today. I also have books, signed by authors, that I feel I can’t let go of even though I didn’t really like them. Great List!

    • iloveheartlandx 15/06/2018 / 10:42 am

      Thanks! I’m trying to get better at it, but it’s hard, I feel like if I give up then I’m not giving books a fair chance. It’s always a shame when we realise that we might not love the books we used to a long time ago, but that’s also a good thing about reading, you keep growing and changing and different books become your favourites. Oh I have the same problem!

      • novelcravings 04/07/2018 / 4:15 am

        I get that. Some books I rated give stars the first time I read them are now 3-3.5 stars. I think it’s because I’ve matured but also my critque of books has changed as I’ve read more and more and began blogging.

      • iloveheartlandx 04/07/2018 / 7:34 pm

        Exactly! Once you start reading as a blogger, it’s impossible to go back to the reader you were before, you look at things through different eyes!

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