10 Books I Wish I Hadn't Finished

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

There’s something you should know about my reading. I always finish a book. I don’t think there is even a time that I consider not finishing the book. If I end up disliking the book, I will push through to the end. If something were to happen: as if I was in the middle and had to return it to the library, I always find a way to finish the book anyway.

There are times, especially with nonfiction, that I will take breaks in between. Most recently, I did this with Outlander because the book is so huge and the font so tiny. I stopped halfway through to read something else and then I returned to it. I never not finish a book. However, if I were to not finish a book, I suppose it would be the following since I really had to push through these to get to the end. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Top 10 Books I Wish I Hadn't Finished:

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley: This is such a cover buy if I’ve ever seen one. It, also, was recommended to me by a fellow blogger. The premise had amazing potential but then there were talking, and even singing, birds. And I will not be continuing this series.

Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner: I received this way before I started blogging, before I really knew what I liked to read. The movie was releasing so I decided to give the book a go and it just fell flat to me. This is one of those books that I could probably say, “it was me, not you.”

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith: I adored the first book, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, so I immediately picked up its sequel and it flopped for me. Whereas Lincoln’s story focused on him and his presidency, the sequel spans centuries of history and feels too jumbled.

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton: I tend to give Walton another try. This is the first I have read from her and despite not liking this one, I’ve heard amazing things about her debut. While the book was written beautifully, I felt like it was missing something and the character development was lacking.

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender: I went into this book thinking it was a retelling of Marie Antoinette. Wouldn’t that have been awesome? Instead, it’s a string of unlikable characters getting killed by the ghost of Marie Antoinette. This was most definitely not for me.

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff: Another book that was not for me was this one. It’s about a boy who gets grounded so he spends his time playing video games. It was a good book and I did like the story but it wasn’t my favorite.

Shade Me by Jennifer Brown: Jennifer Brown is such an incredible author so when I heard she was releasing a mystery contemporary series, I wanted to try it. And I just wasn’t crazy about it. It was riddled with tropes and clichés that had me laughing aloud. 

Run by Kody Keplinger: Kody Keplinger is also a favorite author of mine but Run is my least favorite of her work. The book focuses very much on the characters which I much prefer a balance between plot and characters rather than one central focus. 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: I wanted to give this one a try because the movie was releasing and I couldn’t see it unless I had read the book. I’m glad I finished this to the end since I now know that thrillers are not really my thing, especially when they involve such unreliable characters. 

Reunited by Colleen Houck: I don’t want this one to be on the list because I absolutely love this series but ugh. The conclusion to the Reawakened series was so disappointing. If I had stopped before the very end, I could have pretended it had ended there and maybe I would have been alright. 

What book did you have to push through to finish?

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  1. Great list! I agree with a couple and haven't heard of some others, but I definitely get why you wish you hadn't finished many of these books. Here's to finding, and finishing, more (and better) books in the future!