Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books I DNF

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish. This week’s topic is top ten books that I decided to DNF (did not finish) too quickly. I’m going to put my own spin on this week’s topic because I always finish books once I make it past the first fifty pages or so and if it’s a book I don’t think I’m going to like, I just won’t read it. So this week I will be making a list of the top ten books I didn’t bother to start.

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1. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon – I started this series years ago, before it became a television show. I made it to the middle of the fourth book, The Drums of Autumn, before I had to return the copy I was borrowing to Antonia’s mom. I’ve never managed to get back into the series to reread/finish the series. Hopefully one day.
2. The Great Divorce by C.S Lewis – I was given this book as a gift by my aunt last Christmas (maybe it was actually a few Christmases ago.) I’ve picked it up just to put it back down a few days later. It sits and stares at me from my bookshelf silently asking to be read.
3. The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg – I’ve been trying to read this book for the last two months and I can’t seem to make it further than a chapter or so every time I pick it up. I may give it another try in the future, but for now I’m not going to bother.
4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I bought this around the same time that the movie came out because I wanted to read it before I saw the movie. Still haven’t read the book or seen the movie.
5. Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger – This was one I was supposed to read for school. I didn’t like it / couldn’t get into the story. It was just weird to me. So I didn’t read it and I faked all my assignments that had to do with the book.
6. The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick – This is one I found on my kindle and I tried to start it four or five times in the span of six months and never made it more than ten pages into the book. So I just gave up because I obviously didn’t want to read it that badly.
7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – I had this whole series as a kid and tried to read them a few times but never did. I wanted to try again when the movie came out and just didn’t. Maybe I’ll read them someday, but who knows.
8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I have a huge problem when it comes to classics. I’ve gotten about fifty pages into this book a handful of times but to this day have never managed to finish it. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t.
9. Moby Dick by Herman Melville – Another book that I’ve read the first ten to fifty pages of and can’t find the drive or desire to make it any further than that.
10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – I guess I’m just a girl that doesn’t like the classics.

These are my top ten that I’ve tried but mostly didn’t bother with. What are your top ten that you didn’t finish (maybe too quickly) or however you changed this week’s topic to fit your reading style?
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Books I disliked/hated but am Glad I read

TTTTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish (feel free to put your own spin on it). This week’s prompt is “Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights)”. This one was really hard for me so I only have five this week. I had a few problems with it: 1. I’m not afraid to DNF a book when I don’t like it. 2. Because of that, I don’t often hate books that I’ve read all the way through. 3. I’ve never really considered bragging rights to be a thing when it comes to books. Brag about reading in general, but I don’t think it matters what you’re reading as long as you’re reading. To me no book is more important than any other just because it’s trending or because some scholars said it is.
With that being said, my list is going to be skewed more towards books I disliked but finished reading anyway since that’s something of a feat for me in and of itself.

1. Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest- This one actually fits into the original prompt for me. I read the first three books in the series but stopped during the fourth. While it’s another YA vampire series, I found it actually had a lot of unique ideas. I think my main problem was that a lot of the characters seemed really immature to me- not just the teenagers. I don’t think I’ll ever get back to this series (sorry Amanda) but am still interested in reading some of her other books. However I am glad I read them because I’d been in a serious reading lull for awhile and they got me back into using my Kindle.

2. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson- I just found this one a little annoying and hard to get through but the other two books in the trilogy were really good and I loved where she ended up taking the story so I’m glad I pushed through the first book despite my reluctance.

3. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger- I’ve never understood why this one is so popular. Holden is an immature, big, dumb jerk (we’re trying not to swear anymore) and I absolutely despised this book. But I actually finished it which I didn’t often do with the assigned reading from school.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- This one was just so irritating. Nothing much happened until the end and the MC was SO DULL.

5. Fallen by Lauren Kate- You can read my somewhat angry review here. Amanda was a little annoyed that I didn’t finish this series but I’m just proud I managed to get through the first book. This is one of only a handful of books that I can honestly say I hated.

Well there’s my top five for this week. Let me know what you agree/disagree with. I love hearing your thoughts. As always, thanks for visiting our blog.
-Antonia