Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

The Last Ten Four Books I Abandoned

1. Lines
Author: Anna B. Doe

I didn’t like the writing style.

2. In Peace Lies Havoc
Author: Amo Jones

I have read her books before. They’re darker. I actually really liked the beginning, but when things went dark it felt like they were just for shock value and I was turned off. I own it, so maybe someday, but probably not.

3. The Secret Girl
Author: C.M. Stunich

The story was so ridiculous.

4. Dirty Letters
Author: Vi Keeland

I got to the part where the characters actually meet in person and he guy just weirded me out with the way he talked.

5. Perfectly Oblivious
Author: Robin Daniels

I wasn’t immediately into this one the way I was with another book I read from this author. I didn’t like it enough to continue.

6. Falling for the Backup
Author: Toni Aleo

Too much pining over each other too soon. It wasn’t believable and drove me nuts.

7. Clipped Wings
Author: Helena Hunting

The angst and direction this story was taking felt redundant and just wasn’t fun to listen to on audio.

8. Life and Other Inconveniences
Author: Kristan Higgins

I hate to say it, but I met a Higgins’ book that I didn’t like. I hated the characters and couldn’t force myself to read any more.

9. All the Crooked Saints
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

I tried both reading and listening to this book. The way it was narrated wasn’t my thing at all.

10. The Starless Sea
Author: Erin Morgenstern

I tried to listen to this book. I just felt lost and confused. I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.

48 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned”

  1. Oh wow, interesting about the Keeland/Ward book. I haven’t read that one yet so I’m curious what I’ll make of the guy.

  2. I have not read any of these. I had originally wanted to read the All the Crooked Saints, but passed after all the drama and negative reviews started. I was interested in the Higgins book. I have not read anything by her, but that one sounded cute to me

    1. I would recommend Higgins’ Blue Heron series or any of her women’s fictions BUT that one.

  3. “The story was so ridiculous.” Haha that made me laugh. 🙂 And I do like dark reads but when they just feel like they’re that way for shock value, yeah that can be a problem.

  4. There are a few books where I listen to the audiobook and HATE the narration. Then even though I like the story I want to read it on paper, but my list of paper books I plan on reading is a lot longer than my audiobook list, so it takes forever to get to them. I hope you can get to the audiobooks you couldn’t finish–on paper!

  5. In browsing KU I saw The Secret Girl and was drawn in with the cover. But then I read the synopsis and thought I would pass haha. I wish I would have DNF-ed that Higgins book. I’m not even excited for her upcoming book. I think The Starless Sea would be a difficult book to do on audio. You really need to focus on everything and I feel like it would be a lot harder to do listening to it than reading.

    1. I tried The Secret Girl because I read a good review. It wasn’t for me at all. I wish I had tried reading Starless Sea first because now I am done for good with it.

    1. I think it would have been better if I had tried to read it rather than listen.

  6. I haven’t read any of these but Dirty Letters I believe is on my list for my romanceopoly challenge. Hopefully I won’t struggle with the dialogue. Sorry that these books didn’t work for you

    1. I think I would have done better with Dirty Letter had I been reading rather than listening. I actually really loved the beginning of it.

    1. You could try Silver Swan. I liked that series for the most part. It does get a little nuts like the Brayshaw series, though.

  7. I did read the Higgins book, but you’re right, it wasn’t her best. It was slower, but I did end up enjoying it for the most part. All the Crooked Saints was not Maggie’s best, but I love her writing. I could appreciate the uniqueness of the story. And I was not a big fan of The Night Circus, so I probably won’t be picking up The Starless Sea. I think you’re either a fan of that style or not, maybe?? 🙂

    1. I liked Night Circus when I read it, but that was years ago. My tastes have definitely changed.

    1. LOL. I don’t always mind it. It just depends on whether it works for a story or not.

  8. I haven’t yet attempted any of these. I had been considering Dirty Letters, though. Hate to hear it was a DNF for you. That’s the way it goes sometimes.

    1. I know lots of people who liked Dirty Letters, though. I think it was listening instead of reading.

  9. I really struggled to get through All the Crooked Saints so I feel you on that one. I listened to The Starless Sea and enjoyed it but I think I would have liked it better if I had just read a print copy instead of trying to listen to it. It was easy to get lost.

  10. Sorry you didn’t like these — I hope your current reads are more enjoyable!

    I agree with your other comments about The Starless Sea. I read that one, but I don’t think it’s a book that would translate well into audio. For me, the ability to flip back to reference other bits I read earlier was critical for that book.

  11. Those are all good reasons to stop reading a book. I don’t like angst-y characters or ridiculous story lines either. 🙂

  12. I’m waiting for my hold to come up for The Starless Sea but it’s been so long since I read The Night Circus I worry I won’t enjoy the author’s writing style now. Sorry you abandoned it, sometimes you have to especially since you were confused. I’ve not heard of the rest of the books on your list.

  13. I feel like I would have been the same with The Starless Sea and All the Crooked Saints! Even people who LOVE Maggie’s books didn’t love that one, and I have only been meh with her others, sadly. And The Starless Sea… well, truthfully, the synopsis didn’t even hold my attention so I gave my copy away. So I definitely feel you with those!

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