The Struggle is Real
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday invites bookish bloggers to share lists based on a given topic. In this week’s edition, I’ll be focusing on books I either DNFd or came VERY close to giving up on!
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens was a humongous disappointment for me, as I’d looked forward to reading it FOREVER! I made the tough choice to DNF the classic after making it through nearly 100 pages. I hope to try it again one day and definitely plan on reading a manga edition by Stacy King. Hopefully, with the manga version, I’ll get a clue regarding what is actually happening in the book!
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate was another disappointment – I wanted to like it SO badly! The book started out by sucking me in, but I lost interest about halfway through the tale and struggled to finish it. I adored Redgate’s debut, Seven Ways We Lie, so I was really sad that I didn’t take to Noteworthy.
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi is the follow-up to the author’s debut novel, The Star-Touched Queen, with which I was absolutely enamored and fascinated by. I really think I wasn’t into A Crown of Wishes because it focused on Gauri’s journey, while I really wanted more of Maya’s story. While I adore Chokshi’s writing style and beautiful descriptions, this is a tale I just couldn’t get into.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab is a book I had to put down pretty soon after starting it. I feel like the only person in the world who wasn’t sucked into the plot, sadly. I am, however, planning to do a buddy read of the book this month, so I’m hoping it will be more appealing to me the second time around.
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins is a book I’ve been listening to on audio. While I enjoy the story so far, I sometimes have a difficult time keeping up with what’s happening in audio editions, especially if they’re long and because my mind tends to wander. Perhaps this is a book I need to actually read in print…
Night by Elie Wiesel is a book I was assigned to read in high school. I really wanted to love this book and I think I set my expectations way too high. I’m one of those readers who enjoys really feeling the horrors experienced by those at the hearts of stories. While this is a memoir of Wiesel’s time in a concentration camp during the Holocaust, it wasn’t detailed or graphic enough to hold my attention.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was a really hyped book, obviously, and loved by many, so I wanted to find out for myself what the big deal was. I had to DNF this book, as I got so tired of reading about Katniss wandering around in the wilderness playing the ‘game.’ I kept waiting for excitement and got totally bored before I ever got to anything remotely interesting.
Othello by William Shakespeare is another book I had to read in high school and I never could figure out what the hell was going on. I’m certainly not a fan of all of Shakespeare’s works, but this one is definitely my least favorite. It was homework that definitely felt like homework.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is honestly a beautifully written book – I love Tartt’s style. However, I felt like nothing really exciting happened in the book and the plot just seemed to go in circles. The ending was predictable and just altogether disappointing.
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs was a book that was recommended to me by someone who turned out to be a total fake, so perhaps this fact clouded my judgment. As with Night, I wasn’t impressed by this memoir about Burroughs’ supposedly messed up childhood – it just wasn’t messed up enough to hold my attention at all.