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10 Books I'm Amazed I Finished... But I Did

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'm Amazed I finished

Time is such a precious thing, isn't it?  And yet we waste it often... on tv shows that are pointless... on time spent in cars in traffic... but we shouldn't be wasting it on books that just do not appeal to us. At least that is what I am told over and over by caring friends who hear me complain about a story I have been reading forever because it just doesn't appeal to me.

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'm Amazed I finished

The thing is, I cannot not finish a book!  There is just something in me that lingers on unfinished books... I have to know the end... maybe the ending redeems the entire story... I don't know.

For example, I started Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter last year and didn't finish it yet. And instead of just letting it go... I always think about what I might have missed. So I keep considering it and thinking of it... so it's better I just finish a book...

And as a result there are quite a few books that I slugged through, but I did finish!  And to be honest, most of the time there is nothing wrong with the book, it just didn't resonate with me. So don't see this as a list of books not to read, but rather a list of books to prove that we can read anything and still gain something from it.

10 books I'm Amazed I Finished

1       The Waking Land by Callie Bates
I was drawn to this because of the description and the cover, but it just felt like it was trying to guilt me into being more environmentally conscience… I’m sure that is just me though because I’ve seen quite a few love this one.
2       The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I loved her Legend series so I grabbed for this as soon as I could – the idea of a making of a true anti-hero was intriguing – but this whole story fell flat. Yet I still picked up the second in the series for this one… but I haven’t gone for the third.
3       The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I tried these a few years ago and couldn’t make it through the quarter mark before I added it to my small DNF list.  Then some lovely bookstagrammers convinced me to try them on audio, and the narrator is amazing, so I’ve made it through book one and two… not sure if I’ll get to books three and four though.
4      The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
This was just an all-around disappointment because it was such a popular book in my blogging community when it was released. Yet it felt too long! I was bored after like page 10.
.       As Old as Time by Liz Braswell
You all should know if it is at all related to anything Beauty and the Beast I pick it up… and well this was just a kid’s story… nothing deep or new.
6      Updrift by Errin Stevens
I loved the idea of this book being a little mermaid retelling – the classic dark version – but goodness it was chore to read. I never got pulled in and the writing style didn’t appeal to me at all. Again, I know some who are in love with these books.
7.       Passion Pursuit by Juli Slattery
Alright, this was a group study book, and while I knew it would be different as the topic was touchy, this book was horrible.  There are flat out problems with their “interpretations” and view of the Bible… so maybe just avoid this one for sure.
8       For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
So, I loved Hatmaker’s Facebook and blog. She was always funny. When everyone was gushing over this I gave it a try – but it wasn’t like her.  It was a chore to read, and just plain too long.  It was more a collection of very long blog posts.
9       Home by Eleni Mcknight
I can’t remember what this book was even about now… but I remember telling myself over and over to just stop reading it because it wasn’t worth it.  But I told the author I’d review it, and I did… but it was just not a fun read.
1.   The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Alright this one, in the end, I really am glad I read. It was highly recommended to me, and I was sure I wouldn’t like it.  In fact, I almost dnf it a few times. But my book buddies pushed me to keep at it and now I have a long list of amazing quotes from it.  But there was no action… it just lasted forever.

Call out to hosts

Thank you, The Broke & the Bookish for this fun weekly prompt and chance to interact with the Bookish Blogger community. 

Alright, go ahead, I know some of those are your favorites lists.  And that's alright!  We are allowed to like and dislike different books. In fact, if one of these are your favorites, let me know. I'd love to chat about any book, even if I don't like it.

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'm Amazed I finished

Are there books you've finished even though you didn't really love it? Have you finally finished a book only to release you actually liked the ending? 

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  1. I also did not appreciate For the Love. I agree with you that it wasn't connected, was more like a collection of essays about different things. She seems to think we're all just being too hard on ourselves and each other; yes, sometimes that's true, but some things still matter and shouldn't be brushed aside.

    1. Yeah, it just missed the mark especially considering all the praise it got. Books shouldn't be like blogs, and readers should demand that. Thanks for joining the conversation!


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