Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday-- Last Books I Put on Pause

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (May 12th) I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

  • I put all of these books down for various reasons.  A few of them it was because I really didn't like them-- but most of them just became victims of my vicious mood reading disorder.  If I'm not in the just right mood for a certain book, it has trouble holding my attention.
  • I am also a serial book starter, so there's that too.
  • I'm hopeful that I will get back to several of these-- but we'll see.

1.  Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé- This one hurts.  I mean, LOOK at that cover!!!  I had such hopes for this book.  And it was just.... not good.  So I had to drop it about a little over halfway through.

2.  Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky- This one I will come back for.  I read the first almost half of it and I was interested.  But then I started reading something else, and well.... but I will finish it in the future.

3.  The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh- I really wanted to read a good vampire book (luckily THIS one came out recently to cure that urge), but this wasn't what I wanted.  It was love-triangle-y (and instalovey) and all the things that were happening (or that happened) were supposed to be mysterious, but it was all so obvious.  BLAH.

4.  The Grace Year by Kim Liggett- This is another one that I really want to go back to.  It was a cool concept-- but again, I got distracted... and now doesn't feel like a good time read this type of book.

5.  Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty- I put an audio hold for this because I really like Liane Moriarty's books.  But the beginning of this just did not catch my attention.  I think maybe I'll just try reading the print book at some point.

6.  Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater- I really wanted to read this, but then I finally read The Raven King and got so irrationally mad, that I decided to pause my reading of it.

7.  What Happened That Night by Deanna Cameron- This book was just not great.  The premise sounded good, but it was so obvious what was going on that I just couldn't.

8.  Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton- I was really feeling this book, until I wasn't.  It got to be really lesson-y and it relied too heavily on the John Hughes movies.

9.  You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook- This is another one that I want to go back to.  I was interested, but somehow I didn't finish it.

10.  The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens- This is another big disappointment.  I tried really hard to read this one, but it didn't start out exciting at all.  I might try to audio book in the future.

Have you read any of these books?  Did I miss out by skipping any of them?


  1. I've seen sooo many people say that the cover is the best part of Here There Are Monsters (and I've had enough experience with books where the cover was the best part) that I've decided to wisely heed this collective advice.

    Speaking of advice, I just read spoiler-laden review for What Happened That Night because the cover looked kind of intriguing, but WHEW that sounds like a wholly non-entertaining mess.

  2. You're not alone! I did manage to push through The Beautiful, but it didn't really work for me either. Great list!

  3. Sorry to hear you didn't like Here There Are Monsters. I put it on my TBR base on the cover alone.

    My TTT .

  4. I'm about to start Call Down The Hawk, hopefully I enjoy it more!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/12/top-ten-tuesday-263/

  5. It's so disappointing when a book that looks and sounds great just ... isn't. I hate that.

    Happy TTT!

  6. I've seen Call Down the Hawk on quite a few lists today. It's never really interested me because Ronan isn't my favourite Raven Boys character. Great list! :)

    My TTT

  7. I've only heard of the Liane Moriarity book. Interesting list

  8. Sorry you got mad at Raven King and had to pause Call Down the Hawk. Hopefully you can let yourself get back to it soon.

  9. Truly Madly Guilty was probably my least favorite Liane Moriarty book!

  10. Here There Are Monsters does look good at least! I have Imaginary Friend waiting on my TBR pile too and loved Perks of Being a Wallflower! Great list!

    My TTT is here https://bookloverssanctuary.com/2020/05/12/top-ten-tuesday-the-last-ten-books-i-abandoned/

  11. "vicious mood reading" haha right? Too funny... :)

    You Owe Me A Murder is one I still kinda want to read, but it made my list only because I never seem to get to it and my interest has waned a tad.

    Here There Are Monsters- that cover is a TRIP.

  12. I have loved Moriarty's books, but I struggled with listening to her latest on audio. There's a lot of characters, and I couldn't keep track. I might try it again in book format. My moods definitely have me DNFing, but these days, if the author get political for no reason, I am quitting it. Between the endless news cycle and social media, I am constantly bombarded with it. I don't want it in my books, and they often come with lectures, which I also am in no mood for.

    1. Her newest book was tough for me. It definitely had SO MANY CHARACTERS. I read the print book and was definitely confused until I got to know everyone. It wasn't her best book. Also, I am with you about the non-political stuff. I'm so over it.

  13. I'm a serious mood reader as well, so I totally get it! Besides there are too many books and too little time to spend on books we don't like. I haven't read any of these yet, but The Beautiful is on my TBR though.

  14. I actually really enjoyed 'Pretty' at the time I read it, but haven't seen the John Hughes movie, so maybe that's why it was fun. :D

  15. I agree that the Beautiful was just meh. The love triangle felt forced and the book didn't read as a vampire book. I mainly was interested in the book because of the NOLA location and the vampire aspect when I first heard about it. However, I was disappointed when I finished the novel. It had so much potential.

    I enjoyed reading The Grace Year. I pretty much like anything that Kim Liggett writes. However, I agree with you that this is not the time to read the novel.

  16. Ah the Grace Year! I really want to give that one a try as well, but I'm really not in the mood for it right now ahah :) and I'm glad to see you seem to feel the same way as I did about The Beautiful, I wasn't convinced :/

  17. I was honestly quite disappointed with THE BEAUTIFUL as well! I enjoyed the setting but I feel like it was marketed as the resurgence of vampire romances in YA and it...wasn't? I feel like the vampire aspect was super minimal.

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