Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Started in 2017 But Didn’t Finish!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their Top Ten. This week’s theme is New To Me authors BUT…I’m going to be doing a different theme today.

The holidays really kicked my butt there! Who knew it was basically impossible to read and blog 24/7 when your friends and family are in town and want you to do things?! LIKE WHAT KIND OF PERSON GOES OUT AND DOES THINGS EVERY SINGLE DAY? That’s just so MUCH.

Anyway I feel like maybe I’ve recovered enough to do a blogging thing, but I feel like it would be more appropriate if I did my own theme, so in no particular order, may I present to you ….

BOOKS I STARTED IN 2017 BUT DIDN’T FINISH!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Whoops. I know. Me, the girl who discovered Sarah J. Maas only last year and let her rule my entire world, who would follow SJM to the very end, into the very fires of Mordor, could not finish her latest book. I always thought Chaol was super boring and barely tolerated him when he was surrounded by my babes. But ESPECIALLY NOW when he’s off on his own and I know all my babes are on the other side of the world GOING THROUGH SOME DRAMMAAAAAAA. I just don’t have time for him. PAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS.
Unfortunately I’ll probably have to give it another read because I’ve been told his story will come into play with the rest of the gang.

Through The Ever Night: Under The Never Sky Veronica Rossi

Maybe I just didn’t try hard enough with this but quite honestly I can’t even tell you what this was about. I finished the first one and I recall thinking the plot was basic and predictable and I didn’t like the characters? But I don’t…know what happened so. MEH.

A Strange Hymn: The Bargainer Book 2 – Laura Thalassa

Yeah….noooo. She turned scaly or something? I DON’T KNOW. But it wasn’t worth my time so I stopped reading it.

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

After I finished ACOTAR and Throne of Glass series I was basically drifting from book to book trying to find something else to suck me in. The first two of this series were just…something to read. They were predictable and the characters were annoying but it was fine to go through it, but the ending of this book (which you can see coming for miles in any direction) was not enough to convince me I needed to spend my time reading the last one. So. MOVED ON TO THE NEXT THING.

Forest of a Thousand LanternsΒ by Julie C. Dao

This was actually my first ARC and I really enjoyed it! I got about halfway through it but other books took precedent and I haven’t been able to get back to it yet. I will though because it’s good, this is just one of the books where life took over and stopped me from reading it instead of me just getting bored and giving up!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I’m not sure what happened here, I got halfway through the book but I can’t tell you what it’s about or any of the character names. This is the problem with audiobooks sometimes I fall asleep or zone out and I’ll finish a book with no idea what happened. Clearly a recurring problem I need to fix.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This one bums me out the most. I know so many of you love it and I’ve tried maybe four different times this year to get into it and I just can’t. BUT the good news is I will never stop trying. FIFTH TIMES THE CHARM! I will finish Six of Crows this year!

Have you ever just given up on a book?
SHOULD I GIVE ANY OF THESE A SECOND CHANCE?!

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Started in 2017 But Didn’t Finish!”

  1. Oh my god, I JUST gave up on a book a few weeks ago! I was trying to read Dividing Eden, but had to throw it in the dnf pile because I hated one of the main characters so much. Another one I tried to read a few months back was The Kiss of Deception, which people seem to really love, but I just couldn’t make it past the first several chapters. Maybe that’s one I need to actually READ and not listen to on audio??

    And isn’t it annoying when you listen to and audiobook and get confused or forget parts of it?? Oh man, since I listen to them at work, that happens to me ALL THE TIME. I’ll lose focus when I’m doing something and then I have rewind chunks of it to know what’s going on. So annoying!

    1. AH! I am definitely one of the people that loved The Kiss of Deception. I had a lot of fun with it from the audio, but when I finished it I wanted the book. Let me know if you give it another go though!

      YESSS!! It’s so annoying, the rewinding is the worst! Thank goodness for the bookmark option on audible otherwise I’d never be able to find my place!!!

      1. I think that Audible should have the same chapters as the book and a slight summary to what’s happening in each chapter, that way if you get lost you can just check out the chapter info on the sidebar and select accordingly. I still don’t know how to use all the features eg when I rewind or fastforward the x2 x4 etc come up and I don’t know what that’s meant to do.

    2. When I first started reading audiobooks, I couldn’t for the life of me, get past the 2nd chapter as my mind would just wander and I forgot I was listening to a book, but I picked up John Green’s Papertown and started doing better, then I picked up Talon series by Julie Kagawa and I’ve been able to concentrate ever since….which isn’t long. I’ve only listened to 7 audiobooks that I have finished.

      I think for the most part, it’s something you need to get used to, and also if you’ve got good narrators (I prefer full casts) it becomes heaps better.

      I did not want to read the Talon series once I started with the audio as I got attached to the characters voices.

      1. Most of the books I read are audiobooks, but sometimes the narrator is just….I don’t know, something about their voice or the writing just sends my brain on vacay and then I realize two hours later I haven’t been paying attention and I don’t know whats going on OR where the last moment was that I WAS paying attention. 😩

  2. I had a hard time getting into Six of Crows as well, but in the end it ended up becoming one of my favorite books, so maybe that will happen on your fifth try? πŸ™‚ I loved the Shadow and Bone trilogy as well. And ahh, I still need to start Tower of Dawn but for some reason I haven’t. I like Chaol, so that’s not it, but it feels like a different book altogether and I just haven’t been in the mood to start it, even though I can’t wait to pick up any other SJM book.

    1. Okay that makes me feel better about having a hard time getting into it. It has everything I love in my books (aka lil criminal babes being sassy) so hopefully after I finish my current book I can REALLY. DO. IT.

      YESS! It does feel like a different book. Ugh. I just gotta do it before Fall (which is when the I think the next one comes out?) That’s a lot of time! I can totally manage that.

      Probably.

  3. Giving up/DNFing a book is such a freeing experience. XD If you’re not feeling these, don’t read them. I DNF’d a book just yesterday. Long books are rough, too, especially when you don’t like the characters! Sometimes it’s a matter of timing, but other times… sometimes I wish I had a SparkNotes so I can skip through the boring parts. πŸ˜›

    1. Totally! I used to feel bad about not finishing books but like…I AM A GROWN ASS WOMAN. I’LL READ WHAT I WANT.

      Though I agree and wish there were full summaries of EVERY BOOK so I could just find out what happens, or like….refresh my memory before the next one in a series comes out. I’m terrible with that. If it’s been like a year since I read the book and a sequel comes out? IM JUST LIKE WAIT WHO IS THIS WHAT HAPPENED WHERE ARE WE.
      I need a “PREVIOUSLY ON….”

      1. Don’t feel guilt DNF. I used to force myself to finish, thinking…I’ve already read halfway…but now I think there’s too many books I want to read in my lifetime to try and finish a book I’m not liking.

        I am terrible with series. For the most part I wait till all books are released cos I’ve got to read the previous books before reading the new release…that brings me back to my previous point, time I could be reading another book. For example with Obsidio I have had to re-read Illuminae and Gemina, that’s 2 books I could have read something else!

        Do you re read when a new release comes out?

        1. You’re so right. I have WAAAAAAAY too many books on my TBR to bother with ones I don’t like!

          It depends on the series, I TRY to reread, especially if it’s been over a year because I have a terrible memory and will NOT remember whats going on. Usually though I’ll just try and find a recap/review of the last book to jog my memory.
          But if it’s like a book I really LOVED reading the first time around I usually reread, or go over my favorite parts again.
          Like the next Throne of Glass book I’ll probably reread the last two before the last one comes out!

  4. I really don’t like Chaol either! But he was slightly less bad in this book and the new characters were amazing enough to make me forget about him. I especially loved the second half of the book ( a lot of crazy things happened) I’m not a fan of Nesryn anymore she was so boring it gave me a headache! 😁
    Great TTT 😊

    1. Okay this makes me feel good about trying to get through it again. I’m going to like psych myself up to read it, GOING TO GET INTO IT. IT’S GOING TO BE GREAT.

      But I am bummed out about Nesryn! I LOVED HER! DAMN.

  5. Oh you were so smart to stop and not read the final book – Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen. I hated it. I should have put it down but I kept thinking, it has to get better. And then it didn’t. At all. It just got worse. And you don’t even want to know how it all ended, I was livid. Soooooo yeah lol. YAY you, I wish I didn’t know how that final book went down! Fabulous list!

    1. I’m so glad it ended up being terrible (though sad for you that you had to read it!!!).
      Sometimes I DNF a book that apparently turned out to be great and I feel bad about it, but I’m glad this was NOT one of those times!!!

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