Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. This week’s prompt is The Last Ten Books I Abandoned (this could be books you DNFed, books you decided you were no longer interested in, etc.) (submitted by Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza)
Hello Readers! I hope you’re all well and safe. And if you celebrate, I hope you had a relaxing Mother’s Day weekend. Today we’re talking about abandoned books. I’m a guilty reader, meaning if someone allows me to read an advance copy of their book, I feel like I should finish it. I’ve only ever DNF’d 4 books. BUT I did recently do a thorough “spring cleaning” of my bookshelves and removed about 50 books, so I’ll be listing ten of those here. (In no particular order.)
(Link to Goodreads synopsis through book title.)
Atlantia by Ally Condie
When I go through my books, I decide what to remove by checking the current Goodreads reviews and reading the first few pages or sometimes even the first chapter. If I have no desire to keep reading, I get rid of it. I really wanted Atlantia to be good because just look at that cover!! But the reviews didn’t wow me and neither did the first chapter. I did, however, enjoy the Matched series by the same author.
Current Goodreads Rating: 3.41
A World Without You by Beth Revis
A World Without You actually has a pretty good rating on Goodreads, but after I read the entire first chapter, I had no desire to keep reading. I do love the author, Beth Revis, despite never reading any of her work. I discovered her on Instagram and I receive her newsletter. And I also own her other novel, Across the Universe, which I hope to read someday.
Current Goodreads Rating: 3.72
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Leviathan
You Know Me Well was a hard one to get rid of. Ratings by my friends on Goodreads were equally mixed–some people liked it, some people said is was just okay. I read the first chapter (I think I may have even read more than the first chapter) and I wasn’t hooked, so I decided to toss it. I do, however, want to read Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay, and I was a fan of Leviathan’s The Lover’s Dictionary.
Current Goodreads Rating: 3.75
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
I really wanted to keep Fates and Furies for the cover alone. If the cover is gorgeous, the book should be good, right?? And I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you tell me I made a mistake getting rid of this one, but so many reviewers said it was a disappointment, I decided to pass it on. I do still have Groff’s Florida on my TBR, however.
Current Goodreads Rating: 3.57
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Red Rising is the book on this list I had the hardest time getting rid of. Especially because I owned the second book in the series, Golden Son, as well. This series has great reviews–for the most part. However, a few of my friends didn’t love it. I think this may also be a situation where the time has passed for a book series; it was popular when it came out in 2014, but it no longer holds up?? Did I make a mistake getting rid of this one?
Current Goodreads Rating: 4.27
The Deep by Nick Cutter
Nick Cutter’s The Deep (why are there sooooo many books with this title??) sounds intriguing. The cover even has a misleading blurb of support by Stephen King for Cutter’s OTHER book, The Troop. But the ratings on this thriller are on the lower side and reviews are mixed. I read the first few pages and decided I wasn’t interested anymore.
Current Goodreads Rating: 3.37
Passenger by Alexander Bracken
Passenger was a very much hyped book that sat on my shelf for a long time. The rating for this one isn’t bad, but most of my friends said it was just okay. When I read the first chapter and wasn’t wowed, I decided to get rid of it. I do still own Bracken’s The Darkest Mind, which I also debated on removing from my shelves, but decided to keep.
Current Goodreads Rating: 3.78
And the Sea Will Tell by Vincent Bugliosi
None of my fellow Goodreads friends have read And the Sea Will Tell, so I had to take a deep dive into the Goodreads’ Community reviews. Almost all the reviewers said Bugliosi was indulgent and egotistical in this true account of the harrowing murder and trial. I read the first few pages and decided to pass it on… for now. I may pick it up again someday.
Current Goodreads Rating: 3.97
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
This is one of my most recent acquisitions, but after taking a closer look at the reviews and the book, I decided to abandon it. I’m not big on self-help books, and this one felt more like she was preaching at me. Thanks, but no thanks.
Current Goodreads Rating: 3.74
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
I picked up The Middlesteins at a used book sale just from reading the blurb on the back. It sounded like something I would enjoy, but I decided to get rid of it after taking a closer look at the reviews and reading the first chapter. It may be one I pick back up again someday, though.
Current Goodreads Rating: 3.44
Have you read any of these books? Are they sitting on your bookshelf? Let me know in the comments!