Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we feature top ten books or book related stuff according to each week’s topic.

This week’s topic was a freebie and I picked the TTT done 2 weeks ago because I regretfully missed it due to schoolwork. :(

As you can tell from the title, the list would be filled with books I almost DNF-ed. Some I ended up loving, others I did not but turned out loving the rest of its series and the rest… I either regret not putting down or am still hoping its sequels will redeem it.

Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t:

Throne of Glass

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1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

At the very beginning of the book, I found Celaena really annoying because I couldn’t grasp how she could be so multi-faceted. The implied love triangle was not encouraging either. However, I pushed through and ended up utterly loving Celaena (she’s now one of my favorite protagonists ever). The Throne of Glass series is also in my top five most-loved series! So glad I did not put this one down!

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All Our Yesterdays

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2. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

This was another case of almost-put-down-due-to-annoying-protagonist. I found Marina an utter brat but after a particular bit of information had been revealed around page 100, I simply could not stop reading it. This, too, turned out to be on my favorites list. I thank God everyday I had persevered with it.

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Pushing the Limits

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3. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

I’ve vented my hatred for Echo, the protagonist, multiple times already so I shall go not further than to state that I strongly dislike her. This dislike almost prevented me from reading the sequel, Dare You To, which I utterly adored. Obviously, the sequel had a different set of main characters and it really helped that the female protagonist in Dare You To, Beth, disliked Echo too. I’m sad I had to suffer through Pushing the Limits but ultimately, am glad it led me to the amazingness that are its sequels.
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Across the Universe

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4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Here’s another example of a debut I wasn’t a fan of but which sequels became some of my favorite books. I found Across the Universe pretty boring when I had read it but the trilogy’s pretty covers (with the exception of Shades of Earth, the last book) simply begged me to give it another chance. I did and people, you have to try this trilogy out.

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The Diviners

 

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5. The Diviners by Libba Bray

Make no mistake – I’m a huge fan of Libba Bray. However, it had been the sheer size of this book (about 600+ pages I think?) that made me almost not want to finish it. Well, or more like I had been afraid to even start it at all because once I did, I knew straight away I had to and would complete and love it.

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Under the Never Sky

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6. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I remember finding this book oddly boring for a futuristic novel. However, its sequel, Through the Ever Night, had been a lot better and I’m hoping the last book, Into the Still Blue (which I recently borrowed from the library), could hopefully make it onto my favorites list!

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The Elite

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7. The Elite by Kiera Cass

Despite having loved The Selection, this sequel annoyed me to no end and the only reason I’m still taking a chance on the trilogy was because the ending had been quite redeeming. I’m praying hard the final installment, The One, will live up to expectations!

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Splintered

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8. Splintered by A.G. Howard

This one I just pity myself for ever choosing to finish.

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Starglass

 

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9. Starglass by Phoebe North

Please refer to the previous comment above.

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Allegiant

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10. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

It’s complicated. *runs to a corner to rage-cry*

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What TTT topic did you pick this week? Or which books did you almost put down? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

Adelena

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5 thoughts on “Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

  1. I completely understand about Across The Universe. I found it extremely dull — but I never picked it up again.

    I am a huge fan of the Pushing the Limits series but I have to agree with you; it’s not because of the ladies. If it wasn’t for Noah, I never would have finished the first book. I didn’t feel anything for Echo. And I hated Beth in both books. Didn’t get much better in the third with Rachel. But I absolutely loved Noah, Ryan and Isaiah.

    I don’t know if I’ve ever been more let down about a series’ end than that travesty of a book called Allegiant. It took me about 6 months to get through it, I was so angry.

    My TTT

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