Side note to the actual post: Thanks so much to everyone who was so supportive and understanding of my much needed mini-break last week. I’m back, feeling much better and less drowning-in-my-emotions, and it feels good! I’ll be taking it a bit slow but I’ve missed everyone (and blogging) so much (I know it was only one week LOL)!
So, we’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. 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).
I think we all know by now that I don’t
really DNF books and it’s something that I’m (very) slowly working towards. I know, I know—”why read a book if you’re not enjoying it?” It’s a good question and honestly, I’m not going to say anything different to what other non-DNFer’s would say. I feel guilty when I think of DNF’ing and that guilt means that if I abandon the book, it’ll linger in my head for longer than if I push through it. That FOMO feeling in me also always thinks: “but what if it gets better?!” Yeah, it usually never does but 🤷🏻♀️ So instead of listing books that I abandoned, I’ll be looking at ten books that I should’ve abandoned!*
*Possible unpopular opinions ahead! I don’t intend to offend anybody but I’m sorry if anything I say offends you, but please don’t attack me! LOL
The Hobbit. This is probably one of my most unpopular opinions because it’s Tolkien and The Hobbit and how could I?! I have to say that the movie (and LOTR) is one of my all-time faves and it’s a go-to whenever I want something comforting to binge-watch (especially when feeling grotty lol). So I guess I had expectations… Lots of expectations… And it just really didn’t work for me. I was bored to tears! 😭
One Hundred Years of Solitude. I cannot even begin to tell you how disappointed I was by how much I didn’t enjoy this book. It’s one of those “must read in your lifetime” books that everyone always raves about and I was shooketh shaken rocked by how dull I found it. This one convinced me that magical realism to this extent really is not for me!
American Psycho. This book was just… I really don’t even have words. I won’t ever watch the movie but of course I know of its fame. I should’ve just let it go because it was so disgusting. Ugh, I can’t even…
Conversations with Friends. My first Rooney experience and I’m sad to say I strongly disliked her debut although I loved her second novel. This one sent me into an almost one-month long reading slump. I should’ve DNF’d it!
Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Okay so if you asked me now what Tess was about I wouldn’t be able to tell you because my brain wiped that book clean from my mind! I’m really sorry to those that loved it. It was so dry, or likely I was too dumb to understand it, but when I read it a few years ago, I was shook by how awful it was (to me). Definitely not my jam!
Gone Girl. Yo, I just hated the characters in this book with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. Everyone loves this book and the movie and this is a very unpopular opinion but I just couldn’t get past how much I hated the characters lol I didn’t even watch the movie because of it. I really should’ve put this one away 🤣
Mixed Signals. This was one of my first eARCs from NetGalley and it sounded really good and looked super cute, so I was mega pleased I got to read it. Then I read it… *whomp whomp* big nope. Sorry!
Hot Dog Girl. I honestly don’t even know whose reviews I read anymore but their gushing about this book made me immediately want to get my hands on it (not to mention that cover really is just too cute imho). But the MC ended up being so, so awful and this book literally left me fuming!
The Casual Vacancy. I won’t lie that I picked this up because of the author (before) and I wanted to give it a try. It really didn’t work for me though and I hated it (future me notes: even more so now)!!! There was no magic or spark for me in the story and I just kept wondering when it would end. I have no idea how it was a Goodreads Choice Winner! 🙈
The Magicians. I loved the concept and it was honestly a bit of a cover pick but I was really disappointed that I found it as dull as The Hobbit. There was this pervasive sense of melancholy in the text that just left me feeling disconnected from all the characters. I loved the show but the book was definitely not for me!
Does anyone else wish they had abandoned these books or was it just me? LOL