TTT: The last ten books I abandoned

There’s always lots of discussion about not finishing books… I’m in the camp of, if you don’t enjoy it, stop reading it! I can think of quite a few books I abandoned at some point.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly tag hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. You can find all the future prompts on her page! As is evident, today’s prompt is ten books I abandoned. This could be anything from DNF’d to just losing interest, and I have done both, though not super often.

1: Nocturna – Maya Motayne

So the premise of this book sounded super interesting, and I got about halfway through. The magic is really cool, especially that of the main character who can change her face. However, I thought the characters were sassy and sarcastic to the point that it became annoying, and I decided to pick up another book.

2: The Maze Runner series – James Dashner

I read the first book after seeing the movie and really enjoyed it, but it took me forever to pick up the second book. Then it took me forever to read it. Now the third book is kind of accumulating dust on my shelves. I think at this point it’s safe to say that I’ve lost interest.

3: The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco

This one I feel bad about mentioning, because so many people enjoyed this book. I didn’t think it was bad, it was just so slow. I didn’t pick up on any kind of plot, and that made me put it aside. Libby offers it as an audiobook though, so I might give this book a listen instead, before I completely abandon it!

4: Thirteen Rising – Romina Russell

This is the fourth book in a series, and though I enjoyed the first two books very much, the third became a little meh. I picked up Thirteen Rising so long after I read Black Moon, that I had forgotten nearly everything. It also seemed to be getting a little repetitive, so I stopped reading it after like a chapter.

5: Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik

I know this is a book I definitely should’ve finished. It’s rated so well, and so many people enjoyed it. I just couldn’t get through it at all. I stopped about a third of the way in eventually. It’s such a shame, because I really enjoyed Uprooted.

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6: A Song of Ice and Fire – G.R.R.M. Martin

Okay, so technically I can’t abandon a series if it’s not yet complete. But honestly that’s entirely the problem. The first book in this series came out the year I was born! You’d think the sixth book would be out by now, but nooo. At this point I’d like to say I’m going to abandon the series if the Winds of Winter every releases, but honestly… I’ll probably still buy it.

7: Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

This is probably my biggest confession ever… I never finished reading Clockwork Princess… *hides in corner* I don’t even know why I stopped reading it mid-book?? I love all the Shadowhunter books, and I’m sure this one wasn’t an exception. But somehow I just abandoned it?? I must’ve gotten distracted by another book, and then never picked it up again. Obviously I know how it ends now, because of all the other books that came after it.

8: The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman

This is a book I definitely need to read at some point. Actually, I need to reread the entire series. I thought the Golden Compass especially was magical. About three years ago I read the new prequel to the series, but now the sequel is out, and it takes place many years after the events of the original trilogy. So, I should probably dust off these books and get going.

9: Honorable mention: Allegiant – Veronica Roth

I’ve pretty much run out of books I actually abandoned, so here are some books that I almost gave up on. I started reading Allegiant way too long after finishing Insurgent, so I had no clue what was going on. That made me want to stop reading so I did. Then I wanted to know what happened so I picked it up again, but like… months later. In the end I was still confused, but at least I finished the series?

10: Honorable mention: The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson

This book I really want to read, and I don’t think I’ll ever lose interest. But every time I picked it up in the past, I would put it down again at some point. I’m now the furthest I’ve ever gotten, but for now it’s again put aside in favor for some shorter books. Someone hold me accountable so I actually finish this book, please!

What are some books that you abandoned? Are there any books you didn’t finish even though everyone else seemed to like them?

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    • simonevanheijst
      May 12, 2020 / 1:23 pm

      Exactly! Reading should always be enjoyable:)

    • simonevanheijst
      May 12, 2020 / 4:19 pm

      I just couldn’t get through it for some reason. I really liked Uprooted 🤷🏼‍♀️

  1. May 12, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    I’ve only read the first book in the Divergent trilogy and I thought it was just okay so I kind of forgot about it. Then I got spoiled for the end of Allegiant so I’ve pretty much abandoned it at this point.

    • simonevanheijst
      May 12, 2020 / 6:02 pm

      I always find it hard to continue a series if it’s been spoiled for me. If I already know how it ends, why bother reading😅

  2. May 13, 2020 / 8:38 pm

    I thought the bone witch was slow too. I am not huge into fantasy though. I don’t know if I will continue on with the series or not either.

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    • simonevanheijst
      May 14, 2020 / 9:46 am

      Yeah there wasn’t a whole lot of plot going on. I might give it another shot as an audiobook one day.

    • simonevanheijst
      May 14, 2020 / 9:47 am

      It truly was! The only thing I remember is the end 😂

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