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top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Books We Almost Put Down

But didn’t!

Ricki

1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

It was very difficult for me to get into this book, but halfway through, I was hooked. Now, I would argue it has exemplary literary merit.

2. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson

This is incredibly well-written, and I even went on to read the sequel, but I have to humbly admit that there was a time that I wondered if I would make it through the first one.

3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

When this won the Printz, I immediately picked it up to read it. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it, but I did find it to be rewarding by the end.

4. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

When I was thirteen-years-old, I picked up this book because it was a bestseller at the time. I hated it but was  mad I spent my money on it, so I flipped to a random page and read it. I loved that random page, so I knew I had to make my way there. It was a fantastic book.

5. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

The only reason I finished this book was because it was for a class. I found it to be insufferable.

 

Kellee

1. Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Was so slow at the beginning, but boy am I glad that I stuck with it. It is a beautiful novel that does an amazing job paying homage to Grimm fairy tales.

2. Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

I almost put this book down when I realized that Kendra was taking her brother, Grayson, without his medication. Just so selfish and wrong. But stuck with it and ended up truly enjoying the book.

3. Brother/Sister by Sean Olin

This is a pretty disturbing book. Still not sure what I think of it.

4. Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

Just had no connection to this book. I am still baffled by it even though I finished it.

5. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Talk about overwhelming! I just couldn’t keep up with everything at first. So much satire and filled with footnotes, but once I got the hang of it, MAN! did I love it and actually found it quite funny.

What books did you almost abandon?

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4 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books We Almost Put Down

  1. Collene Irvin says:

    Ricki, glad to hear good things about Memoirs of a Geisha, it’s on my TBR list

  2. Kellee Moye says:

    Ricki, you actually had some books on your list that I almost abandoned too and had actually forgotten about. Octavian Nothing was a TOUGH book to get through though I’m not sure how I feel about it even today. When Things Come Back and Code Name Verity are both ones that I loved in the end, but were both tough to get into.

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