Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books We Almost Put Down


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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!


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.



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 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books We Almost Put Down”

  1. 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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