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Top 10 Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't

A weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish

I used to be horrible at putting down books. I finished everything regardless of how disinterested I was. Now, I put them down easily- usually on the first page. I read a paragraph, say nope, and toss it aside. However, if I'm halfway through the book, I'll probably finish. For various reasons. See examples below.

Top 10 Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't

ARC Review Copies:

The Tyrant's Daughter - did not enjoy it. The main character made me want to shake some sense into her. But it was a NetGalley review copy...I felt compelled to finish and write my review.

Defy - see above.

The Eye of Zoltar - This one I think I was just reading at the wrong time. In hindsight, I should have just put it aside and picked it up later when I was in the right mood. It doesn't release in the US until the fall (which still has me confused about when I can post my review), so I had time. But the ARC pressure made me finish.


Jane Eyre - Had it not been for school, it would have been flung into the corner of suffering.

Ender's Game - See above.

Did Put Down, but Picked Up and Finished Later:

Fire and Hemlock - It may have been years in between, but I flew through it when I picked it up for the second time and restarted.

Eyre Affair - I think I got halfway through and had to take a break with something else, but I'm glad I came back for the other half.

Knew I Should Put Down but Didn't (and Regretted Later):

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - It was too much like Twilight. I knew I should have put it down, but I kept thinking the author might pull out something different/better. It got worse.

New Moon - Yes, as in the second Twilight book. Some things cannot be unread.

(Currently) Reading for a Book Club/Group:

Frankenstein - I am DYING to put this aside (I'm already four behind on my Goodreads challenge), but no. I will finish. I mean, I'm 77% of the way through. Might as well finish now, however loathsome the notion. Though it has set ideas spinning in my mind of a video review featuring sock puppets...

Any special books you almost put down, but didn't? I know there has to be at least one. Did you wind up loving or hating it? Let me know, and check back tomorrow for this week's updates!


  1. I hope our next classic isn't so painful for you. :)

    1. You and me both! It's been a slow month or two of reading. No worries. It'll be worth it if I can actually throw together a sock puppet video review! :D

  2. 'The Art of Losing' by Rebecca Connel. I didn't like it at all, it was well written but I clashed with almost everything in it. However, my pride was too big to put it down. So I didn't... I don't regret reading it though.

    1. Ooh, those are always the hardest. They're not badly written, but when everything else irks you...yeah. I'm glad you didn't regret it! :)

  3. I haven't read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea because it reminded me of Twilight too. And Defy was such a huge letdown. :( Should have known when the synopsis had "love triangle" in it...

    1. If you're not a Twilight fan, definitely stay far away from BtDatDBS. Defy was disappointing, but it still holds a special place in my heart as my first eARC. If I were to reread it in the right mood, I bet I could laugh at some of the passages I cringed at the first time. ;)