Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday (#13): Books We Did Not Finish

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. However, we decided to take a page from Just Us Book Blog and split the Top Ten Tuesday posts between the two of us. We’ll each post our top five book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

Top 5 books that I haven’t finished because either I didn’t have time to finish it or I just couldn’t connect with the book:

1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber ==> I started reading this book but I just couldn’t go on because it was so fictional and full of fantasy that my Brian couldn’t imagine I guess. I’m going to read it again and give it a try, but it was too much for me.


2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them By J.K Rowling. I couldn’t continue reading it because of grad school, but I’m so excited to pick it up and read it again.

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3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ==> I read the first book, but I didn’t have time to read the rest. I have seen the movies though, so I cannot lie about that 🙂 (updated: I haven’t read the lord of the rings even though I loved the Hobbit).

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4. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I started reading it two months ago but I stopped because life happened!! I love the book cover though 🙂


5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I swear I read the first three pages and then mama called me to do some work and I didn’t go back to read it lol.


I have a personal rule that I will always read at least two chapters of a book before giving up on it because, if I’m not engaged by then, then I doubt another chapter will change things.

6. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith ==> Don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed the CW show. But there was something about the narrative voice in The Vampire Diaries that really turned me off.

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7. Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer ==> Okay. Okay. I admit I went through a bit of a vampire phase. I tried to read this one at the end of high school. While I didn’t finish it, I think I would have appreciated the lead male if I had read it at a younger age.


8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han ==> To complete this TTT challenge, I was scanning my bookshelf (I never give my books away…) and saw this one. I can honestly say I have no idea why I never finish it. I think I started reading it during a difficult semester during undergrad and just never picked it back up. 


9. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin ==> This is a series that I SO SO want to read. I picked the first one up during grad school, read through maybe one chapter of it, and then got way too busy to continue. Maybe now that I’ve graduated, I’ll have time to give this series another try.

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10. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien ==> I feel like this is one of those series that you have to read if you ever want to write good fantasy fiction and be successful at world building. I’ve tried to read these books several times in the past, but as I said earlier, I just haven’t had the time to really commit.

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What are some books you did not finish? Do you regret setting those books aside? Leave your answer as a comment below.

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (#13): Books We Did Not Finish

  1. I read The Vampire Diaries in my teen vampire phase and absolutely loved it. I was then really excited about the t.v. show coming out (which I loved for years too) but when I went back to the book, Elena just seemed really shallow and the story didn’t feel as good! I think the t.v. show ended up being better but it has been years so I can’t be sure!

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    1. That’s exactly how I felt! Now I know that maybe I didn’t like the first book because I started watching the show first. I liked Elena’s character in the show; however, I was one of the few people I know that was okay with what happened to her in the show. The actress left, and yet the show writers did a fantastic job revising the storyline to account for that, while also making the show just as, if not more, strong.


      1. I stopped watching after Nina Dobrev left (mostly because I hadn’t been watching it religiously by that point and had only watched was on Netflix) but I’m glad that it continued to be good. I’m not sure how I’d feel about it now but I definitely felt that the mythology and writing got better with each season (even if death became less and less permanent…).

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        1. The show became less focused around her, and we really got more depth to a lot of the other characters, like Enzo. I definitely recommend you give the show another try! It is also one of the few shows that really gave me closure in the series finale!


        1. That’s alright ☺️ saves you some pain anyway, I personally enjoyed the hobbit but I know plenty of people who hate it, and lord of the rings haha! I haven’t attempted lord of the rings yet for that reason 😂


  2. I can see why you didn’t like a lot of these books. Sometimes, we just don’t connect to stories or the genre is just not for us. I agree with you on The Vampire Diaries. I feel like L.J. Smith had something good in her mind for a lot of her stories (I’ve liked a few but not a lot) but they are really of their time in terms of how they were written. They feel outdated most of the time to me. Or at least, TVD does. I really enjoyed the show and I wanted to like the books but there were so many qualities to it that just didn’t click with me. Anyways, great list! It’s always so interesting to see books that other’s just didn’t connect with and why.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed our list! I also really wanted to enjoy TVD books because I like the show so much but just couldn’t get past the way they were written. I’m glad she wrote the series though because the show wouldn’t exist without her!


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