Top 5 Wednesday – November 11th, 2015

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey. Every week, book reviewers all over the world are given a bookish topic and respond with their top 5 books (or elements of books) that relate to that topic. Click here for the Goodreads group if you would like to learn more about Top 5 Wednesday and join in!

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is the top five books you did not finish. I don’t often stop in the middle of books, so this was a hard list for me to compile. Usually, no matter how I’m feeling about it, I absolutely hate stopping before the end of a novel or series. I’m not sure why, but I just can’t seem to leave anything unfinished; it really bugs me! However, there are a handful novels that I have stopped partway through because I truly could not get myself to continue them.

Since some of these picks may be a tad controversial, I thought I should include a little disclaimer! 🙂 These are not by any means bad novels; in fact, for a number of these, I can completely see why they have so many fans. The books on this list were simply not my cup of tea and, for that reason, I personally found them difficult to finish.

5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

thecuriousincidentofthedoginthenighttimeAll right, so this one is technically not an official DNF forever. I started this a year or two ago and just could not get into the story. The writing style was not my favorite and the plot itself upset me more than I expected. I only read a few chapters, but I was not enjoying my reading experience at all, so I ended up putting it aside and I have not yet gotten back to it. I will say, I believe my reading mood at the time partially contributed to my feelings; I don’t think I should have started it when I did, which is why I do actually intend to give it another go at some point. But at this moment, it is a DNF.

                                        4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

shiverI’m not exactly sure why I attempted to read this series because it is not at all the type of story I like to read. I’m pretty sure it was due to the fact that I had heard all the hype and praise surrounding these novels; I thought I should give them a go and maybe they would surprise me. I really hoped that I would enjoy them, but unfortunately that did not happen, and I made it about halfway through Shiver before giving up. I do intend to give Maggie Stiefvater’s other novels, such as The Raven Boys, a try despite not liking these stories; some of those storylines seem a bit more suited to my personal tastes.

3. Dead Rules by Randy Russell

deadrulesAgain, we have another case where I have no clue why I attempted to read this. A few years back, I picked it up at the library on a whim, but absolutely could not get into it. I remember that I could not stand the main character, and the plot, which had sounded like an interesting idea, fell completely flat for me. On top of that, I never clicked with the author’s writing style. I read only about a third of the novel and it was just going too slow and not showing any signs of picking up. I truly could not find anything I really liked about the story, and figured it wasn’t really worth trying to continue on to the end.

                                         2. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

songofsolomonSong of Solomon was a book that we read in high school, but I switched schools a couple of months into the year and was no longer required to read it. This is also one of the only classics that was required reading in school that I did not enjoy. I could not get into this story at all and was not interested in seeing how it wrapped up so, when I left school, I just ended up putting it down. I do not, at the moment, have any intention of trying to finish it off, however, this is another case where I would like to give some of the author’s other work a try one day. I know Toni Morrison is a very popular writer, and maybe another novel would be more my type.

1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

eclipseThis is probably my most controversial choice on here, but I have to admit, I am not a fan of the Twilight series. This series was never my type of series; the main reason that I had begun reading it was due to all the hype surrounding it. Now, I did not completely hate the first two books, but I didn’t particularly like them either. Since I had gotten halfway through, I figured I would just finish off the final books in the series since I hate to leave anything incomplete. However, I genuinely could not stand this book and all the drama and angst, and I just decided it was time to put it aside.

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What novels have you stopped in the middle of? Are you like me where you have trouble stopping in the middle of books or series once you start? Let me know down in the comments!

-Ariana

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9 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday – November 11th, 2015

  1. Like you, I delved into Twilight to see what all the buzz was about. And the first half of the first book I have to admit I enjoyed. It was once Bella checks her brain in order to be in love with Edward because he’s all sparkly and she undergoes a complete personality transformation that I began to lose patience with the novel. I listened to the next couple but couldn’t bring myself to listen to or read Breaking Dawn. I eventually read the summary on Wikipedia and it only confirmed my fears.

    I will admit it’s not often I give up on a book entirely. I try to give a book 100 pages or so to feel like I’ve given it a fair chance. And by that point, there’s usually at least one thread or character that interests me enough to keep going or to make it through to the end.

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    • I actually did the same thing as you; I read the Wikipedia article for the last one! 😀 And I completely agree with what you said about Bella. I love a strong protagonist, especially a strong, independent female one, and she is just not one of them. I’ve always been a very independent person myself, even back when I was younger and reading these books, and her lack of that (at least in the ones I read) always annoyed me so much!

      That’s usually how I go about it too! I like to give a book a good chance, about 100 pages like you said, and decide at that point. It’s relatively rare for me to not be able to find at least one reason to give the rest of the book a try.

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    • I definitely do intend to give it another go! 🙂 I was not in the right reading mood at the time, and I knew that, so I figured I’d not try to force myself. But I really do want to finish it off at some point! I do know a few people with autism; that really made me read and think about what I read of the story in a different way.

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      • Funny story about my copy of this book – I read a library copy and liked it, so I had been searching for it at thrift stores to get a copy for my shelf. I found a few but they were in rough shape, so I passed on them and decided to keep looking. One day, I found a copy that was in GREAT shape, so I bought it. When I got home, I noticed there was a Barnes and Noble gift card inside and it ended up having $15 bucks on it. So now I can never get rid of that book. It’s good luck!

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    • It essentially is Twilight with werewolves! Definitely not something I should have attempted. But I’m glad to hear you liked The Raven Boys 😀 I’ve heard so many good things about that series so I definitely feel like I’ll enjoy it a lot more.

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  2. It’s funny you mention stopping in the middle of the books. I’m ashamed to admit this, but I do it all the time! It’s not that I necessarily don’t like the books, I just forget about reading or do something else! I’m determined though to start reading more and not just stop, unless I genuinely don’t like the book. I had to read the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime for my literature class in college, I don’t remember a lot of it, but I think I thought it was so-so.

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