Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Types of Books I Didn’t Finish in 2017
Yes, I have so much books I didn’t finish in 2017 that I can sort them into 10 different categories! Don’t kill me, I’m only human! I finished 101 books in 2017 which isn’t bad. But I also DNFed quite a lot of books! which, I admit, is quite bad reading behaviour.
This list just sums up perfectly all the different reading stages I went through in 2017! I just want to say that this isn’t some kind of random hating on books. Most of them are decent/good books, I just trick myself into believing I was going to like them while I actually knew beforehand I wouldn’t!
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme was actually: Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!). But I thought it would be more fun to list all the books that I tried to read and failed. I also just,couldn’t make a list with “books I planned to read in 2017” because I’m not even capable of planning the books I will read in the next week, let alone in THE NEXT YEAR. People who are able to plan their lives are such wonderful creatures! Me and lists/planners aren’t very good friends.
This list may make it look like I never finish a bad book, which isn’t true! I finish a lot of books that I didn’t really like. Also, not all the books on this list are bad! Some of those I really still want to finish (if I ever feel like them)
1. The Complete Disappointment
You know the kind of books that you are certain you’re going to love, because everyone is loving them and everything about the book looks and feels perfect? And then it’s the worst book you ever read and you begin to doubt all your previous life choices, because nothing makes senses anymore? I had a few of those moments in 2017.
Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
This book truly is a beautiful disaster. I really wanted to read this book because of the high ratings and good reviews it has on Goodreads. But, from the first page of this book, I had the feeling that this book and I weren’t going to be friends. The romance wasn’t my thing and the overall story didn’t make any sense to me. So I quickly decided I would not finish this book!
NeverSea (Echoes of the Lost, #1) – Jenetta Penner & David R. Bernstein
This story sounded really promising! Little Mermaid meets Peter Pan in a world that is 90% water. The problem was that the main character had identity issues. She goes from wanting to murder everyone in her surroundings to acting like a giggly 5 year old because she meets a boy she kissed one time 17 year earlier. I got a migraine from it and just couldn’t finish it.
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) – Maggie Stiefvater
This is a book that wasn’t THAT bad. Sometime, I actually plan on finishing it. The problem here was that the book wasn’t super interesting enough and that all the other books I was reading at the time were so much more interesting and after a month of not touching the book I decided I would just leave it be for the moment. This is a case of a gorgeous cover that betrayed me. The cover is AH-MAZING, the book is just ordinary.
2. The Horror book
If you don’t know me and it’s your first time here: welcome on my blog! I’m the biggest wuss you will ever meet! For the people who read earlier posts of me I’m sorry for mentioning this AGAIN (it must mean it’s true, right?). Horror is one of those stages I go to once every x years. I hear so much good things about Stephen King and other horror novels and I decide that I will give it another try!
The Shining – Stephen King
This year I made it as far as 7% in The Shining (not impressive, but it’s the farthest I ever got in a King novel) before I decided that it wasn’t worth losing my sleep over. Nothing scary had happened yet, but I was already scared from knowing that something scary was going to happen! Yes that’s my level! I wanted to read a Halloween themed book, but I only even consider reading a horror book when the sun is still up. And October and November were kind of busy so I only read books after 6pm and then it’s dark. I’m just making excuses btw.
3. The Non-Fiction Book
I did finish some good non-fictions in 2017. But I can only take so many of them in one year (apparently that number is 5). The rest of the year I start a bunch of Non-fiction books and I’m just bored to pieces by them!
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
First I have to say that I think this book is wonderful and I read half of the book, but I just felt guilty for not liking it just because it was a non-fiction book. This is definitely one of those books I want to give another try next year!
The Romanovs: 1613-1918 – Simon Sebag Montefiore
I have always been immensely intrigued by The Romanovs. As a child (I’m still watching it, I’m not going to lie) I watched Anastasia thousands of times. I even did a lecture about it in school. But this book just couldn’t grab my attention and the fact that it’s 800+ pages also really didn’t help. This is probably a book I’m not going to give another try.
4. The Mistery
Some time in 2017 I tricked myself into believing that I actually really enjoyed reading mysteries (silly me). But at one point I just noticed that I was reading so many bad mysteries! I’m gonna blame B.A. Paris for this, because I read Behind Closed Doors and I LOVED IT. But after that I actually never read anything better than just decent in the mystery genre. Sorry mystery, it’s not you it’s me… She actually TRICKED ME into believing I loved mysteries!
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
This book is just everything I don’t like about mysteries combined. It’s depressing, they always say it’s a thriller (but it never is) and after you finished the book you don’t believe that their are decent human beings left on this plannet.
District VIII – Adam Lebor
This book wasn’t a bad book. I just couldn’t get into it. It was a story about a immigrant who was found dead. I think it was decently written and the story was also good. It just couldn’t keep my attention and I honestly read it one page at a time and after a month I just decided it wasn’t for me.
5. The Reread
Although I can really enjoy rereading books. 2017 definitely wasn’t the year for that!
Eragon – Christopher Paolini
This is normally one of my all time favourites, and I read it many times and it was a couple of years ago since I last read it, so i decided to reread it. For some reason I just always read a different book and after a while I just gave up. Maybe next year!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
The reasone I didn’t finish this one is probably because I read it in French. I live in Belgium (the official languages here are Dutch, French and German) and my French nearly isn’t as good as it should be. So I decided I was going to practice it by reading Harry Potter, but since it wasn’t the year of the rereads it didn’t work out!
6. The Classic
1984 – George Orwell
Every year I make the same exact mistake and try to read a classic! I never learn from my mistakes! I don’t like them and I will never like them why don’t I learn from my mistakes?? I did like Animal Farm (but we had to read that one for school, so I don’t know if I would have actually made it until the end if it hadn’t been obligatory). I’m going to try again in 2018. I’m going to try the Pop Sugar Rush Reading Challenge (again, I stopped half way trough in 2017). Maybe I’ll finish it this year!
The worst part is that I bought several classics a couple of weeks ago… (At least it where secondhand books so it costed me only around 5 euro or so)
7. The Accidental Request
This is something I know a lot of book reviewers will recognise! Sometimes I get an e-mail from Netgalley with the message that I’ve been approved to read a book that I requested (Dance Party). But, then I look at the title and I think; what on earth did I request?!
I always give those book a try. I feel so bad most of the time that I try to like them more than if I would actually remember why I requested them. I fail most of them time and it always, without exeption, takes me several weeks to come to the point where I sent a message to excuse me for not being able to
Look For Me – Lisa Gardner
This book looked really interesting and I requested it, after me request got accepted I wanted to add it on Goodreads and noticed it was book number 9(!!) in the detective D.D. Warren series. So I decided it wouldn’t be the best idea to read it. Looking back I think I wouldn’t have really liked the book because I really don’t enjoy reading police mysteries so maybe it was for the better!
8. The Boring Book
This is the type of book that isn’t nessecarly bad, but it’s just soooo boring. I’m blaming The Popsugar Reading challenges for this!! I tried do do this and around 50% I really had to start looking for books I could use for some points! Their group on Goodreads requested a lot of books, but they were all sooooo boring. So Nope, I’m not doing that one in 2018!
The Fifth of July – Kelly Simmons
Confession: Sometimes when I read boring books I think: “This is such a mom book”. This was one of those mom books. I know I shouldn’t put labels on people. But I just imagine this book being read by people like my mom.
I expected it to be like a Liane Moriarty book, but it was a really slow family drama and I got immensely bored after 80 pages or so.
Letters From Skye – Jessica Brockmole
I was doing a summer job and during my breaks there often wasn’t anyone around with whom I could eat so I often read a book. Really this book made me fall asleep! I actually liked working more than reading this book because nothing happened and the letters cancelled out all imagination.
A Man Called Ove – Frederik Backman
I didn’t make it far at all in this book. It wasn’t a bad book, an old grumpy man with a not so interesting life apparently isn’t able to hold my attention for very long.
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
I tried so hard to read this book but I failed miserably. I zoned out quite a lot while reading this and after a while it was just too hard to understand the story because I had accidentally skipped so much. I even tried reading a summary online of the parts I forgot but it didn’t really work and I really didn’t want to start all over. I’m just going to give it a break for a while and try again in a couple of months because I liked all Ilona Andrew’s previous books so much!
9. The “Not in the Mood” Book
It happens to many times that I start a book and after 2 chapters just decide that I just don’t feel like that book right now
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Apparently one of the best adult fantasy books ever written, and I actually liked what I was reading. But after a few chapters I suddenly decided that I was more in the mood for something Young Adult with just a hint of romance. Yup, definitely not this book. So it ended on the back of my currently reading list and after some time I just decided that I would have to save it for an other time! I truly hope I will once find the
courage time to read this.
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer
A couple of days after finishing cinder I started reading Scarlet (and what I read so far made me really like this new character!). But I think I should have waited a little bit longer because I always grabbed other books and after a while I just needed to face it and I stopped reading in Scarlet.
10. The Audio Book Gone Bad
I’m a big fan of audio books and I finish one at least once a month. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out. I need some sort of connection with the voice that is reading the book. Maybe it sounds absurd but I can decide t
Carve The Mark – Veronica Roth
This book was completely impossible to follow for me on audio book. I was completely lost after 2 chapters. I didn’t understand what was happening, I was confusing all the characters and the story made no sense. I don’t think the story is that complicated (the summary made it sound like an average not so complicated YA), the audio book made it just too complicated.
His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) – Naomi Novik
This audio book was really bad quality, it was like listening to a radio broadcast from the 1950’s and the guy who read the book sounded like he was 90 years old. I couldn’t handle it and gave up after 5 minutes. This obviously is a book I’m going to give another chance, just not as an audio book!
Thank you so much for reading my post!
QUESTION: Are there any books on my list that I should give a second chance in 2018?