Hello, welcome to my first TOP 5 WEDNESDAY, which I’m so excited to start doing because BOOK COMMUNITY and LET’S TALK ABOUT BOOKS.
I am a strong believer in finishing a book. I have read books that I loathed from the first 100 pages, but I just kept going because I have a tiny thought that if I don’t, then the book would have defeated me.
But then there are some where you just can’t.
5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I read Panic by Lauren Oliver once in a summer of unemployment. It was fine, but it wasn’t fantastic. Why I didn’t learn learn my lesson and picked up Delirium, I have no idea. I read around 50 pages, and I don’t think anything happened. The character did things, but things that I didn’t care about – and neither did she. She had no emotion, no voice. It was just boring as, a common reason for DNFs.
4. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson is worshipped in the book community. Booktubers and bloggers across the land praise his Mistborn trilogy as an epic sci-fi that beats all. Some even call him The King of Sci-Fi. Imagine my delight when I saw his new book (at the time) for a £1 in the charity shop down the road? I swiped it up and dove straight in…and closed it again. It’s just an action film in a book. And not a fun, interesting action film, one that Jason Statham would do. One where the female character is just a love interest who’s described as “hot!” and wears tight clothes. Nah, not for me.
3. City of Fallen Angels
Now, if Brandon Sanderson is The King of Sci-Fi, then Cassandra Clare is The Queen
of YA. She’s everywhere, churning out a Shadowhunter book almost every year. For some stupid reason, I read City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass, desperately trying to find this magical thing that made people fall in love. When it got to City of Fallen Angels, I just didn’t care.
Her Infernal Devices trilogy is better, but that’s comparing it to TMI, so it’s not saying much.
2. The Foxhole Court
Now THIS story was one right up my street. There’s nothing like seeing aesthetically pleasing photosets on Tumblr to make you want to read a book. An crime-mystery with an LGBT romance? Yes please.
No, no thank you.
Just a bunch of interchangeable guys talking about a fictional sport and being awful to each other. No romance, apparently I have to read two more books to get to that.
1. Breaking Dawn
It goes without saying, but I have real problems with the Twilight Saga, especially Breaking Dawn, who has a teenage boy fall in love with a baby. Please don’t correct me in the comments, I know it’s not ~~technically~~ love, it’s imprinting, but to me, it was a ridiculous bow on a ridiculous ending. I DNF’d with only about 100 pages left.