Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't


Honestly, I wish I considered putting down books more often. It’s rare for me to DNF a book. Sometimes this works in my favor, like in the cases of the books I’m about to share with y’all, and sometimes it doesn’t and I just wasted precious hours of my life.

Today we’re talking about the times when I’ve stuck it out and it’s paid off… So let’s  get started!


1. Outlander – I know, right?! I almost put down book one of my favorite series ever. Crazyness… But those first 100 pages or so were not the most grabbing. It’s after she crosses those stones that things get super interesting fast!

2. Stolen – This is the second book in the Women of the Otherworld series. When I first read the first, Bitten, I was hooked. I wanted to read more about these characters! Realizing that Kelley Armstrong was expanding on that world with Stolen, and wouldn’t just focus on the characters in Bitten, kind of let me down at first… But I kept on with the story and by the end I wanted to know about ALLLL the characters, this world, and MORE!

3. Dark Lover – I must admit that Wrath isn’t what made me devour this series. At first, he irritated me so much I wanted to put it down…but then Brother after Brother, I fell for them. It’s the cast of Brothers that really made me continue this series.


4. Embrace – Another thing I didn’t need was another cheesy angel series. I thought this series would be one of those, and even this book didn’t have me convinced. I liked it well enough, but I wasn’t sold. Violet got on my nerves enough that I wanted to give up on her… But one of my twitter followers who’d read the series in Australia, where it’d been out longer, convinced me that it got better. And OH EM GEE was it true!! HIGHLY recommend it! (My Review)

5. Glass Houses – The main reason I almost put this book down were the female characters. I found them sort of annoying at first. Had this and the next book not been so short, I probably would’ve stopped at this one, but I’m so glad I didn’t because, not only do I end up loving the main character Claire, it’s turned into one of my favorite vampires series.

6. The Iron King – Here’s another example of where I found the female character annoying. But the world and Prince Ash kept me from putting this book down and in the end, Megan showed such great growth that I love her now. :) (My Review)

7. City of Bones – I picked this book up after binge reading the Twilight series and seeing Meyer’s blurb on the cover. But I could not get into it at first! Coming off the Twilight high (yeah, it gave me a high because it was the first series I’d read in full since I was 12!) I wanted that same Bella and Edward kind of love right off the bat. But as we know Clary and Jace’s romance takes a little longer to build up. So I wanted to put it down because it wasn’t like Twilight. There, sue me. I didn’t know better!!


8. Starcrossed – This book starts out kind of weird…some girl attacking a boy who she instantly has hateful feelings for out of nowhere. We don’t know why! I was like W.T.F?! So I almost gave up on it then…but I’m cursed with wanting to know why things happen sometimes, so I kept reading…and by then end I was totally into it!! It’s all explained pretty early on, but there’s mystery in their starcrossed love that I found really cool and different. :) (My Review)

9. Obsidian – The biggest problem I had with this book, and the reason I wanted to put it way down, is that it has so many Twilight parallels!! I can’t even get into it without ranting, but it does! I’m not the only one who thinks so either. Also? You know how on a lot of these the girls got on my nerves? Well in this one, Daemon…well, to put it mildly, I HATED HIM. HAAATED. He was such a jerk!! And I didn’t think he was redeemed by the end. But again I was convinced to keep reading, that it would get better, that Daemon got better…and gosh darn!! I tried to continue hating when reading the second book, you guys, I really did. But it’s impossible. And the story DOES get better. (My Review)

10. Forget You – If you’ve read this book, you probably get why this might be on this list. Yup, it’s because of Zoey. I wanted to give up on this book because she frustrated the crap out of me. Check out my review for more ranty details!



Jess @ Gone with the Words

14 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t”

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    Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I changed my TTT up a bit, but Obsidian made my list too. For the longest time I stayed clear of it, but I’m glad I ultimately gave it a try. The only other book I’ve read on your list is Outlander – just the first two books though. I haven’t really liked what I’ve heard about later books in the series, so I sort of gave up. :/

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    I’ve had a number of people recommend Outlander to me, since I adore superlong books and historicals, though I’m a bit off-put by all the hype and popularity. Usually it goes badly when I try to read a really hyped book, though once in awhile I do agree with the crowd.

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    Sara @ Just Another Story

    Oh, Outlander… that book was a monster. Truth be told, I never considered not finishing it, I am however, a little nervous about going into the rest of the series. I also almost didn’t finish Obsidian- I hated everything about the book. Daemon, the girl (whose name I cannot remember), all of it *angry sigh*. Haha.

    Great list!

    ~Sara @ Just Another Story

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    Chrissi Reads

    I have Obsidian on my TBR pile, but I haven’t managed to get around to it yet. I wonder if I will feel the same way as you and many others. I agree with you about Outlander, it took me a while to get into, but I’m glad I read it!

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    Abby @ Enthralling Reads

    Can I just say that everytime I visit your blog I involuntarily gasp???
    I really liked the first two books in The Iron Fey series, but I am having a hard time with the third book. I am still lukewarm with Meghan, and I am still in pain because of this love triangle (OMG PUCK HUHU)

    It’s like the first time I heard someone almost (put down) a book from her fave series. But glad to know that it still remained as one of your fave series!! :D

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    Obsedian & Forget You are sitting on my shelf to read. My 1st experience with Armentrout wasn’t WINNING for me, but I finally picked up the book all the raves are about. But that bad taste is still in my mouth. I’ll get to it soonish.

    *gasp Outlander*

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    In that list I’ve only read TMI (City of bones), outlander, obsidian. I honestly liked City of bones to twilight (I didn’t like twi and that was my DNF *ducks flying objects* and wasn’t a fan). Initially my issue with it came with the extension. Outlander yeah tough cookie (I thought GoT was hard). Obsidian was ok just cause I laughed a lot and its JLA. I’m an Echols fan Forget you was a TBR but every time I open it it just deflates.

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    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I tend to get annoyed with female characters pretty regularly as well. They act like children so often! I’ve been trying to read Outlander for years but have yet to get past thinking about it. It’s rare for me to DNF as well but I’m trying to get better at it. There’s just too many good books out there to waste time with the bad ones!

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    Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    It’s actually really easy for be to DNF a book, so I really struggled with this list. I know what you mean about Daemon – he is such a jerk in Obsidian, but he got so much better and now I totally love him!!!

    I actually got into City of Bones pretty quickly. BUT I had a hard time starting the second book because I did not care for the little twist at the end regarding Clary and Jace. But I’m glad I did. :)

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    Lety @ Gone With The Words

    I remember you let me borrow Dark Lover and I got about 20 pages in and returned it to you LOL I might need to go back and give that series a shot (I know how much you rave about it)… I also struggled with The Iron Fey series but for me it was The Iron Knight, by the time I got to that one I think I was over it and I never finished it LOL It was also hard for me to get through City of Bones there was just description overkill and too many creatures for me to keep up with… truth be told I haven’t read past the third book in that series… but I know I should keep reading… maybe one day… good post friend! <3

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    Great list! I love BDB and I really want to read Glass Houses. I feel like there are some that start out slow but once you reach a certain point, it’s like – I CAN”T BELIEVE THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!

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