September 5: Top Ten Books I’ve Struggled To Get Into
Without question, I am a mood reader. If I’m not immediately gripped by a book I put it in the ever-expanding pile by the side of my bed and move on, with the intention of continuing at a later date. As a result, at the present time I am “currently reading” twenty-five books. Insanity. In all honesty, this TTT prompt came at the perfect time, as I am determined to make a concerted effort to reduce the Leaning Tower of Pisa style pile. In order when I began reading said twenty-five books (thank you Goodreads), the Top Ten Books I’ve Struggled To Get Into are:
1. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
I picked this up on both recommendation from a friend, and the fact that it was a Waterstones Book of the Month. I enjoyed the first 50 pages; it felt very mysterious, but I then lost interest as the plot was too slow moving.
2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I adored A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first in the series, but I’ve been in a bit of an anti-fantasy reading mood over the past year or so, and as a result this has fallen by the wayside (however, I intend to pick it up when the mood strikes).
3. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Despite loving all things Disney and Once Upon A Time-esque, this feels absurdly juvenile and I am finding real difficulty in plodding through the pages.
4. How To Find Your (First) Husband by Rosie Blake
How is it possible for a contemporary to be as dull as this one? It’s predictable and so slow I feel like throwing my Kindle out of the window every time I try to read it.
5. No Holding Back by Amanda Holden
Despite liking Amanda as an actress, I wasn’t overly enthralled by the start of her memoir, but I would expect that when I feel like reading an autobiography, I will ultimately enjoy it.
6. The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson
I quite enjoy just dipping into these newspaper columns, and I have no doubt that I will continue to do so until Jeremy begins to annoy me (again).
7. How To Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
I love the movie that was based on this book, but the two are completely different. I think I only read 4% on my Kindle before casting it aside.
8. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
The premise of this YA sounded amazing, but it failed to captivate me (my fantasy reading slump probably didn’t help).
9. The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
I love Tom, McFly, his entire family, and Christmas, so in theory I should enjoy this, but when I initially picked it up I wasn’t really in the mood for a children’s novel.
10. Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
The first 50 pages gripped me, but it all went downhill from there. The story is repetitive and slow moving, and it has yet to scare or even unnerve me.
If you were wondering what the other fifteen books I am currently reading are, they are as follows:
11. Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman
12. Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody by Michael Gerber
13. The Martian by Andy Weir
14. Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
15. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen
16. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
17. Life In A Fishbowl by Len Vlandos
18. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
19. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
20. Doing It! by Hannah Witton
21. No Middle Name by Lee Child
22. The Power by Naomi Alderman
23. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
24. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
25. The Fandom by Anna Day
Here’s hoping that I can reduce the pile by the end of 2017!
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