Top 5 Wednesday | Books I Did Not Finish

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You basically get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. Head over to the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of Wednesday-ers if you’re interested in participating!

Today’s topic is “Five Books I Did Not Finish.” I don’t usually leave books unread; I usually boulder on and put myself in a slump. It may not be the best strategy, but I’m weird about it. I can’t put a book on my ‘read’ shelf unless I’ve read the entire thing. It makes me feel like I’m cheating. Conscience, you suck.

In order of how far I got into the book before giving it up. 😀

5. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


I think I only got 50 pages into this before I had to put it down. I guess I wasn’t in the right mood, but I found it very dull. I wasn’t interested in what was going to happen at all. I do think that’s a little harsh, so I might yet give this another go.

4. 1984 by George Orwell


I read over 50% of this, and I was bummed about putting this down. I think it’s wonderfully imaginative, disturbingly dark and a revolutionary among science fiction and dystopian novels. But despite being intrigued by the plot, I wasn’t a fan of how it was written. There was a lot of info-dumping, and it read like an essay rather than a story. I did, however, end up going on Wikipedia to read the rest of the plot just because I was so interested in the substance of the story.

3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James


Um. I think I read about 70% of this before I had to stop. I was flying from New York to Pakistan with my parents, and it’s funny – when I picked it up, I had no idea it was… so… um… pornographic? At first, I could handle sitting between my mother and father and reading this with a straight expression. But when the scenes increased in number and my expression started to resembled this ‘ O_o ‘ more and more, I had to put it down and read something more… appropriate. D:

2. Magonia by Maria Dehvana Headley


Picked this up for the beautiful cover and the Neil Gaiman blurb. Got 85% into it, put it down because I couldn’t handle it anymore. It was too weird. I don’t like birds. They weird me out, so reading a book about birds and their wings and beaks… and uh no.

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth


This is so funny, because I think I was like 50 pages from the end when I gave this up. 50 pages, and I could have moved this to my ‘read’ shelf, but I couldn’t do it. I don’t understand. The premise was absurd, the characters were flat, the writing was dull and uninspiring. I don’t know how I managed to read so much of it.


  1. I wasn’t a fan of Divergent either. Part of me is quite sad about that because it has legions of fans. But, ack! The book, the character’s actions, the society– so full of holes! I did finish it though. Not sure how I feel about that though.

  2. I can not and will not read Fifty Shades of Grey. I also haven’t finished the Divergent Series because someone spoiled it for me and I was kind of mad about the ending. So maybe one day I’ll finish it anyways…Get Top 5! My Top 5

  3. Queen of the Tearling was a bit of a slow-burner, but when you get about halfway through I found that it picked up a bit and I really enjoyed it, as well as its sequel.

  4. I am currently 72% into the Queen of the Tearling and I think it probably was not being in the right mood, because the pace is super slow. It’s not a book that’s gonna hook you in and never let you go right from the beginning. I commend you for at least trying to read 50 shades of Grey, I am never and will never be doing it. I liked Divergent….and then the rest of the books kind of ruined it for me. The last book was just…ugh.

  5. Love your list, Aimal! 1984 will be on my set too! I tried reading and listening to its audiobook but nothing worked. I’ll probably like its movie adaptation (if there is) Ugh classics isn’t for me…. yet?

  6. I also didn’t read love 1984 and and Divergent also made my list because one my first read I didn’t really love it but I did like it after the second read.

  7. Queen of the Tearling also didn’t sit well for me, I don’t know but something was missing, or maybe I was going through a reading slump that time. A lot of people seems to love it though, hehe

  8. Haha-reading 50 SoG while sitting next to your parents?! *cringes*
    Orwell’s 1984 is actually on next to read pile so I’m really hoping that I’ll like it! *fingers crossed*

    Hopefully your next reads will be awesome, Aimal. 🙂

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