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.