Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is the last ten books I abandoned (this can mean DNF, books I decided I was no longer interested in, or books that I gave away to friends). Honestly, over the years I’ve gotten better at being more selective about the books I’m going to read / buy – but every now and again, I end up with a truly bad book. In that case, I either DNF or give it to friends or a thrift shop. Here are the last ten that I’ve gotten rid of.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Book Cover

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Book CoverBook hangovers: that experience where you put a book down, but you can’t stop thinking about it for days, and you find yourself reluctant to start another book afterwards. This book was the first book in a long time that gave me a proper book hangover. It’s dark, it’s romantic, and it’s emotionally draining – and I loved it. Me Before You is the grown-up version of The Fault in Our Stars and is what Nicholas Sparks’ books aspire to be. It handles people with disabilities with respect and careful research and highlights the struggles and injustices they face.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

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Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Photo of the book Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Photo of the book Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

I’ve been on a kick of revisiting young adult contemporary’s that came out around the time I was in high school and middle school. I’ve reread some Sarah Dessen books, a few Rainbow Rowell books, and a few newer YA contemporaries that came out after I was in high school. With this nostalgia kick I have going I decided to pick up a book that I have had on my shelf since middle school. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt had a certain sense of appeal to me it seemed to promise decent levels of angst as well as a fun road trip. What I wasn’t expecting were vile, sexist characters and an overdrawn plot.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney—for a girl he met on the Internet. It’s too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney’s heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days.

La la la—this is Courtney pretending not to care. But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he’s got a secret or two that he’s not telling Courtney. And his secrets have everything to do with why they broke up, why they can’t get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

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