Top Ten Tuesday


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.

  1. Live From New York by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller – This is a non-fiction book all about SNL and how the show came to be, and the juicy behind the scenes details. In books like these, I like an objective account of events, but this was basically just word vomit about two mens obsession with a TV show. Also it is massive.
  2. QWERTY by Barbara Avon – this is seriously one of the worst books I’ve ever read. It’s got insanely bad purple prose and the writing quality is terrible. There is nothing to redeem this book, other than the fact it’s short. It’s one of the few Kindle books that I’ve requested a refund for.
  3. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt – this is the worst YA contemporary I’ve ever read. The characters are sexist and disgusting, and it’s poorly written. I’m not convinced the author has ever met a teenager before. This one went to the thrift shop quickly.
  4. Poets, Artists, and Lovers by Mira Tudor – I can’t really even begin on how bad this one was. Don’t pick it up.
  5. Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie – It was inconsistent and vapid. Not a great mix. I skimmed the last couple of chapters.
  6. Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds – I was borrowing this one from my library and returned it early.
  7. Saving Zoe by Alison Noel – This was another terrible YA contemporary. I ended up giving this one to a friend.
  8. A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – This was one hell of a misogynistic book. I ended up returning my Kindle book and not finishing the last chapter.
  9. The House of Night series by PC Cast – This whole series is terrible. I ended up donating them to a charity book sale after struggling through the first two and DNFing the third
  10. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West – I DNFed this one towards the end and very quickly returned it to the library.

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  1. -Dying at your response to #2 on this list. This the entertainment factor I read 1-star reviews for.

    -I definitely did not have that bad a reaction to Two Way Street, but I just thought it was kind of plain — fine, but I barely remember it beyond my annoyance at wanting to know what the big hidden secret was. I’m surprised she’s as prolific an author as she is.

    -The real question is: is Saving Zoe the book worse than Saving Zoe the Netflix movie?? Having not consumed either, I am full of curiosity.

    1. edit: re my last point, I keep forgetting it is not actually a Netflix original. It just seems like one.

  2. i find that it maes no sense to continue and push through certain books that aren’t grabbing us. I used to force myself to finish books now I just decide to DNF them if they are not worth my time.

  3. I haven’t picked up the House of Night series because I’ve heard so many negative reviews of it. I’m always tempted to because I love vampires but I’m not into paranormal romance anymore so I’m never sure.

  4. I’m mutuals with one of the authors above but I’ve never read any of her work. Considering I want to edit the hell out of the book’s description, I’ll probably pass on the book in question.

    I got Opposite of Always on sale for $1.99 and it sounds good to me. Hopefully I’ll like it better than you. If not, it was only $1.99.

    1. Not a good sign if the description needs edits. I hope you like opposite of always more than I did!

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