Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The Last Ten Books I Abandoned.
This topic was submitted by Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza!
- “The Dark Lady’s Mask” by Mary Sharratt – alternative history about Shakespeare? Blasphemy! No way am I going to accept this premise. Sorry I even bothered. However, this didn’t stop me from reading her subsequent novel, Ecstasy, which I really liked.
- “The Summer that Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel – I haven’t a clue why I even asked for this one because it’s a fantasy story about inviting the Devil to town – nope.
- “The Pearl and the Carnelian” by Annabel Fielding – what can I say about this book… well… my impression of this one was… to be honest, waffle, waffle, waffle, bored, goodbye! Too bad, because it was really my type of book. Historical fiction, strong female protagonist, between the two World Wars, England, and a really beautiful cover. <Sigh!>
- “Belgravia” by Julian Fellows – oh, how I wanted to love this. I loved the Downton Abbey TV series. But the big difference between that and this – at least Downton had poor people along with the wealthy. I just can’t get excited about rich and privileged peoples’ troubles. My husband actually loved this book and he recommended it to me – sorry, darling! (However, I will watch the TV show when it comes on.)
- “Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan” by Ruth Gilligan – the contemporary parts were good, but the historical parts were so full of jargon and slang, not all in English, that I was lost, not understanding what was going on.
- “The Impossible Fortress” by Jason Rekulak – aside from some historical/chronological errors, the idea of petty crime and (even soft core) porn just didn’t sit well with me, especially if 16-year-old boys read this today and think this might be cool!
- “The Fortunate Ones” by Ellen Umansky – I should have loved this but I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters.
- “Everything Belongs to Us” by Yoojin Grace Wuertz – social injustice should have grabbed me but again, the characters weren’t sympathetic enough for me to care about them, so I gave up.
- “Returning” by Yael Shahar – I thought this was supposed to be fiction, but it certainly didn’t feel like it was. In fact, it read like a book about spirituality and religion, and that’s just not for me. I cannot stand preachy books, even if it is my own religion (or maybe especially because it was).
- “Murder in the City of Liberty” by Rachel McMillan – maybe if I had read the first book in the series, I wouldn’t have been so confused by this second installment. However, the romantic angst between the two protagonists was painful to witness, and the opening scene was so confusing, I couldn’t figure out who was where and doing what. Plus, I know Chicago and that opening scene was just factually wrong.
Have you read any of these books and loved them? If so, I’m glad you did. As they say, no two people read the same book, right?
Do any of these books sound good to you despite my DNF epitaph? If so, I’ve left you links (affiliate) to find them on Amazon.