Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down But Did Not

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Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Did Not

1. Scarlet (Scarlet #1) by A.C. Gaughen

I did put this one down when I first started reading it on Kindle. I just couldn't take the dialect. I read so many great reviews about the heroine that I decided to pick it up on Audible. I ended up loving the book, and immediately buying and also loving the sequel, Lady Thief.

2. The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

This one has a really slow and slightly confusing start, and I almost put it down about a quarter of the way in. By the time that I got to a little over half, though, I was loving it. I then read the rest of the series in quick order.

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch

This is another book that started out pretty slow. I, of course, ended up loving it. It is often described as part Ocean's Eleven, which is a pretty accurate description. It even has the same type of cocky humor as that movie.

4. Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I was about a third or so through this one before it had to go back to the library. When I kept seeing such rave reviews about this book and Sanderson, I decided to give it another try. Once you get past the really slow, info-dumping beginning, this book is amazing.

5. Cold Magic (Spirtwalker #1) by Kate Elliott

Another slow start - seems to be a theme with me and fantasy, huh?

6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This is actually a case of almost didn’t pick up. I HATED the way that Stiefvater ended The Wolves of Mercy Falls series in Forever. Even though I loved the first book and the way that Stiefvater wrote, I just didn’t trust her to end a story well after the last. She renewed my faith with The Scorpio Races.

7. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

This book jumps around from past to present, and I think that a lot of the beginning of the book which deals in the present could have been omitted. Actually, I think just a lot of these books isn’t needed. But they are quite good, if you’re in the mood for a very slow epic fantasy.

8. Summon the Keeper (Keeper Chronicles #1) by Tanya Huff

The main problems with this book are related to the romance. First, there is a love triangle, ugh. Then, the romance scenes are just pretty awful. I really wish that this one would have had all the romance removed and it would have been a very high 4 star book.

9. Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1) by Stacia Kane

This is more of a series that I continued on in instead of stopping after book one. Chess Putnam is the most annoying heroine I have ever read. She's so weak and whiny, and the narrator just made her voice even more whiny. But, I know I could never read the books instead of listening to them, because there is a lot of dialect. Terrible, the anti-hero, is what makes this series, though. If not for him, I don't think I would have made it through Unholy Ghosts, let alone all the way through the fourth book.

10. White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black

This is another series that I didn't put down. Book one was just kind of okay for me. But the books just get better and better. The last book, Black Heart, has one of the best trilogy endings I've read. It isn't that anything crazy happens, but it is just a solid ending to the trilogy.

What Books Have You Almost Put Down But Kept on Reading?


  1. The Seven Realms series is one of my favorites!!!

    1. Me too! I'm so glad I stuck with it, because I love it so much. It's one of the books I push on people when they ask for book recommendations. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Ohh I want to read The Seven Realms so bad! Glad to hear it was worth it in the end! Gotta start that series soon!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  3. nice list I want to read 7 realms but haven't found the time


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