Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is the last 10 books that I abandoned. A lot of readers struggled to DNF a book to remove a book from their TBR. In the past, I was one of those readers 🙋. After last year where I struggled through a MAJOR reading slump, I’ve become more inclined to drop a book if I’m not interested in favor of a book that I feel good about reading. Now, it is time to visit my Kindle graveyard of unfinished books. Here are the last 9 books that I abandoned:
- American Panda by Gloria Chao
If you have seen my Currently Reading on Goodreads for the past year, American Panda has probably been on it for that long. I got about 40% of the way through American Panda…. then I never picked it up again. Initially, I was excited for this book because few young adult novels venture into college territory. That being said, this book read like every other young adult novel that I’ve ever read and I didn’t feel motivated to continue the story. While I hope to finish this book one day, which is why I keep it on my currently reading on Goodreads, I’m not sure that I ever will.
American Panda follows Mei, who starts college early on the track to become a doctor as a result of pressure from her parents. However, on her own, Mei may choose a different path.
- Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
There was so much hype for this book online that I decided to purchase it when it appeared as a Kindle deal. Like with American Panda, I made it about 40% through the book. Unlike American Panda where I didn’t necessarily like it or dislike it, I wasn’t not liking this book at all. I found the characters to be completely inconsistent, bouncing from loving each other one minute to completely despising each other the next without rhyme or reason. Like with American Panda, I want to finish this book because I’m about halfway done, but I really don’t think I can finish this one.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown follows Chloe who creates a “get a life” list after a near-death experience.
- Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee
This is another book that I purchased as a Kindle deal. I didn’t know much about this book when I purchased it, but it seemed like a fun contemporary which is right up my alley. Additionally, before all sports were called off, I wanted to get more into baseball this year. Like with American Panda, this book just read like many other YA books. Nothing stood out to me which would convince me to keep reading.
Out of Left Field follows Marnie, who trains with her boy best friend to take his place on the baseball team after his season-ending injury.
- The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
I read two books by this author back in high school and I enjoyed them. However, when I have tried to read her most recent releases, the stories haven’t grabbed me. With The Fountains of Silence, I have requested this book so many times from the library… just for two weeks to pass without picking it up. While I’ve heard great reviews for this book, historical fiction is one of my least read genres, so I have to be in a very specific mood to read it.
The Fountains of Silence follows Daniel, an aspiring photographer, who meets a girl and her family still grappling with the effects of the Spanish Civil War.
- The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken
I started to read this book through my local library’s online collection after I was craving more fantasy. I got about 14% through this book before I put it down. I was incredibly confused at the get go about what was going on in the story and whose point of view I was following. Since I didn’t buy this book, I don’t feel like I need to read this book even though I started it, so this is one book on my list that is definitely abandoned.
The Blacksmith Queen follows Keely, a blacksmith caught in the middle of a war.
- I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
I’ve tried to read a few books by Maurene Goo, but I just can’t get into them. I know that a lot of people enjoy her books, and when I read the synopsis, I am really interested. In this particular book, which I almost made it halfway through, I remember that it really bothered me that this main character who readers are told is very smart and put-together completely loses all of her sensibilities when a guy shows her attention.
I Believe in a Thing Called Love follows Desi Lee who uses inspiration from Korean dramas to get her first boyfriend.
- A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
After reading Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary books, I was excited to read a book in a different genre by her. Like with many of the books on this list, I got about halfway through before I abandoned it. This was a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and for me, I have read many retellings of this story that I enjoyed much more.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely follows modern-day Harper who ends up in a fantasy world under a curse. There, she meets Prince Rhen who must reverse the curse by his eighteenth birthday in order to save his kingdom.
- Stay with Me by Mila Gray
This was another book that I picked up on a whim as a Kindle daily deal. I’m not a huge fan of books that strictly deal with difficult topics and I tend to gravitate towards more light-hearted contemporaries, which is probably why I abandoned this book.
Stay With Me follows Didi who interns at a military hospital and becomes drawn towards Noel, who was wounded during his service in an attack that left several of his fellow soldiers dead.
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Salt to the Sea is another book by Ruta Sepetys on this list. Unlike The Fountains of Silence, I did actually start to read this one, but put it down. In Salt to the Sea there are several points of view, which I struggled to keep track of due to the opening of the story. I understand why Ruta Sepetys shifted perspectives so frequently in the beginning because it shows the chaos and confusion that the characters face as they escape their dire situations. At the same time, I was so confused that I just couldn’t push forward.
Salt to the Sea follows several characters as they flee to the ill-fated Wilhelm Gustloff in order to escape the Soviet Army during World War II.
What books have you recently abandoned?
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