Top Ten Tuesday – Quit Too Soon?

Posted June 5, 2018 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 28 Comments

It’s taken me a long time to finally be as okay as I am with DNF-ing. It was always a tie between worrying that I wasn’t in the right mood and that it really wasn’t the book’s fault and between simply giving up *right* before it finally got good, of course. Occasionally, there are even instances where I’ve listened to the audiobook and it’s possible it would have gone over a lot better in physical. Those are the ones that really bother me (there are a good number of those).

Honestly, it’s really quite simple: we all read for the enjoyment of reading. If you’re not enjoying yourself then what are you even doing? But despite my new (yet still occasionally rocky) outlook on reading, there are some that I can’t help but wonder if I quit too soon.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black [Purchase]
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh BardugoΒ [Purchase]
Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop [Purchase]
A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet [Purchase]
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity (Constance Verity #1) by A. Lee Martinez [Purchase]

Authority (Southern Reach #2) by Jeff VanderMeer [Purchase]
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #1) by Hilary Mantel [Purchase]
The Lake House by Kate Morton [Purchase]
Rotters by Daniel Kraus [Purchase]
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin [Purchase]

Alright, so are there any on here that you’d like to convince me to give a second chance to? πŸ˜‰



28 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Quit Too Soon?

  1. Snap with Wolf Hall. I think I got about a quarter of the way through before stopping. It was a book group selection so naturally I had doubts about stopping when other people in my book group said it was one of the best books they’d read!

  2. VikiT

    I loved Promise of fire but the rest of the series wasn’t as good also liked Written in red but I can undrestand why someone would DNF it, has quite dry and strange writing and atmosphere.
    Struggled through Winter’s take before the movie came out, what I would give to get that 4 days back, was horrible and the movie wasn’t much better either.

    Planning on reading Six of crows and The cruel prince but the mixed reviews don’t help much.

    Great list!
    My TTT:

  3. So The Cruel Prince…it was an okay read for me but I think I only have it 3/5. I am curious about the next one though. However, I will say it took me over 100 pages to get into it and I talked for DNF’ing it a lot in those first 100 pages. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Written in Red and think everyone should read it so I’m probably no help on that front. If it wasn’t working for you – move on. But man, I secretly think everyone should love it as much as me πŸ™‚

  4. Eve

    Oh I love Six of Crows! I would vote for a 2nd try on this one! I haven’t started the Cruel Prince yet but it is on my TBR

  5. Give Six of Crows and Written in Red another chance. I loved both. I know that it took me a little bit to get into both of them though especially Crows.

  6. The only one here I’ve read is Wolf Hall, which I absolutely loved (and its sequel). The writing definitely took me a while to adapt to, but once I got into it, I thought it was brilliant. As for the Southern Reach books… I couldn’t even really finish book #1 — I ended up skimming the last 30 -40 pages just to see if I cared. I didn’t. A friend keeps insisting that the trilogy is amazing and that I need to give the books another try, but I kind of doubt I ever will.
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  7. I’m honestly so surprised to see Six of Crows on here! And The Cruel Prince. I feel like I hear so much about those. Alas, not everything is for everyone, right? I always feel like we don’t finish things for a certain reason. Either we come back to it, because the first round just wasn’t our time, or we don’t and that’s okay.

    Part of me wants to say to give The Lake House another chance but I’m pretty biased towards that book and Kate Morton’s writing in general. But, I won’t! πŸ˜‰ At least not today. *Slides a copy over to you* kidding. Mostly.

    Great list! It’s always so fascinating to see how everyone’s taste varies.
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  8. I liked The Cruel Prince – didn’t love it. I’m shocked to see Six Of Crows here because I adored it, especially compared to the Grishaverse series which I found only okay in comparison. The others I haven’t read!

    Here’s my TTT πŸ™‚

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