Hey everyone! Today I’m doing another Top 5 Tuesday tag which is created by the wonderful Shanah, so go ahead and check out her blog if you haven’t already because it is amazing! So this week’s topic was a little hard because usually when I don’t like a book I DNF it… lol. But luckily I have some sort of perseverance otherwise this post would not be in existence.
The Martian by Andy Weir
See my review here. I read this book a couple years back and it was definitely advanced for my age at the time. The book starts with a swear word, which struck me as slightly unpleasant but mostly interesting considering the context, and I dove in.
This book took me literally 3-5 months to plough my way through. To me it felt like this book was seven hundred pages long, and I was shocked to later find out it was only around 300. Looking back, I don’t know why I found it so hard.
I was going to give up on it just because (perhaps it was my age) I found it so long (it probably was my age) but I finished it and it’s one of my favourite books I love love love it and the movie is also awesome as well.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
See my review here. I started this book two years before I finished it. It didn’t really appeal to me I had a bit of a bad impression of it within the first two chapters and I took it for a sort of weird contemporary and left it.
Then I started it two years after that, pushed my way through and ended up loving it. It does have a feel for contemporary obviously in the modern chapters but the historical/past ones are what I lived for and I loved the ending.
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
See my review here. If you look at the events in this book, it is rather uneventful for a book. That is the truth. But I pushed and ploughed and worked my way through and ta-da I rated it 5 stars. I kind of DNF-ed the Queen of Attolia, but I hope it will end up like this one when I do eventually end up picking it up.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I found the beginning of this so boring. I don’t know why. But then my friend who is very hard to please was raving about it and I had Empire of Storms on hold on OverDrive and I didn’t know what to do with myself so I forced my way through and ended up binge-reading the entire series very quickly after binge-reading the Throne of Glass series.
Literally these two series plunged me into the world of YA fantasy. Without them, I would still be delving through classics (see more about that here).
Divergent by Veronica Roth
When I first started this I was pretty young for this book, I think. I was put off by the violence half-way through and then dropped it. Then a couple years later I picked it up, loved it, and binge-read the trilogy (this was all in the same summer where I binge-read the Throne of Glass series and The Mortal Instruments series) and then watched all the movies as well.
These are the books I almost gave up on but loved! What are yours? Speak soon 🙂