Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested in Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.  Every week, I list ten answers that correlate to the topic question.  This week’s topic is centered around books that I have decided I’m no longer interested in reading. Here’s my top ten!


  1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Claire

I read the first 4 and a half books in the series. I read the first 3 as a college student and loved them. And the series was meant to be a trilogy. BUT the author decided to go for three more and I think that was a mistake. It was just perfect the way it was!!!! The 4th book left me shocked, extremely anger, and frustrated. I got half way through the 5th and called it bull. I have no interest in finishing them. I had a friend who was reading them with me and she gave me the jist of how it ended. For me, I just couldn’t get over my own frustration with how the plot went that I feel it was not worth finishing.


2. Jane Hawk by Dean Koontz

I fell in love with Koontz’s writing last year. It is absolutely beautiful! I could read and read and read. I got the 2nd Jane Hawk book from NetGalley unknowing that it was the second book in the series. So I went to the library and got the first one. It was awful. The plot and action was boring, the story dragged, and I just didn’t really see the point. I will probably read the 2nd since it’s from NetGalley, but I do not plan on reading the anticipated 3rd book.


3. Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson

Honestly, I cannot seem to get myself into James Patterson no matter how hard I try. I have most of his book son my Kindle, and I’ve only ever finished one. I got up to the fourth book of the Women’s Murder Club series thanks to audiobooks. The characters just seem forced and I get frustrated with stupid characters very easily. Of course in this instance, it might have been the narrator of the audiobook this time. Either way, I don’t plan on continuing.


4. House of Night by PC Cast

A friend of mine from work let me borrow her books. I got a few books into the series, but by then the vampire hype just wore off. And it was set in high school with drama and all that. I wasn’t really into it. But I did enjoy the cute little kitten.


5. Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

Another James Patterson gets put on this list. But this is the single novel in the Alex Cross series. I didn’t even make it through the first book. It was just slow-paced and quite frankly boring. A penpal friend sent me one of his stand alone books, so hopefully that one will be better.


6. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Oh. My. Word. How this book won an award I have no freaking clue. I couldn’t even make it past the first chapter. It was a DNF book for me, and I don’t take that lightly. It just went on and on and didn’t seem to say anything worth reading. And the constant reference to a sick box. . . Ugh.


7. LaRose by Louise Erdrich

This was a little on the crazy side. From what I could tell, a man accidentally killed the son of another family in a hunting accident. To make amends they offer their son in exchange for the dead one. This was another slow and boring book. I still didn’t see a point to it. It was another DNF for me.


8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This book was probably my very first DNF. It was repetitive, all the names were the same, and full of incest. Not my type of read.


9. The Royal We by Heather Cocks

I obviously am on a DNF roll. I know a lot of people who enjoyed this, especially after Kate and William got married. Foe me, it contained too much drama and the female MC did not express enough love for my tastes.


10. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

DNF. Reminded me of The After Party but in modern times. The whole plot just wasn’t grabbing my attentions.


So that’s my top ten! Do you have any books that you never finished?

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested in Reading

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  1. Hi Brittany,

    Just happened to see your post, and a comment did come to mind. A lot of the mystery books you mentioned are probably ghost written by a stable of writers who have to recycle stories with specific guidelines, one of which is that the intellectual content can’t go beyond an eighth grade level. This ensures that people in this country, or poverty stricken countries, who can read basic grammar can consistently follow the plot, and will be more inclined to buy the next novel. What you’re reading
    is TV on paper, and all the intellectual curiosity is done for you. The plot and the subtext are just bonehead stuff that everyone already knows on a soap opera level. Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mysteries are written the same way, and the authors names are all pen names. You could have the same author writing with five different pen names, but
    the kids and parents don’t know that. They think they’re reading a new book by a new author.

    Have fun with the comment,

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    1. I had a conversation about this very thing not too long ago! A lot of people I know really enjoy James Patterson books, but I could never read more than a few of them. I safely assume it is because most of his novels are a simple outline and another person ghost writes to flesh it out.
      I tend to enjoy more novels that leave me reflecting on the text. I feel connected and moved by what was written.
      Now that you mention it, I have read less mysteries over the past year and a half than I have in a long while. I don’t enjoy them nearly as much as I used to. That could be due to myself maturing as a reader, or what is being produced is just not quality work. I honestly have not found a mystery that I truly enjoyed or would classify as original.
      Thanks for the thought-provoking comment!


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