Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday - Books I Struggled To Finish

Hello everyone!

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to my very first edition of T5W! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it.

This weeks topic is your top 5 books you struggled to finish, and we all know, I have plenty to choose from. There have been many books that I force myself to finish because I am in denial and feel like there is a slight  chance it could still pick up. Usually, this is not the case though.

So, without further adieu, here are the top 5 books I struggled to finish.

5. Aquifer

I don't really know what it was about this book that made it hard to finish. I picked it up thinking I was really going to love it, but it just fell short of my expectations.

The story was only vaguely interesting and for such a short book, it felt like it drug on and on.

Not a bad book, just not book I would be dying to read.










I think that I would have liked this book better if I was a little bit older. Seeing that it is more of an adult fiction and I am a teenager who usually reads young adult fiction, you can't imagine this going over well. 

I mean some parts were funny and I laughed, but there were some parts that were just awkward and too advanced. I also found it hard to relate to the characters, as they were adults, and the main character Don was working on the "Wife Project," which, getting married is definitely not on my list of priorities right now. 

It wasn't a bad book, just not something I could relate to.



3. Panic

Ahh Panic. I feel like this book is one of those books with so much hype, and it just doesn't stand up to the hype.

I think that my main problem with this book was the characters and the character development. This is a standalone novel and there just isn't enough time to describe the world and the panic games and thoroughly develop each character. 

At the end I felt like I didn't care about the characters and the ending, once I finally got to it, I was disappointed.
You know, its almost sad to say that I spent valuable time struggling to continue this book. I mean, I read the first one and it was okay, nothing amazing, but I knew I would read the second one.

What's even more sad is that I really really REALLY wanted to enjoy this one. I loved the concept but I guess it just boiled down to the fact that this book was over 450 pages and from pages 1 to 400, it was boring! Sure there are things going on, but most of this book is just boringness until the last 50 or so pages where there is a conflict and then FINALLY an end. The end was fine, summed everything up mostly but getting there was a struggle.

I also wasn't a fan of dual perspectives, as the first book was only one and it felt weird. I had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to see who was speaking because they both sounded so similar.

1. Matched

This was by far, the book that I struggled the most to finish. In fact, I don't even think that I finished it.

I feel like there is two camps with book, the loved it camp and the hated it camp. And as much as I hate to say it, I am in the hated it camp. 

I borrowed this book from a friend a year or so back and all I can say is I am SO glad I didn't spend my money on it! I really wanted to like this book but it was just awful.

There was little world building and the love triangle was just nauseating. I love a love triangle but this one was... horrendous. The pacing was awful and if I'm being completely honest, the details given throughout the book were so vague, all I remember is the main character and some dude climbing a hill talking about poetry or writing or something. I don't remember if there is a major event or climax, I didn't make it that far.


So there you have it! The Top 5 books I struggled to finish! See you next week for another T5W!