Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Top 5 Books I Didn't Finish

As Always Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. All past topics and the rest of March topics can be found on the Goodreads group page.

1. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
First of all, I have to say, this book has such a beautiful book cover; the colors are just so stunning. Also, the story concept is so unique that I was actually really excited when I picked this book up at my local library. In the end, however, the story fell pretty flat. This book is split up into four different parts that seemingly have nothing to do with each other but an ednless spiral, or something like that. Admittedly, I read three of the four stories and I felt like since they were so separate that I didn't need to read the last one which is the main reason I didn't finish the whole book. 

2. Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer 
I know there are so many people that actually kind of an enjoyed this book, but I couldn't get past the first 150 pages. Again, the concept of the story, the moon getting knocked closer to earth causing world wide disaster, drew me to the book in the first place, but it turned out to be incredibly boring to me. The whole thing was about the world struggling to get itself back together and it became very mundane. 

3. Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) by Stephenie Meyer
UGH. I actually got myself to read the first three books in this series, as well as The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (which was actually my favorite out of all of them) but in the end the story was just getting to ridiculous and frustrating that I couldn't get myself to put in the time and effort that it would take to get through the massive fourth book. 

4. Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad 
 Had to read this book for my AP Literature class in high school and it was the worst book I read all year. For a book that has less than 200 pages, its near impossible to even read that much. I am not even exaggerating, less than half of my class even got half way through it. 

5. Loser by Jerry Spinelli
My eight grade English teacher made me and two other students read this book for a group assignment and not one of us finished it. My mom read it when I told her how much we all thought it was incredibly boring and when she was done she said it was one of the dullest books she has ever read. I was so bad.


  1. The Ghosts of Heaven cover looks so pretty. Sucks that it wasn't as good as the cover haha. I hate English classes with the mandatory reading and the books are just awful! Glad I haven't had to take an English course in years.

    Danica @ A Redheaded Bookworm

    1. Right! Sometimes I feel like English teachers do it on purpose. I mean, there has to be better options.

  2. I had a very hard time reading Heart of Darkness as well. But since it was a recommendation by someone whose opinions on books I trust, I think I'll give it another try. Here are my top 5 DNFs:

    1. You totally should! and if you find the interesting side of it that I couldn't, you have to tell me

  3. I borrowed Life as We Knew It from the library 5+ years ago and found it to be really dull as well. Everyone that I know that has read it seemed to love it though. So I'm relieved I'm not the only one! And I don't think Jerry Spinelli is for me. I read Stargirl years and years ago and didn't seem to enjoy it as much as other people. Great post, Rachael!

    1. YaY! So glad I'm not the only one who feels that way!