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Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Initially Passed Over

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Broke and the Bookish's "technical" theme for this week is: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book. 

So, I put a little spin on it. Last week I talked about my Top Ten Reasons I Pick Up a Book. This week...I am going to share with you TEN books that I initially passed over (or simply put off reading for FAR too long) and tell you WHY. Many of these books have gone on to be a part of my FOREVER FAVORITE shelf. And they have embedded themselves into my very soul.

Penned in Time Series - Pepper Basham
If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you will be familiar with my rating system. (If not you can check it out HERE.) I ended up falling so in love with Pepper's second book in this series, that I HAD to come up with a 6 star rating worthy of the book. However, I had The Thorn Keeper in my possession for about EIGHT MONTHS before I finally read it. Do you want to know why I put it off the series for so long? Pepper was a new author to me. And I LOVE discovering new authors, but sometimes, they are the ones pushed to the back of the pile! (Please don't ask if I have read A Twist of Faith yet...I am ashamed of my answer,) Read my review HERE.

The Lady and the Lionheart - Joanne Bischof
Other than the fact that Joanne was a new to me author, I had a few reasons for continuing to put off reading this one. One of the top reasons though, YOU CAN ONLY READ A BOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME...ONCE! I didn't want that magic to end. I DID FINALLY read it when my friend MAILED it to me and said READ IT NOW!!! be honest...I am so very glad I did. Because, guess what? Yup...Another 6 star rating! Read my review HERE.

The Governess of Highland Hall - Carrie Turansky
I ADORE Edwardian period books. Roseanna M. White's are among my favorites. But When I started blogging, I missed the chance to review book one in the series...And I tend to be weird about reading books out of order. SO I waited...And waited...And waited. UNTIL...Carrie Turansky contacted me and ended up arranging for me to take her to the grocery store in Nashville last summer at the beginning of CFRR. I thought, "OH NO! I am going to be conversing with her and driving her around. HOW EMBARRASSING would it be if I hadn't read ANY of her books???" SO...I read it...and LOVED it! Read my review HERE.

The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer
Young Adult Fiction has a certain appeal to me. And I LOVE it! (One reason I applied to be a judge for the Young Adult section of the INSPYs award! Find out more HERE.) I had heard nothing but good things about this series. But I knew, that once I started, I wouldn't want to stop reading. And there are 4 books in the series...Big books...The last one is 827-ish pages long! So when I injured my back earlier this year. I decided to dive in! And ya I was right...I finished the last book a couple weeks ago now. Read my review HERE.

Finders Keepers - Sarah Monzon
I have always been a Historical loving girl. Contemporary fiction was something I avoided...Until Sarah dangled this book in front of me. I didn't realise at first that it indeed has a split timeline (downfall of not reading book blurbs). And if you find yourself in a similar place, this book really is great for transitioning. With half the scenes historical and half present day, you can get a taste for the contemporary side without completely abandoning the historical. Read my review HERE.

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder - Rachel McMillan
Although the cover was AMAZING. Rachel was a debut author, and I was just beginning to navigate the waters of the bookish realm a little bit better and had NOOOOOOOOO idea who she was. I am glad I threw my lot in with Herringford & Watts after I read Annie's review over on Just Commonly. This series is SO MUCH FUN!!! I adore Rachel and can't WAIT to meet her in person this summer!  Read my review HERE.

The Lost Girl of Astor Street - Stephanie Morrill
I told you WHY I picked this book up last week (Author Rachel McMillan's amazing review...No I am not stalking her....), but I didn't tell you why I neglected pick it up sooner. The suspense/mystery aspect. Now I admit the suspense was probably not all that intense for most people. But I have a hard time with murder type books. BUT....I LOVED THIS ONE!!! Read my review HERE.

Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
My best friend recommended this series to me and while I was interested in it...I didn't think I would like it as much as I did! OH.MY.GOODNESS!!! I don't remember my life before "barking spiders" and "clever boots". Scott Westerfeld melded history and steampunk with what I guess is sci-fi and turned it into an INCREDIBLE series! Full of REAL people who actually lived...But in this imagined, alternate turns into something new, enticing, addicting! (Can I please have a pet Loris now?) Read my review HERE.

Matefinder - Leia Stone
So...I REALLY like vampire/werewolf stories. (You are probably thinking about how I said above I don't like murder stuff...ya...don't try to understand my brain...I don't even know how it works.) I DO need to be in the right mood for these types of books though. I had Matefinder in my possession for about a year before I finally read it. And guess what...It was really good! 
Read my review HERE.

I have SO many books that I want to read. SO many authors to discover. Genres that I really want to taste a little more of. But gosh dang it...There just aren't enough hours in the day! I mean...who needs to eat...and sleep? What IS THAT??? But seriously...Between raising two rambunctious boys...keeping house...remodelling projects...and LIFE...I DO have to pick and choose. I am SLOWLY making my way through my TBR island when I have the chance. But I was born with a TBR that I will never finish!  

What about YOU? What are some reasons you pass up a book (at least initially)?


  1. Great post! Time is definitely a big reason why I pass up on books. I really wish I had more of it! And I totally identify with the whole 'You can only read a book for the first time once.' How silly is it that you wait and wait for a book, and then you put off reading it once you actually get it because then you won't have it to look forward to anymore?!

    And loved your story about Carrie Turansky's book! 😆

    1. Right???? TIIIIIIIME!!!! I need a time turner or something!

  2. I put off Cinder for ages because I didn't like the cover, but when I read it I loved it.
    Definitely wish I had more time for reading too.
    Cora |

    1. Haha! I think Scarlet is my favorite book of the series...

  3. What a great twist on the topic! This has happened to be before too. I put off reading book, unsure I would like it and then once I read it, I love it. You've got some great titles here. I really want to read Cinder--it's more delay because I'm worried the hype has gotten to me than lack of interest though. I made a promise to myself though that I will read it this year. The Lost Girl of Astor Street sounds really good! And I'm right there with you on lack of time to read.

    Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you do like Cinder! It is a really good series IMO. And The Lost Girl of Astor Street....OOOOH! HAPPY READING!!!

  4. ahhhh i love!! yay! Now... about A Twist of Faith ;)

  5. yes yes yes, #'s 3 and 10!!! i won a copy (print even) of Varina Denman's Jilted, the third book in her Mended Hearts series - i had to buy Jaded and Justified and read them in order! (and i loved them!)
    ps - how DOES a new-to-you author get on your radar.... ;-)

    1. Great question...There are a variety of ways...through my fellow bloggers reviews, publishing house new release catalog, author promotion. Some just stick out to me a little more.

  6. Most of my reason is Time. Everything looks good and I have a Huge TBR list! I also like to read books in a series together as a rule. But some of my favorite authors I just read the next one when they come out. Oh yes, I win quite a few books-- so if they are safe on my REAL shelf... I just have to put others on hold at the library and then... when they become available for pickup I'm racing to read those before I can't renew them anymore!
    Whew! I need to finish a book by tomorrow, bye!

  7. GREAT POST!!!! These all sound fabulous.....Cinder is awesome! Thanks for sharing. As for me....I put them off simply because I have SO many others in the pile that it takes forever to get to them!

  8. I love your twist on this week's topic!
    My TTT:

  9. This was a fun post, and it was a treat to read your thoughts about The Governess of Highland Hall!

  10. Good to know! Of course, I love Sarah's books and The Lady and the Lion Heart! As a former young adult librarian, I used to really enjoy the YA (CLEAN ONES). I liked Scott Westerfield's Uglies series. I was very intrigued by the Cinder cover and blurb, but sadly haven't had time to read near as much since I started writing :(

    1. I haven't read Uglies yet! Leviathan was AMAZING though!

    2. I haven't read Cinder because I can't get past the whole part robot thing, but I have read Uglies & Pretties. I stopped part way through Specials, though. I remember being so frustrated with a choice of the main character that I just lost interest in reading further.


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