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)?

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