TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten books I can’t finish

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Hey everyone! I’m sorry I’ve been absent recently, but I’ve got a LOT of stuff going on in my personal life. Hopefully things will settle down in the next couple of weeks and I’ll have enough energy to blog again… But at the moment, you’ll have to forgive me for the sporadic posting schedule.

With so much going on, I’ve been struggling to read, too. I’m finding it impossible to concentrate on books, so I definitely can’t finish them! These ten books are ones I’ve been dipping in and out of recently.

10) ‘Watership Down’ by Richard Adams

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Every Easter, I try to reread ‘Watership Down’. As a child it was one of my favourite books, so I don’t know why I haven’t been able to drag myself through it since! Maybe it’s because I finally understand everything that’s happening, and things are much sadder than I remember…

9) ‘The Moth Diaries‘ by Rachel Klein

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein

‘The Moth Diaries’ was the first book I ever started on my Kindle. I got over halfway through it and realised I wasn’t really taking anything in, so I stopped reading it. Periodically, I try to start it again, but I’ve never managed to get any further than the first chapter. If any of you have read this, please let me know if it’s worth persevering!

8) ‘The Elite‘ by Kiera Cass

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Even though I managed to read ‘The Selection’ in a couple of days, I still can’t find the energy to pick up the sequel. The outcome just seems so OBVIOUS. It’s difficult to care about the YA equivalent of The Bachelor when you already know who the prince is going to choose…

7) ‘The Novice‘ by Taran Matharu

The Novice by Taran Matharu

I have a genuine excuse for not finishing ‘The Novice’. The creatures sprinkled throughout the story remind me of Pokemon, so every time I started reading this book I had to put it down and go and play my Pokemon games. I don’t often have time for video games, which makes it all the more surprising that I constantly prioritise them over this book!

6) ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban‘ by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

This might be cheating, because I have read this book in the past (many, many moons ago, back when I was still in primary school). I was rereading the Harry Potter series last year, intending to finally finish it, but I got stuck on the third installment. After almost fifty pages, I wasn’t enjoying it as much as the first two, so I abandoned it (though I intended to go back before now!).

5) ‘Frostblood‘ by Elly Blake

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Back in January, I took part in the ‘Frostblood’ blog tour. I got halfway through the book before my post was due, but I couldn’t get back into it after taking a break for a couple of days. Now, I can’t even remember what happened during the first half of the book! I’m going to take this one to university with me so that I have time to reread it before the sequel is published.

4) ‘What Should We Tell Our Daughters?’ by Melissa Benn

What Should We Tell Our Daughters? by Melissa Benn

I started reading ‘What Should We Tell Our Daughters?’ back in March, and I managed to get nearly halfway through before stopping. Last month, I tried to finish it off, but I only got ten pages further before abandoning it again. It’s an extremely interesting look at feminism through the eyes of a parent, but for some reason it won’t hold my attention.

3) ‘Mer-Charmer‘ by Amy Bearce

Mer-Charmer by Amy Bearce

Two and a half years ago I read ‘Fairy Keeper’, the first book in the World of Aluvia series, and I adored it. Last month, I managed to get nearly a quarter of the way through the sequel, ‘Mer-Charmer’… But then I just stopped. I was really enjoying it, too! What’s wrong with me?!

2) ‘Studying Modern Drama‘ by Kenneth Pickering

Studying Modern Drama by Kenneth Pickering

I have a LOT of modern plays set as required reading for my university course. Plays are not my favourite thing to study, so I thought this might be a nice introduction to the topic… But it doesn’t seem to be teaching me anything. I’m not sure whether I’m not taking it in properly, or whether studying drama is really this straightforward.

1) ‘Catharine and Other Writings’ by Jane Austen

Catharine and Other Writings by Jane Austen

At the start of the year, I was reading a Jane Austen novel every month. For some reason, I can’t even get past the introduction to ‘Catharine and Other Writings’. I’ve been picking it up and putting it down daily, but my brain can’t decipher it.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Are there any books you’re struggling to finish?

  • Leslie Hauser

    Hi! I do that, too, with books I can’t get through- pick them up every once in a while and try again. It never works 🙂 But I always hope it will! haha


    • Normally I have to abandon them for a couple of years before I can finish them (like Emma by Jane Austen, which I was reading for a year back in 2012 and couldn’t finish, but read in a fortnight earlier this year!).

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    I love your reason for not finishing The Novice. Maybe one day you can pick it back up. I’ve heard such good things about it!

    • The publisher accepted me for the entire trilogy on NetGalley, which makes me feel even more guilty! I was really enjoying the first half, but then I just couldn’t stop my mind drifting off into the world of Pokemon…

  • Amy Inholt

    I have a bad habit of getting halfway through something and getting distracted by something else. Usually I can get right back into whatever I stopped, but there are time where I can’t. *sigh*

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks

    • At the start of the year I was juggling three or four books at once and it was going brilliantly, but now I’m getting halfway through and moving on to the next. I’m a monster 🙁

      • Amy Inholt

        That makes it really hard to pick up something new. I hope you can get through this slump soon!

  • Jo Elliott

    Interesting…..POA seems to be most people’s favourite HP book, it’s nice to see a different view.
    My TTT:

    • I remember really enjoying it the first time I read it, but I think that might be what’s causing the mental block in this reread! My expectations are just far too high.

  • I’ve never actually finished a Harry Potter by myself, but I do remember reading POA as a class when I was primary school and then GOF, but then continued on with the series myself. And I’m not too keen on studying plays either, which didn’t help me when I had a whole class on studying plays in my second year of university 😅

    • GoF was the one that stumped me, because it was just so much longer than all the others! I will get through them one day… Eventually 😛
      I’m grateful that I’m going to be studying plays in my first year – fingers crossed it’ll mean that we won’t have to revisit them in the future, because I think it’s going to be a real struggle.