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Top Ten Tuesday (#29): Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving

toptentuesday2Oh my goodness. It’s been so long since I’ve made one of these Top Ten Tuesday posts! They went on hiatus for a while, and when they came back, I was just too busy with other things. The themes also didn’t really inspire me. Usually when I would complete the Top Ten Tuesday posts, I would start making a list in my head the moment that I saw the prompt! This didn’t happen for me with the last few prompts, but kind of did for this one? So, I thought, why not get back into it now? I should be reading right now, but really want to be writing in stead, for some reason. Woops.

For those of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is all about, here is a quote from The Broke and the Bookish, the genuises behind this weekly meme!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

And now that all of the necessary stuff is out of the way….

– Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into
But Ended Up Loving –

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– ONE –

Ashley Poston’s Geekerella


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– TWO –

Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician


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Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch


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– FOUR –

Claudia Gray’s Defy the Stars


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– FIVE –

Liz Reinhardt’s Rebels Like Us


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– SIX –

Lexa Hillyer’s Spindle Fire


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Emily R. King’s The Hundredth Queen


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Jen Sookfong Lee’s The Conjoined


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– NINE –

Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone


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– TEN –

Erin Bow’s The Scorpion Rules


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0 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (#29): Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving

    1. I definitely didn’t have an easy time finding 10! I had to really look through my Goodreads “read” list, haha. And I’m glad that I made it to the end of the Grisha trilogy too! Will be reading Six of Crows this winter! Yay!

    1. It was just the very beginning that I struggled with, because I was very frustrated at Elle’s situation, and nothing happened right away to draw my attention. But once I got over that part, I read it in like 1-2 sittings, haha.

    1. I was fine with the Cinderella trope, since I knew that this would be a retelling, going in. But I do get very upset at the situation the Cinderella character finds herself in near the beginning of the book (aka. guardian/s die, and she is abused by other people blah blah blah). I did like how Poston used the stepmother and step sisters in this story though!

    1. Yeah, definitely do! I also always try to point this out in my reviews for books like these, just in case there are other readers who struggle at first. I don’t want anyone missing out on a good book!

    1. Glad I’m not alone on that! And yeah I know what you mean! I wanted to love Alina, but she just really frustrated me. What kept me reading most of the time was the Darkling, and the world, and magic! Did you read any of the short stories from the Grishaverse?

  1. The Last Magician and Defy the Stars are two books that I’m looking forward to read, I’ll keep in mind that you needed a while to get into them in cas it does the same to me! 😀

  2. I can understand 100% why you have The Last Magician on this list. I was expecting it to take me awhile to get into, but I honestly was addicted right from the start. But it does take awhile for the action to really pick up, so I can still understand why that might not be the case for others. Regardless, I’m glad to see you ended up enjoying it 🙂

    1. Yeahhh and I’m not sure if I mentioned this in my review, but I was also going through a really bad reading slump when starting The Last Magician, so that didn’t help. I’m glad I pushed through though, since I did end up really enjoying it. 🙂

        1. I generally try to force myself through them. Which might not be a good approach in the long run. But I just have so many review books piled up now that I have no choice but to push through….or panic from having fallen WAY behind. Lol. Bookblogger problems eh?

              1. Haha I KNOW I need to stop accepting so many! I’m trying to stay on a bit of a requesting ban for the rest of the year so I can just read what I want once I get through the rest of the review books I have. It would be so nice to actually read some of my own books, haha.

  3. I used to quit books a lot more often before I started blogging! But I always finish books that I’ve requested from publishers, which can be a good thing (such as all of the books on this list becoming some of my faves once I gave them the chance), and can be a bad thing when a book fails to grab my attention until the last page, or worse, bothers me until the last page.

    Your American Gods story just convinces me that it’s best to just keep reading though 😉

    1. Aweee, I hope that you read some of them someday, and that you enjoy them when you do! Also THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was really unsure about this theme when I first put it up haha

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