We’re back with another Top 5 Saturday! Just in case you don’t know Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and it’s where we list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favourite books, books you loved/hated) based on the week’s topic. You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post 🙂 This week’s topic is actually: books I’d give a second chance.
But as we know by now I don’t normally DNF books for a number of reasons but mostly guilt. Most of the time I power through that baddie and just “get it over with” (which also doesn’t sound great), but that’s also a longer discussion for another time! So since I don’t have (m)any DNFs to choose from, I decided to dig deep into memory banks and recall the books that I have put to the side but am determined to (eventually) finish!
As a mood reader, it can be pretty tough to stick to a book when my mood is swinging wildly all over the place. It doesn’t happen often because most of the time I settle into a book/story and I end up really enjoying the read and my moods quickly “calm down”… But when my moods are particularly erratic, I usually end up jumping through at least 5-10 books until I find one I can handle (this is making me sound insane, right? Lol). Most of these were put down because my mood just wouldn’t comply and I ended up repeatedly re-reading passages until I decided it’s not for now. Without any more waffling, here we go:
I started reading The Goldfinch when I was going through probably the worst reading slump I’ve ever experienced to date (no joke). I was unable to finish any book for about three months! I’m proud to have made it through a decent chunk of this book (75%?) before putting it down, but I now associate it with that time and while I want to finish it, I’ve been really putting it off!
Beartown was another book I started at the beginning of the same Epic Slump of 2019™️ mentioned above but I didn’t get far. That said, I do tend to struggle sometimes with Scandinavian authors… But this book is one of the most hyped books ever, so I will be picking it up ‘again’ and finishing it!
I’m 100% sure that I stopped reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, not because I didn’t like it, but coz it was competing against The Nevernight Chroncile and… I’m sorry I abandoned it but it didn’t stand a chance against Kristoff 😅 I’ll finish the audio this year though!
My plan was to read Good Omens before the show was released last year and that (obviously) failed epically. I was in such a weird summer mood and I remember reading passages repeatedly but nothing stuck and I didn’t get through much. I do want to finish this book though!
Jade City was the most recent book I set aside. I started reading it when I was sick as a dog in the early days of COVID19 (February) and it just wasn’t what I needed at the time. The pace was slow and I needed fast! But I’m looking forward to finishing this because I did enjoy what I read.
16 May 2020: Books by Debut Authors 23 May 2020: Books about Plants/Flowers (can be on the cover, in title or plot)
- 30 May 2020: Books from a male POV
06 June 2020: Books Set Near/On the Sea 13 June 2020: Books with One Word Titles(skipped)
- 20 June 2020: Books You’d Give A Second Chance
- 27 June 2020: Books with Morally Grey Characters
Do you like books set near/on/in the sea? Have you read any of these or do you have any favourite recommendations to share?