Top Ten Tuesday: Five Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read


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Five Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

I don’t like fairytales, so I usually stay away from the fairytale retellings — and they’re everywhere! Everyone raves over this book, but the synopsis doesn’t really pull me in. Androids and cyborgs? I don’t know the difference and I don’t care. Neither of them sounds like something I want to read about. And I really, really dislike the cover. I was fine with it until I looked closer at the leg and ugh.

Why I might read it

Everyone says it’s so good and if I read in on my Kindle (which I prefer anyway), I won’t have to look at the cover. So maybe?

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

I’m really struggling with Throne of Glass. I’ve tried twice now to join Throne of Glass series readalongs. I’m stuck on page 120. I just don’t get why everyone loves it so much. I want to, but I just…don’t. I’m on the verge of DNFing it.

Why I might read it

Maybe Throne of Glass gets better? Over the weekend, Danielle advised me to read the novellas first. If I do decide to give up, I’ll probably go back and start over, picking up the novellas first. But at this point, I just don’t even care about this world so I’m moving on for now.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent #3)

I liked Divergent a lot, but I had more trouble with Insurgent. I can’t remember why, but I do remember that I don’t like Tris or Four. I already know the big SPOILER. I don’t plan to see the movies because I don’t like Shailene Woodley, so I might just be done with this world.

Why I might read it

I got caught up in the hype and bought it when it first came out, so I already own it. I don’t have any problem finishing books, but I do like to finish series. I think it’s because by the end, I have a lot invested in them.

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

The Nature of Jade

I DNF’d Wild Roses, the only other Deb Caletti book I’ve tried. I didn’t review it here, but I did a mini-review on Goodreads. This is it, in its entirety:

I refuse to continue reading a book when I want nothing more than to punch the main character in the face. I hate this stupid girl and her stupid instalove.

That didn’t exactly leave me wanting more Caletti, you know?

Why I might read it

I bought it so I might as well read it. That’s all I can come up with.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

I can tell by the blurb that this is a crying book. I don’t like crying books. Also, Morgan Matson is Katie Finn and I haven’t been very impressed by the two Katie Finn books I’ve tried so far (Broken Hearts, Fences, & Other Things to Mend and Top 8). I can’t imagine that she writes vastly different as Matson than as Finn. They’re all contemporaries.

Why I might read it

ALL of Morgan Matson’s books are on my TBR. They all sound so good! I’m really hoping that Matson is much better than Finn.

What do you think? Should I give these books a chance or move on to something else?



  1. I HAD NO IDEA MORGAN MATSON WAS KATIE FINN. Mind blown. Second Chance Summer is my favorite Matson book. Anyway, I didn’t care for Insurgent OR Allegiant BUT YOU LISTED SOME OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS HERE – Crown of Midnight is better than Throne of Glass, but I’m worried you’ll have problems with Heir of Fire if your not totally invested in this world/these characters. I also LOVED Cinder – those books get better as they go (just FYI if you ever give them a chance)

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  2. Having just read both Second Chance Summer and Cinder, I can truly say that they were worth it!

    I am the same as you when it comes to Allegiant! I read a huge spoilers like you and I have been so put off! It is has really took all the fun out for me. I will pick it up sometime but not anytime soon!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Honestly, for me, even though I loved the idea for Cinder and, yes, I loved the cover too – which was actually what first drew my attention – I actually found the book a little disappointing. Okay, a lot disappointing. (I did read the next in the series though and really liked it…) I’d have to say that androids and cyborgs play such a large part of Cinder that, if you’re not into it, you might not like it much.

    Personally I thought Throne of Glass was great, but after a few pages it had totally grabbed me. I will say that I’ve heard that a lot of people that didn’t like Throne of Glass liked the sequel. (I was just the opposite, though.)
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  4. Why do authors write under multiple names? It’s annoying.

  5. Cinder wasn’t my favorite, but it was still good. I just say read it so you can get to the really good books: Scarlet and Cress! And actually the same goes for Throne of Glass – book one is good, but it’s the later books that are so much better. I really enjoyed Allegiant, but I know I’m in a minority. I just thought the themes were really well brought out and finished up in the end.
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  6. I’m reading Cinder this month and cannot wait, it’s my next read!

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  7. I liked Cinder, but if you don’t like fairy tale retellings and/or sic-fy, then it’s probably not the book for you. Throne of Glass made it on my list this week.
    Allegiant is definitely the worst book in the series, and I hated it for more than just the ending.
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  8. While I like fairy tale retellings I avoided Cinder for a long time because something about it didn’t appeal. When I got around to it I really liked it.

  9. Kim@Time2Read says:

    I loved Cinder…read it twice and will probably read it again when I continue on with the series (I’ve only read the first two). But then, I love fairy tales and retellings. I also read Allegiant, but found it lacking. Loved the first two, though, and I DO like both Tris AND especially Four!

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  10. I’m one of those people who rave about Cinder. I didn’t think it was something I’d be into, but it surprised me SO much. I’ve considered reading the Throne of Glass series, but I just really doubt I will. It’s just not really my thing, I think.
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  11. Well…I guess if you don’t like fairy tale retellings you may not enjoy that book so much. The romance is pretty cheesy and predictable but I did really like the world-building. You may find it lovely qualities to that book even though you dislike the cover. The other ones I haven’t read them but I do plan on reading Crown of Midnight.
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  12. I didn’t really like Cinder. I thought the premise was interesting, but the world-building and characterization weren’t that strong. So if you don’t like fairytale retellings, there probably won’t be much there for you to enjoy. (FYI: An android is a robot. A cyborg is a human with artificial parts. Cinder is a cyborg. Among other things, she has an artificial leg. Hence, the cover…)

    I’ve got Divergent on my own list… because I already know the spoiler from the third book. Why should I bother with the series if I already know how it ends?
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  13. I DNF’d Throne of Glass I just don’t get why everyone loves this book, i had wrong expectations and just couldn’t get into thi book. I also heard that it’s better fi you read the novella’s first, who knows maybe that would’ve changed my opinion?
    I did add Cinder to my to-read list, I heard everyone raving about it and if I am going to give this whole fairytale retelling genre a try, I figured I should start with this. I am still not 100% convinced this will be a book for me.
    I am with you on Allegiant, I haven’t heard the spoiler, but I wasn’t a big fan of Insurgent. I did love Divergent, but I just don’t care enough at the moment to read Allegiant. I do own it, I think? I am not even sure. I probably will read it eventually.
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    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who just didn’t get Throne of Glass. I have officially DNF’d it, although I probably will go back to it after I’ve read the novellas. But I’m not really in a hurry to get to them after my experience with ToG. Maybe a different fantasy book will be the one for me.
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  14. I’m the same way with Divergent, all the hype has me curious and I actually thought the movie was pretty good (not great, but decent) but with everything I’ve heard about the second and third books… just don’t know. I don’t ever seem to get to them…
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  15. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my FAVORITE series, but the cover also turned me off at first because I thought the coloring looked a little gothic. If you don’t like sci-fi, maybe you wouldn’t like this but the best part about the series is that it’s so character-driven.

    I liked Throne of Glass, but can’t bring myself to read the sequel. I dunno why.

    And Allegient was also just spoiled for me! I hate spoilers, so I probably won’t be reading it either. I mean, Insurgent wasn’t great either.

    I DNF’ed Second Chance Summer just because I got bored. But then again, I was in the mood for something light.
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