Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s Top Ten is all about books that I struggled to get into. Now, beginnings are something I usually struggle with. As much as I love reading a new story and getting to know new characters, the beginning is almost always a struggle.
I start reading and find I have to force myself to continue reading. But usually when I’m reading and get a few chapters in (this can be from the 2nd or third chapter, but it can also be about halfway the book), I start getting invested in the story and attached to the characters. And THAT’s when I switch from forcing myself to read to really enjoying a book. And this struggle with beginnings is something that’s a ME-thing, not a BOOK-thing. Because some books or series that have become my all-time favorites started as a book I was really struggling to get into.
You may be surprised by some of the books I had this issue with…
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Though these characters have become one of my all-time favorite group of friends and I ADORE this series to pieces, it honestly took me like half the first book in this series to get used to them. Also, the gorgeous lyrical writing that I’m raving about now, took me quite a while to adjust to.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I know I’ve been describing this series as pretty much the PERFECT trilogy (and I still stand by this point), but to be fair I only REALLY got invested in the storyline and the characters near the end of the first book.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
My most recent read of this list is one of my favorite reads of the year, but I struggled with the beginning. It took me about two weeks to read the first few chapters, but somewhere near the point where Monty was running around naked I naturally got invested and finished the rest of the book in a day or two.
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I adore this series to bits, but it took me quite a long time to fall in love with these characters, none of whom really stood out to me at first. Now on the other hand, I can’t get enough Magnus, Cleo, Felix and the gang.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
This series is such an underrated gem of a fantasy, but the beginning was tough to get into! The world, the characters, they only really took a hold of my heart near the end of the first book.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Adam Silvera owns my heart (and my tear ducts). But as much as I loved More Happy Than Not, the beginning really frustrated me (especially the slang and just the awfulness of some of the characters) and I almost stopped reading. Thankfully, I didn’t or I would have missed the unique feeling of having Adam Silvera tear my heart out.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Another favorite read of mine this year. But yes, it took me a bit to get into. Now I’m just eagerly waiting for book two!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Lindsey, WHAT? I know, I know! I LOVE this duology. I ADORE these characters so, so much. But it took me about a third of the book to get there. Once I was there, however, there was no going back. I am officially a huge Six of Crows fangirl.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Even though I love this series now, I kind of struggled with Cinder. Though this maybe had something to do with the fact that I was really skeptical of this book before I started it (a cyborg Cinderella? Eh…) I shouldn’t have been, because I soon fell in love with Cinder and the rest of these characters though!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This book was my favorite even before reading it, because I already was in love with Simon and Baz by reading about them in Fangirl. So I should have gotten invested in their story easily, right? Wrong. I think it was the fact that there was a lot of recapping previous events in the beginning, not to mention the absence of a certain character for too long. Still a favorite nonetheless!