Tuesday, December 23, 2014

#amonthoffaves: 5 Books I Almost Put Down and I'm Glad I Didn't

Today, I'm talking about Five Books I Almost Put Down and I’m Glad I Didn’t. I only had one DNF this year but there were a few books that I was either hesitant to read in the first place or thought about putting down after starting.

Shada - Douglas Adams and Gareth Roberts
This is the novelization of a 1980 episode of Doctor Who written by Douglas Adams. The episode never came to be due to a strike at the BBC. Though I watch Doctor Who (from the reboot) and love Douglas Adams, I was still hesitant to pick this one up when I saw it at the library. It just seemed too nerdy. BUT! It ended up being a really fun (and strangely visual) read and had some of the seeds for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, my favorite DA book.

The Glass Sentence - S.E. Grove
This one was highly recommended around the internet but I was having trouble getting into it after the first couple of chapters. LUCKILY!, a short passage dragged me back in and I sped through the rest of the book. Now I'm impatiently waiting for the sequel.

Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin - Nicole Hardy
I had heard of this book and wasn't super keen on reading it. Then a friend recommended it to me based on some conversations we had AND SO! I picked it up anyway. It ended up giving me a lot of food for thought. It was strange to see some parallels to my own experiences and also to have a few "this could have been my path if I hadn't veered sooner" revelations.

The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit - Graham Joyce
This one was weird. There were some times where I didn't know what was happening or things went too far away from where I thought they should have been. BUT! this was a review copy so I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. It never ended up being what I thought it should be but it was a good book on its own.

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder - Jo Nesbø
I really didn't want to buy this book for Z but I had a feeling he would love it. Then he wanted to read it together as his bedtime book. I was super hesitant and ready to just grimace and bear it BUT THEN! it turned out to be a really fun story with lots of adventure and some cool, unconventional friendships and a bit of Norwegian culture. I'm actually looking forward to reading the second book in the series with him this spring.

Which book were you glad you stuck with until the end?

Expanding my horizons,


  1. I put The Glass Sentence aside ages ago--never got back to it.

    1. It definitely had a bumpy start but I was glad I stuck with it.

  2. I think I'm going to check out that Nesbo. I'm a huge fan of his adult stuff, and had no idea he wrote for the young ones too.

    Tanya Patrice

    1. I'm sure it's MUCH different but it was silly and fun. :)

  3. I'm glad I stuck with People in the Trees! I wasn't wild about the first section, where the protagonist talks about his childhood, but then it became crazy awesome after a little while.