I Am Sad I Wasted My Time With These Ten Reads [3]

Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Bookish

There’s nothing worse than wasting your precious reading time on a book that is sub-par. This has happened to me too regularly for me to be okay with it – I have gotten stuck reading a book because I was worried that it was going to get better and I was going to miss out! But I think this year is the year that I stop reading something if it is not bringing me joy. I won’t have enough time for that once I’m a mom!

(I did actually do this at the tail-end of last year; I stopped reading Long May She Reign and Damaged Like Us somewhere in the middle because they just weren’t grasping my attention enough! It sucks to feel like a quitter, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do sometimes.)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl!

My Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read (& Wasted My Time On!)

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Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel – I did not connect with the main character at all. Hated her, actually.
Forgiven (Angels of Affection #2) by Carly Fall – The first one was ‘meh’, so I don’t even know why I picked up the second. But it was worse. Not my cup of tea.
Stay Awhile by Gia Riley – I read this one recently, but I’ve already forgotten what it was about because it wasn’t that good. At least it was short.

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Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – A girl and her uncle with AIDS, and after he dies, she starts hanging out with his lover. Just wasn’t my thing.
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
– Can’t really remember what this one was about, to be honest.
The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
– Also can’t really recall that plot of this one, but I rated it low…

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The Fever by Megan Abbott – This was a thriller-type, I think, but didn’t hold enough thrills for me.
The Education of Victoria by Angela Meadows
– Basically one giant porno. Yes, worse than Fifty Shades of Grey. Don’t know why I read the whole thing… O.o
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – I read this one in high school. HATED IT. 11 years later, and I still regret reading this book. I can’t tell you why, because c’mon, it was 11 years ago! But I just remember hating it. (To rub salt in the wound, I had to write a book report on it.)


Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E. L. James – Yep, I gave into the fad of reading this one. (I had to know why everyone was picking it up!) I managed to read it all, but I just couldn’t handle Ana talking about her ‘inner goddess’ anymore! Ugh! I think maybe I read a little bit of the 2nd book before I said screw it and moved on – forever!

What books do you regret reading because they wasted precious reading hours for other amazing books out there? Have you read any of my picks and actually liked them? (Or hated them along with me?)

This has been a Rosie Writes Things production. Tuesday is back, and with a vengeance! It’s time to put on her big girl work pants, drink a cup of stimulating coffee, and go to work like a functioning adult, even though she desperately wants to crawl back under the covers and avoid the world because EVERYONE is getting the flu and she’s a bit terrified… Wish her luck.


  1. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Emily @ Mixed Margins said:

    Awe, I’m a little sad you didn’t like The Catcher in the Rye, but books tend to strike people in different ways so no hard feelings. 🙂
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    1. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Rosie @ RosieWritesThings said:

      True, I was also a teenager in high school, so maybe that had something to do with it? However, I don’t feel like trying to read it again lol!

  2. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 rebeca said:

    Awww I’m sorry you didn’t like these! I hope you find something to read soon! Some of the books I always like to recommend are: My Lady Jane, Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger and Daughter of the Pirate King, I loved these 🙂 Happy reading!

    1. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Rosie @ RosieWritesThings said:

      My Lady Jane and Daughter of the Pirate King (which was rated high by a friend!) have been on my TBR for a bit! I’m currently reading (and loving) the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab!

  3. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 lissa said:

    I wouldn’t read any of these books but I do like covers, they didn’t look bad at all.

    I still don’t know why people like ‘fifty shades..’ isn’t it basically soft porn?

    honest, I’m sure most books have readers but I still wonder why certain books are loved by one and not another

    have a lovely day.

    1. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Rosie @ RosieWritesThings said:

      Yessss the covers are what drew me innnn! >.< I'm a total cover-buyer. And yes, Fifty Shades is just that. But it's amazing how this series blew up so fast, isn't it? I'm sure if the writing were BETTER, I might've liked it more. That writing was just really bad.

  4. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Jo said:

    Fifty Shades has been very popular this week!
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  5. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Dina said:

    Oh no! Catcher in the Rye is definitely not for everyone. It did kind of resonate with me as a grumpy young adult. Other than that one, I think I have escaped all of the other books on this list. *Victory dance* There’s mention of an inner goddess in Fifty Shades of Grey? Too funny. Always nice to visit your website.
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    1. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Rosie @ RosieWritesThings said:

      Oh yeah, her inner goddess is like ALL she talks about. So annoying. Aw, thanks for stopping by! <3

  6. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Charlotte Anne Brand said:

    It’s a shame you did not enjoy these! There is nothing worse than reading bad books! ❤

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    1. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Rosie @ RosieWritesThings said:

      It is quite unfortunate… Here’s to a February filled with nothing but amazing reads!! Cheers!

  7. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Rashika said:

    I haven’t thought about Vivian Divine in a LONG TIME but omg, I remember hating that book with a passion. I was super excited about it but it was garbage. I cannot believe I wasted my time with that either.

    Also, I am like the only person on this planet who didn’t hate The Catcher in the Rye. HA. But maybe I’ll re-read it someday and also not like it. Then I can be in the cool kids club.

    1. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Rosie @ RosieWritesThings said:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one!! A big part of me hating it (which I forgot to mention) was because I was in the middle of it when I got my LASIK surgery done, so I had used one of my Audible credits to buy the audiobook so I could continue reading while my eyes were healing. And the narrator’s voice just made it so much worse lol.

  8. On Tuesday, January 30th 2018 Lauren Carroll said:

    I agree about DNFing books. I used to feel so guilty putting a book down if I wasn’t enjoying it but life is too short to not be happy with the books we read. I am a single mum to a four-year-old little girl and I just don’t have the spare time to waste on bad writing XD

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