It’s Tuesday (worst day of the week if you ask me), and time for another TTT from the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:
September 5: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down (the theme is…books you had a hard time with…tweak it how ever you need)
Well, at least with this subject I won’t end up recommending the same books over and over again! I’ll go with the second alternative – ten books that were a chore to get through. Some of these books are rated 4 or higher on goodreads, so clearly this is a very subjective list (but that’s the charm, right?).
- Stephen Clarke’s 1000 Years of Annoying the French. If you really kind of hate history, and want it turned into Mr Beanesque humor, then this book is for you.
- Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs. Wanna read about a selfish male asshole who’ll do anything to anyone to get his way? Well then I have this book for you!
Now I’ll continue with books I actually did finish:
- Anne Applebaum’s Gulag. This is the only book in this list I’d still recommend to people. It’s only here cause while I was reading it, it felt like it would never end. That was due to the subject though, not the writing.
- Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Maybe if you can get past the topic of this story, the writing can enchant you? I wouldn’t know, cause I couldn’t. To me, it’s just another story of an adult man taking advantage of a young child.
- Jan-Philipp Sendker’s The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. Meh, it wasn’t that bad, I just couldn’t get into it. It’s not even that long, but lasted for ages…
- Henrik Berggren’s Underbara dagar framför oss: En biografi över Olof Palme. Look, I like Olof Palme as much as any Swedish left-leaning social democrat my age, but this book… it was dull. Interesting, but slow. So slow.
- John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Rörelsen: den andra platsen. This is my, by far, favorite horror writer, but sadly this book didn’t live up to my expectations, and I finished it just cause it felt like I should. If you’re new to his books, don’t start with this one!
- Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend. The cover totally turned me off this book, and the first time I began reading it, I even quit. I’ve made it through it now, but.. yeah. Meh.
- Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. I found this comment which summarizes my feelings for this book: “I don’t hate it, but there’s not a single character that I like or can relate to, and it romanticises abuse.”
- James Rollins’ Bloodline. To be fair, I got the book amongst a bunch, and it’s the 8th one in a series (that’s never stopped me before!). SO. BORING. I disliked the characters and the storyline, but still felt I needed to know how it ended. So I guess that’s… good?