Top Ten Tuesday

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 5Ten 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?).

  1. Stephen Clarke’s 1000 Years of Annoying the FrenchIf you really kind of hate history, and want it turned into Mr Beanesque humor, then this book is for you.
  2. 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:

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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…
  6. Henrik Berggren’s Underbara dagar framför oss: En biografi över Olof PalmeLook, 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering HeightsI 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.”
  10. James Rollins’ BloodlineTo 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?

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