Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
January 30: Books I Can’t Believe I Read
Dante’s Inferno: This book. I was so excited and then I started reading. I just couldn’t enjoy it. Most of the problem that I had was with the idea that Dante is throwing so many people into these circles of hell. I get WHY he is doing it, this is the ultimate justice. These guys are immortalized by Dante’s hatred, but even acknowledging that, I just couldn’t enjoy the idea behind this. Plus, who are all these people?
Marching With Caesar: Conquest of Gaul: Ok, this one is my own fault. I hate telling authors no. I’ve gotten better in the years that I’ve grown and realized that by accepting reviews for books that I know I’m going to hate, all I’m doing is wasting my time AND theirs. There is no win/win here. Just looking at the cover I knew, I KNEW, I wouldn’t like this, but I tried. Points of trying right? Maybe after having read Shakespeare’s Caesar, I can understand more. Let’s not fool ourselves though, no, just say no!
A Clockwork Orange: This one I was looking forward to. I didn’t read it in High School and I heard so much about it that I jumped at the
chance to purchase the book. And then I ran into the wall of dialect. I have issues when you have to decipher what you’re reading like it’s hieroglyphics. Is this even English? I enjoyed the ending the most, but struggled through 98% of this one.
World War Z: I know I am in the minority here when I say, I did not like this book. At all. I honestly, enjoyed the movie! Shocker that that’ll be. The book just didn’t hold my attention. I’ve read too many zombie books to think that this type of idea will be different than anything else. Obviously many people disagree, which is wonderful, and I want to know more opinions of why this is a great book, cause I just don’t get it.
Revolution: Here’s another one I struggled to get through. I did listen to this on Audible, so I’m not sure if it was the narration, which seemed okay at the time, but the characters just got lost. I could not figure out what one’s motivations were compared to someone else’s. It was just a dreary read, which left me feeling meh.
California: Oh this book! This was for a book club, so I stuck with it. But man oh man! It was so hard. I hated it. Just cannot believe I stuck with it.
The Goldfinch: Ok, another book club book, but this time it was my fault. I brought this book up, thinking we would all enjoy it. I was so wrong. There was so much I didn’t like. Another that had a good ending, but I don’t think the slog through the middle was worth it just to get to the end. I was frustrated the entire time.
Stitching Snow: I keep trying fairytale retellings and it never works for me! This one was okay, but I had to trudge through it, like many of the books on this list. I gave this a 3.5 but I think I was being generous. I know I didn’t like the Sci Fi elements, as that is definitely not my thing. It was tough for me to get through. I may have to do this as a Throwback Thursday because I honestly remember disliking it more than I apparently did!
American Gods: Ok, so the question is about books that I can’t believe I’ve read. For this one I CAN believe that I read it, but mainly because it was coming out as a television show, AND Neil Gaiman is such a great writer, that I had to read something of his. I listened to this on Audible finally. It was good but it took something like three years for me to get through the entire thing.
Permission Granted: Oh dear, this book. In my review I explain that there are many questions brought up that a new Christian maybe shouldn’t not be addressing. I’ve always had a flip flopping relationship with religion and this book did not help. Instead of feeling good about my decision to go to church, I was left with more questions than when I was an atheist! It was a tough read.
What books can you not believe you read or had to slog through?