For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I didn’t have to really think about it. I had to think more about which books not to include, because I tell you I have struggled through some books.
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 however you need)
- The Help by Katherine Stockett – I bought this book years ago at the height of its peak popularity. I was so disappointed in it. I was determined to finish it, but alas after a month of plodding through I gave up.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – This was a book club pick. I read it some 20 years ago in college and remember loving it. I went back to reread it for book club and oh my gosh it was a drag.
- My Antonia by Willa Cather – If I didn’t have to read this in college I wouldn’t have and to be honest, I didn’t. I did read a good portion of it before throwing in the towel, but I just simply didn’t care about the characters.
- A Fable by William Faulkner or rather anything by Faulkner – I don’t care for the whole stream of conscious writing style. I always find it rather convoluted.
- Jane Austen – When I had to read her in college I found her hellaciously boring. I’ve contemplated on giving her another go now that I’m all grown up.
- Ulysses by James Joyce – Another one I had to read in college. Well, I didn’t have to read the whole thing only bits of it, but I’m telling you I would have rather gouged my eyes out with a spoon.
- The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker – I’m not a huge Alice Walker fan to begin with, but I picked this up after reading The Color Purple. I’ve always wondered if I struggled through it because of the domestic violence, especially coming from reading The Color Purple with lots of domestic violence, rape, and child abuse.
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – I do enjoy Steinbeck but for some reason The Grapes of Wrath didn’t give me a warm fuzzy. It was, out of all the books I’ve read by Steinbeck, by far the most depressing.
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Someone needed an editor in a bad way. This book could have easly been 400 pages less and most importantly, I didn’t feel vested in any of the characters.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – I had high hopes for this, but it really fell flat for me. Here are a few words from my review. You can read the entire review here
I loved Capote’s descriptions however it wasn’t enough to keep me engaged. I found myself just plodding along and not actively engaged in the story. Every now and again there would be a sentence that would snap me back into the story.