Top Ten Tuesday – The Struggle

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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

 

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