Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list that one or more of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
Big Breasts and Wide Hips: A Novel (Arcade Classics)
Big Breasts and Wide Hips by Mo Yan
This was the first of my “Around the world in 80 Books” self challenge. It may have spoiled me. I really dislike almost everything about this book. I wanted to like it; I did. It took 4 months and everything I had to finish it. I since then I have barely touched this challenge.
(THE CELL ) BY King, Stephen (Author) Hardcover Published on (01 , 2006)
Cell by Stephen King
Gross and gory and not one likeable character. This was one King I could have passed on.
Chime by Franny Billingsley
I did put it down but than thankfully I picked up the audiobook. It is one of my favorites and gave me a newfound appreciation of audio. And that my friends led to Dresden.
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Meh. Dystopian science fiction is not my favorite. But everyone was raving about this book called Feed so I kept reading. Then I discovered it was this book: Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1) which is 100% better.
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Book club selection. We read this in January and February which I must say are not my finest months and this was a depressing read. I wonder if I would have been so tempted to put it down if it was June and a beach book.
Horns: A Novel
Horns by Joe Hill
Let me start with the fact that I loved Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts. But this one was a hard read. I know people are horrible but I really have no need to read about just how horrible they are on the inside.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell : A Novel
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke
Another I put down at first. Actually this one I put down a lot. But it is the favorite book of a dear friend I could not give up on it. So I kept picking it up. But the language was such that my scattershot method of reading now never let me immerse myself in this story. This was another audio one for me. I usually only listen to audios when I am travelling or when I am cleaning so those are long chunks of time. I found a groove and fell in love.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
I have talked about this book over and over again. it is on lists titled things like “Bleak Books – the Top 10 Most Depressing Books” and “10 Devastatingly Sad Books – Flavorwire.” So yeah, I almost put it down. I recently read this review of the movie which describes reading the book perfectly.
This entire movie hurts to watch. It builds dread the way bricklayers build walls, and it surrounds you with it. Reading Cormac McCarthy’s beautiful novel is hard enough – I first read it on a plane, in one sitting, and by the end I felt as if I’d been stuffed into a sack and beaten while listening to my family get killed and eaten somewhere nearby. I was drained for about two weeks. The movie takes that theme and runs with it. It’s based on my favorite book, and it’s one of my favorite movies. But I’ve only watched it once.
And No I have not seen the movie either.
Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Read all of them. Wanted to gouge my eyes out. I know people love them. But I was weaned on real vamps and these are not real vamps. I kept going because the girl was such a reader and she was young when these were hot and I needed to know if they were OK to read. My answer – No because this models a horrible relationship and a worse reaction to breaking up.
Witch & Wizard (Witch & Wizard, #1)
Witch & Wizard (Witch & Wizard, #1) by James Patterson
Another I endured for the girl. I read this one out loud to her. I was pleased when she decided to read the rest to herself.
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