Books I ALMOST put down, but didn’t



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This week’s topic is-

Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down, But Didn’t.

1.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I couldn’t make myself care about Blomkvis’s trial.  I actually did put this down-twice-but came back and finally read it.  You just need to get past the 3rd chapter, and then BAM-can’t put it down.

2.  Schindler’s List

I am  just finishing this.  The problem at first was that the author was writing it as a novel, but it kept coming across as more of a history book.  Once I got used to it, it flowed.

3.  We Need To Talk About Kevin

Honestly, I didn’t like Eva, the main character.  It was a little hard to get past that, but about a third of the way through it got much better.

4.  Jane Eyre

I felt so bad for her.  I hate it when people are mean to little kids.  Unless they’re bad kids, of course.

5.  The Silmarillion

This is one of my favorite books in the world, but man- try this as a first line-in a chapter titled “Ainulindale”-

“There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made. And he spoke to them, propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he was glad.”

It is AMAZING, but a hard entry point.

6.  The Year of Magical Thinking

Tough subject, very  real and very raw.

7.  Love in The Time Of Cholera

Over 600 affairs is a little much for me.  Loved the book-but yuck.

8.  Little Bee

Too much awful in one book.

9.  The End of the Affair

Why did Sarah have an affair with him?  I get that her husband was boring and all, but Bendrix was a bit of an ass.  More than a bit.  I am glad he is heartbroken.

10.  The Hunger Games

Hmm, a book about kids sent to an arena to battle to the death, until there is only one left?  Sounds good!  Even better, let me have my kids read it.

Actually LOVE these books, but a little hard to get excited to read them at first.

What books did you almost put down?

11 thoughts on “Books I ALMOST put down, but didn’t

  1. I totally agree with so many of these, particularly We Need To Talk About Kevin which I found difficult to read due to my dislike of the main character. I haven’t forgotten it despite last reading it years ago!

  2. Agreed the start of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is excruciating, once the mystery was introduced I was hooked. Little Bee! That book was so sad, and the ending more disturbing for ending right where it did.

  3. I’ve always thought reading The Silmarillion is a bit like reading the Bible or some of the medieval classics: incredible stories, but the language and sentence structure are complex and somewhat archaic and take more thought than modern, fast-paced books. Well worth it, though!

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