Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday This week’s TTT prompt is Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t. I feel very strongly about the decision to continue or quit a book. Life is too short, so choose wisely! Anyway, I decided to separate it into two categories: books I almost put down but didn’t, and books I did put down.

Five Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

  1. Death In Midsummer And Other Stories by Yukio Mishima
    I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it, and I’m glad I finished it.
  2. Lonely Hearts Killer by Tomoyuki Hoshino
    I know! I ended up loving this, but it was a tough book to get through and I had to reread some parts.
  3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    It was a relatively quick read, but I wasn’t enjoying it and was close to putting it down. I wish I had.
  4. I’m The King Of The Castle by Susan Hill
    I finished this because I had no choice, we had to read this in high school. Hated it. The same situation with a Dutch book: Rico’s Vleugels by Rascha Peper. Ugh.
  5. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    Okay, this doesn’t really belong here. I always intended to finish it. But it took me nearly 9 months… (I loved it though)

Five Books I Put Down:

  1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    I hate this book with a passion. Same joke repeated three times per page. Ugh. Quit after 60 pages, but I should have quit way before that. If hell exists, this book is definitely in my version of it.
  2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
    /hollow laughter
  3. The Shooting Gallery by YÅ«ko Tsushima
    A collection of short stories… I say stories, but they’re really just fragments. Completely uninteresting.
  4. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
    /more hollow laughter
    No honestly, I wanted to enjoy this. It’s a very important book historically. But I got sick of Genji and his antics after 100-or-so pages. Couldn’t cope with another 900.
  5. The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
    I won this in a giveaway and I gave up after about 30-40 pages? It’s on my ‘on hold’ list but I doubt I’ll ever pick it up.

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

    1. Let’s just say I feel… strongly… about Twilight 😉 It just really pissed me off haha…

      Hm… I can see why people like The Lovely Bones. It’s worth to try, see if it works for you 🙂

  1. Ahhh, 1Q84! I don’t love that book, but I like it a lot. It’s a very curious little thing. (Well, it’s hardly little, but…) It always incites this sort of magical and wistful feeling in me when I think about it. I read it at around this time last year. Before that the only Murakami I’d read was Norwegian Wood, and I didn’t much like that one… A bit too depressing for me, I think?

    I read Twilight when I was like, 13, and I really enjoyed it at the time. Nobody else I knew at the time had heard of the book; I think it must have come out really recently. But tbh, when I was 13 I liked 90% of the stuff that I read.
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    1. I laughed when I read ‘curious little thing’ 😉 It is really quite magical and it gets better if you stick with it 🙂 Norwegian Wood is quite depressing indeed, but if you liked the sort of magical-realism aspect of 1Q84 I can really recommend Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore or A Wild Sheep Chase!

  2. I read the Twilight series soon after it came out because my oldest daughter was obsessed with it. I got why she liked it but wow was the writing bad and great lesson for girls with Bella giving up everything for a boy. The 4th one was actually okay because she got a little bit of a spine but other than that… Sorry! Don’t mean to rant!

    Not a Catch-22 fan either. Tried to read it once because it’s one of those you hear about but we just didn’t get along! I’ve never read Lovely in Her Bones but mostly because the summary reminded me of a Piccoult book and I always find her a bit emotionally manipulative.

    Interesting list!
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    1. No no, please, Twilight rants are welcome 😉 There was so much that bothered me about that book… Oh well.

      I must say I am relieved to see more people aren’t a fan of Catch-22… A while ago there was a prompt on a Facebook page, ‘gun to your head, which book did you hate?’ and everyone was shocked that my choice was Catch-22… oops. I think it’s a ‘you love it or you hate it’ kind of book.

  3. Poor Yukio Mishima… his stories are just…. too much (for most readers). I have yet to try 1Q84, but I have a feeling I’ll have a hard time with that one as well…. I’m glad you didn’t give up on The Lovely Bones though (such a riveting story!)

    The Tale of Genji!! I have actually read the whole thing! *pats herself on the back*
    And Twilight!! I was quite obsessed with that series. Hehe. (No regrets!)
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    1. I must say Death In Midsummer And Other Stories was at least an easier read than Forbidden Colors… 😉

      1Q84 is actually very interesting, but the problem is the editing. Usually it seems the English translations are edited more than the original Japanese translations (because Murakami is such a big name). The Dutch translations for example stick close to the original Japanese story. So, say, Wind-up Bird Chronicle has 600-something pages in English, but over 800 in Dutch… suggesting the English version was heavily edited and repetition was cut out. And frankly this is why I usually prefer the English version, it’s a smoother read…
      Anyway, 1Q84 is the odd one out when it comes to the editing of the English one… so there is quite a bit of repetition in there. Still, it’s a very good book and I really enjoyed it, it just took me forever XD
      I wrote a review about it quite a while ago here 🙂

      But omg you read all of Genji o_o I’m sure you can manage 1Q84 then 😛 Actually, I’m sure you can manage ANYTHING haha.

    1. Hahaha I won’t judge 😉

      Murakami is definitely worth it, especially if you like magical realism. The best book to start with would probably be ‘Kafka on the Shore’. It’s really good and it gives you a good idea of his work 🙂

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