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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- The Shooting Gallery by Yūko Tsushima
A collection of short stories… I say stories, but they’re really just fragments. Completely uninteresting.
- 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.
- 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.