Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 5 September, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through OR Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down

I’ve decided to do a mix this week for this theme: books that I struggled to get through but did finish and books that I struggled through and ended up putting down. Sorry, a bit of a negative list this week, but there were a number of books I’ve read recently that were a struggle to finish, regardless of my mood at the time *le sigh* Here we go:

  1. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James — I was pretty sad to put this book down but several chapters in to the book it just seemed to be going nowhere, I didn’t care of the characters, and Henry James has a tendency of meandering off to tangents before getting back on track with the story. I just didn’t need that in my life.
  2. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (commentary) — Heresy, I know. I finally got around to reading this book this year and it was just such a chore to get through; I just didn’t care for some of Kvothe’s day-to-day parlays at the University, I just wanted the focus to start shifting big time to the Chandrian and stuff. I think the fact that I’m not so big on the school setting any more in my fantasy novels contributed to the struggle here.
  3. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff — I started reading this once having heard some good reviews about it but then I put it down after two chapters; the main character’s narrative voice was irritating.
  4. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer (review) — I can see what the author was trying to do with this book but unlike Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life (review) I just didn’t care for the characters or where the story was headed. I finished the book though.
  5. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (review) — I first read this book when I was in university and told myself I’d revisit it again. Well, I tried doing so earlier this year and just had to put it down; it just didn’t capture my complete attention. I guess this is one of those books that I’ll just never click with.
  6. Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland (review) — I like Douglas Coupland’s books but it was a struggle getting through this title…
  7. Selection Day by Aravind Adiga — I was excited to read this book but was sadly disappointed by it. I only read it to the end for the sake of finishing it…And because it was sent to me by the publishers for review.
  8. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (review) — I was interested in this title but after reading about a fourth of it, I just had to put it down, nothing was holding my attention *le sigh*

And I only made it to eight for this week’s list. Maybe it’s for the best xD What books did you feature on your list this week? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂


I mentioned it in my TTT last week but my first poetry collection, Shall I Be a Poet Instead?, is available now online (Lulu/Amazon/The Book Depository/Barnes&Noble/etc.)! You can read more about my writing project and my journey towards its publication over at this blog post and check out some of my poetry over at Instagram 🙂 Cheers!


9 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. Some books speak to us and others don’t. I don’t think I’ve read any of these, although I’m kind of fuzzy on A Portrait of a Lady. I don’t think I read it, but then I kind of feel like I did? It would have been 20 plus years ago, anyway.

    I do want to read Patrick Rothfuss one of these days. Just haven’t managed it yet.

    I hope you have a great rest of the week, Lainne. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I totally loved ‘The Wise Man’s Fear’ – in the end even more than ‘the Name of the Wind’. But I can totally see why people think it’s boring or too slow or quiet. I love Kvothe so much and think he’s such an interesting character, I’d probably be excited reading about him doing his laundry! 😀
    And I am also still a big fan of the school setting 🙂

  3. I haven’t actually tried the Rothfuss books officially, but I did read a bit of the first one and it didn’t really grab me at all, so I’ve never really tried again. Not sure if they’d work for me or not!

  4. Dr. Zhivago has been on my list for a while as is Luminaries but I’m apprehensive about both. Your comments dropped them lower on my list, hehe. I didn’t like the first Rothfuss book all that much so I never picked up the second one. Great list!

  5. Portrait of a Lady took me FOREVER to get through. I suppose I liked it in the end, but I only finished it because I forced myself to read 50 pages every day until I was done.

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