Sometimes, it can be hard to stick with a not so amazing book. You know the ones, they start slow, or they get slow, or worse yet, they are just slow. Or they have language you dislike, characters you hate, a setting sun that wont just freaking set already. Sorry, was that angry? Sometimes you abandon them… if youre smart, and there’s no credit on the line, and you dont have a real reason to finish it, you can do that. But then, every once in a while, when you stick with it and you get it done, you end up really glad you do. Without further ado, my short list (to keep from depressing you, and me).
Ten Five Books I Nearly Put Down, But Am Glad I Didn’t
- The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkin
To be honest, the only reason I even picked this book up was because my Dad bought the box set in a rare moment of over exuberance after I simply touched the table it was on at Barnes and Nobel. The pacing too hard, the world too complex (I was probably too young for Tolkin in all reality), the language too made-up. But Dad was freaking excited that I was reading it, and I stuck with it. The Hobbit is not my favorite book, I don’t even think it’s a masterpiece, but it does add to my geek cred, so I appreciate it.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
I will fully admit I picked this book up when it was an Oprah Book Club choice. It looked easy (it was Oprah after all), and my classmates were reading something lame at the time so I decided to go with the crowd. It took me forever. I am not a Russian Literature aficionado, and this book reiterated that, but it is a beautiful story.
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Don’t tell the four professors in University who required this reading, but I never did it. It’s not for lack of trying, I promise… I just can’t get past page 77. But I wont give up- largely because I love Dickens generally… I went through a phase in high school and
readdevoured most of his major works. I haven’t finished it yet, but I will one day!
- Cujo by Steven King
I was entirely too young when I read this… but I kept trucking along because I wanted to prove bookish girls could be a little bada** too… which I did. It was really the only good thing to come out of the weeks worth of homework like reading, but the legend still lives 🙂
- The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
I am not one for Old or Middle English stories where we get nowhere really slowly. But Canterbury tales was assigned reading, and I could not escape the professor, so I sucked it up and did it. It was brilliant in the end- a lovely examination of pilgrimage and early road tripping.
This regular feature here at A MaeDay Life is a part of The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday’s. This week’s theme was “Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t