Reading Rory at Fourth Street Review’s Top Ten Tuesday post prompted me to throw this together. It’s a quick list (no pretty pictures this week, no fancy links) of books that did nothing for me despite the fact that people I know said “You’ve GOT to read this!”
This week’s Top Ten topic is books I thought I’d like MORE/LESS than I did (it’s hosted by The Broke and the Bookish).
1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (self-centred tripe)
2. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (my book group thought it walked on water, I didn’t finish it).
3. In One Person by John Irving (I had high expectations….)
4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (guessed what was going to happen well before end)
5. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (ditto no. 3)
6. Swimming to Elba by Silvia Avallone (only just finished this. Again, high expectations but didn’t deliver)
7. Canada by Richard Ford (had read great things but missed the mark for me)
8. The Mother’s Group by Fiona Higgins (got a lot of press in Australia… not sure why)
9. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James (if one more person tells me this is a ‘good’ book I might just stick red-hot pins in my eyeballs. Sorry, it’s crap)
But I always like to finish on a positive note (sorry, I’m a Pollyanna by nature). There is one book I thought I wouldn’t like that turned out to be one of my all-time favourite books.
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (it was a case of cover prejudice – this book is one of the best I’ve ever read).