This month Clair and I have both failed to read the book we challenged ourselves to read (A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens). Ultimately I failed because I am still reading the massive pile from the library (only 10 left). So Clair (it was her month to choose the book) suggested instead of reading a book we blog 5 books worth reading and 5 books that weren’t.
5 Books Not Worth Finishing
It was the best of starts.
It was the worst of ends.
All of these suffered from exactly the same problem – very enjoyable till the last few chapter/s.
1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold
Murdered girl looks down from afterlife and sees how family are coping after her death – ok. Murdered girl takes possession of living girl so can sleep with ‘first love’ – not ok (my issue was simply that it was ridiculous wish fulfilment and I didn’t like the moral questions it raised about having sex while using someone else’s body).
2. The Desperate Journey by Kathleen Fidler
Family flee highland clearances – ok. Entire rest of lives fitted into a single chapter – not ok (I have an imagination, I can think about what happens. You want to tell me the rest of their lives write another book, otherwise leave it to my imagination).
3. Bubbles all the Way by Sarah Strohmeyer
Hairdresser come reporter solves crimes – ok. She is actually European princess and everyone around her are bodyguards etc. – not ok. (Really, really not ok – it wasn’t even a ‘well now you mention it there were all those clues in the text’. Nope it was out of the blue, incongruous and just downright infuriating.)
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Boy wizard fights to save the world – ok. Last chapter tells rest of life – not ok (I have an imagination.. wait did I already have this rant?)
5. Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith
Girl in love with Vampires fights evil – ok. Girl having been killed comes back to life – not ok (I know it doesn’t sound so bad but it was a seriously lame explanation, just man up and accept you killed her off and it’s a tragic ending.)
5 Books Worth Reading
It was the poorest of pitches.
It was the best of reads.
For this selection I’m opting for books that I was hesitant to read but turned out to be very enjoyable.
1. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Girl meets handsome rich guy, marries him, returns to his place and finds everything still under the influence of his previous wife – Rebecca. It was great, totally worth reading and nowhere near as worthy as I feared.
2. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
The story of a woman deciding if she should leave her husband after he cheats on her while she’s pregnant doesn’t sound like a load of fun. Yet it reads like you are chatting to a friend and was a joy to read.
3. The Specialist by Charles Sale
A short book about a man who makes outdoor toilets. It is wonderful, you should totally read it.
4. Adolf Hilter: My part in his downfall by Spike Milligan
A short biography full of funny stories and wit. Since it’s about Milligan being called up to fight in WWII, and his training before deployment, there are some heart tugging moments (not as much as the sequel – you should read that as well).
5. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
A black girl grows up and begins to realise that not all is equal in 1933 Mississippi. It’s an enjoyable and thought provoking read that I can’t believe took me so long to crack open.