Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

Ah. Here we are again in the comfortable, comforting world of The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday. What am I thinking about? All those tricky books out there. Often those I actually should have put down before I bored myself to tears. You live and learn…


1. Midnight’s Children; Salman Rushdie – This book is always the first example I give when arguing why you should always stop after 50 pages if you’re simply not feeling a book. I didn’t and I fear I ruined this classic for myself by ploughing on.


2. The God of Small Things; Arundhati Roy – a long-awaited read and one of the few I bothered with on my hols. Why did I bother? I’m not sure I know. Too ‘Booker-Prizey’/obscure for its own good?


3. A Woman’s Life; Guy de Maupassant – a huge disappointment as I usually love Maupassant’s writing. Stereotypical, tedious tripe in the ‘Madame Bovary’ mold (but not nearly as good) and most definitely written by a man’s point of view. Sorry chaps.


4. My Name is RedOrhan Pamuk – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this book was a serious test of my patience and stamina..


5. South RidingWinifred Holtby – much duller than promised by the 2011 BBC miniseries. I can’t believe I finished it and I actually can’t remember what happened….perhaps I need to watch the series again!


6. The Tiger’s WifeTéa Obreht – I’m afraid I was swayed by the awards and hype on this occasion. Needless to say it didn’t live up to expectations… it should have done.


7. Mary BartonElizabeth Gaskell – no comment.


8. Something Wicked This Way Comes; Ray Bradbury – I didn’t enjoy this short novella nearly as much as I’d have liked to after the iconic Fahrenheit 451His prose requires the kind of concentration I didn’t possess at the time.


9. Tropic of CancerHenry Miller – Sex sex sex….yes, I get it. Stop talking about yourself already!


10. The Cider House RulesJohn Irving – LONG.

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10 thoughts on “Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

  1. I felt exactly the same about Midnight’s Children! I read the first 40 pages and gave up, then came back to it several years later (because it was the Booker of Bookers and the best book of the last 25 years, blah blah blah) and pushed myself through it, but can’t say I feel I benefited from the experience at all.


      1. Nope, I’m not sure I can be bothered to read anything else by him. Will I be missing out? Who could say?!


  2. Oh god, I know what you mean about South Riding! I have no idea why I persevered with this one! I can only think that I went into some sort of boredom inspired stupor and was just turning the pages automatically!


    1. Ooh. I think it was a wrong book for the wrong moment-type scenario. Rather than it actually being rubbish. Which is the worst when you know you should have just put it down and tried it another day…


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