*sighs* I didn’t realize that I’ve neglected this top ten thing.
There are books that I’ve forced myself to finish because of the somewhat intriguing plot twist, books that I skimmed through to get to the end, and then there are the books that I just couldn’t finish. I know this is a top 10 list, but at current, I can only list 8 books. The thing with reading/exploring different genres is that you get a sense of what you really like, what you don’t, what you need to stay away from, and what to give a second chance to.
1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I can’t believe that this book won a Pulitzer! This book has such terrible writing style! This book does not even deserve a place on my bookshelf and I don’t think I’ll ever attempt to read another book from this author.
2. Power Play by Catherine Coulter
Catherine, what happened to you? You used to give me better stories than this drivel. I am sorry, but I have to put your books down.
3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
I tried. *sighs* I really tried. Then I tried again…
4. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
…and then I give up on this author as well. A woman can only try so many times! I am done with her for she keeps wasting my sweet reading time. I finally accept that she is not my cup of coffee because I find her books unbelievingly boring to the point where I want to strangle the book, so I’ll let Mark Twain speak for me:
I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop everytime I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.
– Letter to Joseph Twichell, 13 September 1898
Yes, even Twain knew how I feel. Wait, do I even like Twain’s books?
5. A Mercy by Toni Morrison
This is literary garbage. The summary of the book is misleading, I feel as if I was dumb down while attempting to read it, and the different characters narrating chapters with no initial knowledge of who’s speaking? Please, leave this to an expert like James Patterson. This stream of consciousness style was annoying. Incredibly boring and if this was my book, I would’ve set it on fire. Doesn’t deserve to see the light of day and I don’t care if it’s a bestseller.
6. A Bit of a Difference by Sefi Atta
Not my style and the writer was rambling as if talking to a friend and not addressing the reader. I couldn’t even make sense of the character.
7. Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan
Talk about mediocre writing at its best! We have a heroine who is divorced and decides that she wants nothing to do with men for a while. She goes to her aunt’s house to recuperate and immediately, she spots an attractive jogger (he happens to be a doctor) and well, she likes what she sees. This woman is the mother of two brats (I still don’t know what’s so funny in authors making brats out of every single kid out there) and no redeeming qualities about her. This doctor should’ve jogged the other way.
Books like this end up in my trash can because they’re not fit to even wipe my feet on.
8. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Nice try, Jojo. Nice try. This story was predictable and unbelievable. I was thoroughly disappointed and before I burst into tears from being bored, of the corny dialogue, I calmly put it down for the book did not belong to me. Had it been my property…