"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish". Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.
May 13: Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't
This prompt should be called "Bottom Ten" but since we're staying with the theme ...
I could have added at least another twenty to that list. If I choose a book for myself, I usually don't have a problem putting it down if I really don't like it, although that rarely happens. I know by now which book I might like and which one I won't.
But it's different when it's a book club book. I noticed after putting together the list that all of the books I really disliked and still finished were book club books. Why members have to choose chick lit to read with a book club is beyond me. I can understand if we have different opinions about a good book but most of the books on this list are just rubbish.
Fuller, Alexandra "Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight" - 2002
A British family lives in Africa in total misery and danger of their life. Why they don't return to their home country is beyond me.
Gibbons, Stella "Cold Comfort Farm" - 1932
This is supposed to be funny to hilarious but I found it rather boring.
Gruen, Sara "Water for Elephants" - 2006
Another totally boring story about the circus which doesn't interest me at all.
Krasnow, Iris "The Surrendering to Motherhood: Losing Your Mind, Finding Your Soul" - 1997
A spoiled brat tries to write about how great motherhood is, how every woman has a choice to work or not to work. As if!
Landvik, Lorna "Welcome to The Great Mysterious" - 2000
Chick lit trying to disguise as a "problem novel".
McEwan, Ian "Atonement" - 2001
This novel bored me to death.
Niffenegger, Audrey "The Time Traveler’s Wife" - 2003
One of the most horrible books I have ever read, full of contradictions. Even if time travel was possible, the facts change from one page to the next.
Pearson, Allison "I Don’t Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother" (Working Mum) - 2002
Another spoiled brat who just wants to start a war between "working" and "non-working" mothers.
Picoult, Jodi "My Sister’s Keeper" - 2004
Another chick lit trying to disguise as a "problem novel".
Wisner, Franz "How the World Makes Love: And What It Taught a Jilted Groom" - 2009
Not only is this guy completely self-absorbed (Me! Me! Meeee!), this book is also full of plagiarism. Totally annoying.
And yes, why did I finish them? Because they were book club books.