Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the topic is to list 10 books that one couldn’t finish or lost interest in.
I have a mental block against abandoning a book even if I am not enjoying it. Though it might seem strange, I might go back to a book, even years later, and try to finish it. So here are a few books that I have tried to read but so far haven’t finished them:
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson
The book that put Nordic Noir on the map. There was a time when everybody but everybody was talking about it. I too loved it in the beginning but then the sexual savagery became too much and finally so vomit-inducing that I left the book.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I don’t know how many times I have picked up this book, read through a few pages, and then abandoned it. I have loved Dostoyevsky’s other books, especially THE IDIOT, but don’t know why find this such tough going.
AGNES GREY by Anne Bronte
I absolutely love Wuthering Heights and have read Jane Eyre, so I thought I’ll give the third Bronte sister a go too but the story did not interest. But hey, I did finish Jane Eyre, I can do this too…
NORTH AND SOUTH by John Jakes
A generational saga that I left mid-way but have it on my shelves so will restart it one day.
CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller
A cousin, who found this extremely interesting, passed it on to me but I just couldn’t get into it at all. But again as I have it on my shelves, will give it another go.
SCARLETT by Alexandra Ripley
I was not floored by Gone With the Wind but still decided to see what the sequel was all about, only to abandon it soon after.
SHAME by Salman Rushdie
I think it was the phrase ‘phantom pregnancies’ that made me drop this novel, post-haste, though I had enjoyed the magic realism of Midnight’s Children.
KARNA’S WIFE by Kavita Kane
Karn is one of my favourite mythological heroes and I picked up this book with a great deal of anticipation but an ill-researched story soon put my teeth on edge.
THE COMPLETE FATHER BROWN by G.K. Chesterton
By the third volume or so, Father Brown became such an irritant that I don’t want to read any other case of his.
ZEMINDAR by Valerie Fitzgerald
1857. India is seething. Those brutal, blood-thirsty people are killing their benevolent British Masters. How ingrate can those savages be? Oh! Please give me a break…
Am I missing something by not having read these through? Which are the ones in this list that you have read and loved? Which are the ones that I have done well to abandon?