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January 30, 2018

Books I Can’t Believe I Read

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is Books I Can’t Believe I Read. I made two short list: Books I can't believe I read & almost wished I haven't and Books I can’t believe it took me so long to finish reading.



Books I can't believe I read & almost wished I haven't
When a book turns out not to be a good read, I sort of question my taste in books just a little but we all have our preferences so not every book is liked by everyone. These are the ones that I sort of wish I had liked but didn't.

The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman
01/ The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman > link
There was a scene that grossed me out so much that I had to pause before finishing the book. I read reviews where there is no mention of this scene and another very inappropriate scene that I don't know why people think of this as fantasy because it's more semi-horror than anything. I get that Gaimen's books has a bit of horror in his books but this book is branded a children's books and I really think it's not. I suppose if you're not grossed out by that particular scene, you'll probably like this but I can't even get passed it.

The Beekeeper's apprentice: or on the segregation of the queen (a Mary Russell Novel) by Laurie R. King
02/ The Beekeeper's apprentice or on the segregation of the queen (a Mary Russell Novel) by Laurie R. King > link
I only wanted to read this because of Sherlock Holmes. The beginning was great but I got so bore in the middle with all the political talks and the explanations for things I don't even remember reading about. I guess I was mostly bore with the book. I did sort of finished it but with a lot of skimming.

Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis
03/ Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis > link
I really wished I have skipped out on this "Beauty & the beast' retelling. My somewhat snarky review can be read here.

The girl with ghost eyes by M.H. Boroson
04/ The girl with ghost eyes by M.H. Boroson > link
I was kind of grossed out by the imaginary and a bit weird out altogether. Even though the setting/plot is quite good, I just couldn't seem to like it.

 Bewitching by Alex Flinn
05/ Bewitching by Alex Flinn > link
After Kendra's backstory about the beginning of her witch powers which is pretty good, the rest of the book is kind of dull consisting of magical assistants that Kendra had done but the central story is the Cinderella story with Emma & Lisette which is a bit annoying and dull, sure there's a happy ending but that story drags. It's focus on Emma & Lisette – neither of which I like or have any sympathy for – is just oddly misplaced, like if they want to tell that story, it should be in its own book. Kendra hardly did anything in that story. She is wasted as we don't even hear about her for pages at a time. I like Kendra but it's like this is a kiddie's book, like they purposely decide Kendra is either too dark or too boring to deserve a full story. Why can't the story be all about Kendra?



Books I can’t believe it took me so long to finish reading
The faster I read the more I like a book but here are some books that took me a long while to finish.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, translated from the German by Anthea Bell
06/ Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, translated from the German by Anthea Bell > link
Several months of pauses because I just didn't seem to have the enthusiasm or the urge to continue reading & I wasn't even certain I want to finish reading it but I did and it turned out to be a good book that I only sort of like. I guess it just seems like everything moves slowly and nothing much really happens. It's not a terrible book but I find it a bit dull.

Shadows on the moon by Zoë Marriott
07/ Shadows on the moon by Zoë Marriott > link
I just could not stand how the protagonist kept on suffering and suffering, it's almost painful to read but I like the setting and the idea of Cinderella with magic so I finished it but even though it did have a happy ending, I still find it a bit depressing to read.

Chime by Franny Billingsley
08/ Chime by Franny Billingsley > link
At first I really like how it was going and then I sort of hate how it was going so I stopped reading it and then I picked it up and then I dropped it and picked up again so it took months to finish but I did and I liked it. It's a hard book to describe so you'll have to read it to judge for yourself.

Favorite Quote: "It's true: I don't get scared; I keep my head in emergencies. People think me a sort of Florence Nightingale, but I have no heroic qualities. I simply don't feel very much."

The complete Sherlock Holmes Volume I & II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
09/ The complete Sherlock Holmes Volume I & II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle > link 1 > link 2
I really do think Sherlock Holmes is the best detective/crime solver in the history of literature but it took me a long while to finish reading these stories – some of them are easier than others but some have really long back stories that I thought is a bit much. Do we need to hear all the little details of the motivation of the crime? I just thought the stories could have been shorter.

Favorite Quote: "A man should keep his little brain-attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use and the rest he can put away in the lumberroom of his library, where he can get it if he wants it."

The fault in our stars by John Green
10/ The fault in our stars by John Green > link
Yep, I took a whole year to read this little book. I did like it but I prefer a happier ending. Augustus Waters aka Gus is a wonderfully, quirky guy and I like his character a whole lot but I hate what happened to him. I really kind of wish it turned out differently. Okay, so it's a book about illness and people do die but come on, it's a book, who says it have to be realistic? I haven't seen the movie because I don't like the casting of Gus.

Favorite Quote: "I couldn't be mad at him for even a moment, and only now that I loved a grenade did I understand the foolishness of trying to save others from my own impending fragmentations: I couldn't unlove Augustus Waters. And I didn't want to."



What book or books you have read that took you a long while to finish? What books did you have read but wished you haven't?

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20 comments:

  1. I didn't particularly care for The Ocean at the End of the Lane either! On the other hand, I did very much enjoy Inkheart :-)

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    1. so many book reviewers gushed about 'the ocean at the end of the lane' , I thought it might be good but no.

      I really would have liked Inkheart if only I have read this as a child but sadly, no.

      thanks for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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  2. TFIOS was on my list this week too, but because I didn't like it.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/top-ten-tuesday-144/

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    1. 'The Fault In Our Stars' is a recommended read, I really wouldn't have bother plus I sort of don't care much for John Green's writing. If there have not been a Gus character in the book, I wouldn't even have finished it.

      have a lovely day.

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  3. I LOVE Sherlock Holmes, but I still haven't gotten around to reading the complete series.

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    1. I do also love Sherlock Holmes but the stories aren't that amazing.

      thanks for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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  4. I've had trouble getting into Neil Gaiman and I'm always a little leery when horror is mixed with a children's story? Inkheart is one I always thought looked kinda good, but if it's slow I'm not sure I would like it. Maybe one of these days :)

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    1. I think inkheart is a pretty good book if only I have read it at a younger age, I really did like the idea of inkheart.

      thanks for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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  5. sorry they didn't work out for you.

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    1. well, a few did work out for me but I think everyone have their preferences and I just happen to read books that aren't really geared toward me.

      thanks for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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  6. I wish Bewitching was about Kendra too! I was dissapointed after loving Beastly.

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    1. the only reason I read Bewitching is because of Kendra in Beastly, otherwise, I wouldn't even touch this book.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

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  7. I honestly think I must have just blown past that sketchy, uncomfortable scene (that happens sometimes with audiobooks - I zone out) in Ocean at the End of the Lane. I just went to check out other reviews to see what you meant, and yeah... probably could have been skipped. I'm very on/off with Neil Gaiman's books... I loved Stardust and The Graveyard Book but hated American Gods. This one was sort of in the middle? It had some lovely scenes and passages and I did like Letty Hempstock. But I can definitely see where this book - any of his books, really - could be unlikable. Ocean is DEFINITELY not a children's book. YA at youngest. It's far too dark and tangled.

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    1. I think most people would not have a problem with that scene but for me, it totally freaked me. I guess not every book is for everyone. I did love 'the graveyard book' & I sort of love 'stardust' but the movie version is way better.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

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  8. I didn't read the book, but I saw the Fault in Our Stars,and thought it was pretty good. Like you, I wish there would have been a happier ending. Hugs...RO

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    1. I didn't see the movie but yeah, it could have used a happier ending.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

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  9. I really liked the Inkheart movie but never got around to reading the book. I used to watch John Green on You Tube but don't enjoy his writing. I tried to read the Neil Gaiman book but didn't get past the first chapter, simply found it boring - but I had to google for what the scene might be that you mentioned. The one with the foot? Yes, that's pretty gross. I wish I hadn't googled for it!

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    1. yes, that is the scene. honest, the internet can really be a bit too helpful sometimes. kind of wish I haven't mentioned it at all. so very sorry.

      have a lovely day.

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  10. Okay, consider me curious about The Ocean at the End of the Lane! Oooh I see the person who commented ahead of me googled it, now I shall too :D Okay yeah I am not reading that book ever basically, so thanks for that! I do love how you broke this list up, too!

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