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January 30: Books I Can’t Believe I Read.

These are books I wish I hadn’t spent the time on. In alphabetical order, as always.

  1. Crime & Punishment; Fydor Dostoyevsky. By the time I tackled this, I already knew I didn’t like much classic literature, but I read it anyway.

2. The Roanoke Girls; Amy Engel. Another deeply creepy book, that if warned, I wouldn’t have read.

3. Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies; Seth Grahame-Smith. If this had been a real variation, instead of a butchered version of the original, it could have been cool. Alas, it is not.

4. Tess of the D’Urbervilles; Thomas Hardy. I had to read this for a class, but I’m amazed I finished it.

5. The Library of Fates; Aditi Khorana. The reviews warned me this wasn’t a great book, but I was just so enticed by the summary. The reviews were right.

6. Breaking Dawn; Stephanie Meyer. A friend loaned me all of the Twilight books when they first became popular. I read the first one, and out of a misguided need to finish, then finished the series. I have since gotten a little better at letting go.

7. Gravity’s Rainbow; Thomas Pynchon. I should have realized that the comparisons to Ulysses, which I DNF’d, were a bad sign.

8. Unwind; Neal Shusterman. If someone had warned me how deeply creepy this series would turn out to be, I’d have run screaming.

 

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

7 responses »

  1. Breaking Dawn was definitely the weakest link in that series. I hated the second half.

  2. FranL says:

    Aw, I love Tess of the D’Urbervilles, but I can definitely see why someone might not. It’s pretty depressing, to say the least! I’m not usually a huge fan of Russian literature (some shows up on my list too) but I liked Crime and Punishment more than most of the other Russian novels I’ve read. The Twilight Saga makes an appearance on my list too:
    https://franlaniado.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-cant-believe-i-read/

    • I read it as part of a women’s lit class–and all but one of the female protagonists (of 12 or so) ended up dead at the end of the book… ;(

      • FranL says:

        Yeah, that’s why I can see why someone might not like it. But I think a lot depends on how its framed. I might not have liked it as part of a women’s lit class, but I read it as part of a 19th century lit class, which dealt with different aspects of the book than a women’s lit class might have.

  3. Leah says:

    Ugh Thomas Hardy! What a weighty writer! I read The Mayor of Casterbridge for a class but, although I enjoyed it, I’m not sure if it’s because of the actual content or because I was just proud of myself for getting through. Great list!

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