Books I Almost Put Down

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with the Broke and the Bookish is the top ten books we almost put down but didn’t.  I like this one because I tend to read books despite them starting to shape up to be awful and sometimes it works out, but others I really probably should have just put the book down.
  1. The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis.    I have been reading this book very slowly for the past 3 years.  I have put it down at least twice for a period of a few months only to pick it back up.  Now, I am reading it for bedtime reading on those nights or days where I am in bed and want to read but didn’t bring my current book with me.  It isn’t bad, although, it is very conspiracy theory-ish (and with good reason).  I just find it gets to me a bit much and can be choppy at times.  I continue to be glad that I am sticking with it, so I count that as a win.
  2. The Host by Stephanie Meyer.  If I could get my time back, I probably wouldn’t have read it.  It was a bizarre concept and very full of love-triangle and implausibilities, both of which I hate.  It didn’t get better, but the win was that it didn’t get any worse.
  3. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay.  This book was SO SAD that I wept through almost its entirety.  When I first started reading it (and crying) Patrick tried to convince me to put it down and I refused.  It did not get any happier.
  4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  I barely got through it in high school.  Just too much angst and bitter for me.  The second read was better, but there was still a point when Catherine and Heathcliff were old enough to torment one another senseless or when the narrator got rambly, I wanted to put it down.  It is a good book.  I would say it is worth the not putting down.
  5. Emma by Jane Austen.  The drama got confusing at times and when I got confused, I would get frustrated and want to put the book down.  That being said, my drive to actually figure out what the heck was going on and who was with who and such overwhelmed the book putting down urge and kept me reading.
  6. Red Rising by Pierce Brown.  This is one of those books I am so very glad I did not put down.  After the first chapter when this dystopian universe was being set up, I was bored by the mining stuff and such and was tempted to turf it.  But, I couldn’t justify putting down a book because of the first chapters (that took me a week to read because of interruptions).  The book was far better than the first pages.
  7. Exit Papers From Paradise by Liam Card.  I should have put this one down.  When you realize that the main character is a psychopathic narcissist, it should be a sign.  The most satisfying (and yet dissatisfying part) is that **spoiler alert*** he dies in the end.

That is all I have for now.

What books did you want to put down, but chose not to?  Was it worth it?

4 thoughts on “Books I Almost Put Down

  1. I haven’t read any of these (though I plan to Emma, but thankfully I already know the story and I know Austen is a little hard for me to get through), but a friend of mine actually hated Wuthering Heights so much she more or less swore off reading afterward. She’s a little weird about some things, but still, I can’t help but wonder what about it caused so much disdain from her!

    • The whole swearing off reading because of Wuthering Heights thing is sad, but I can kind of see why someone would at least consider swearing of that generation of classics. Emma is tough, but in the end, I kind of liked it, so I will say it is worth a shot.

  2. I’ve read When Smoke Ran Like Water by Devra Davis and it was also pretty conspiracy theory-ish. She had some very interesting things but some things were just so… political and a little odd. I still learned a lot from her, but it also took me a looong time to get through it. I wouldn’t read her cancer book only because I’m quite happy with what I learned from The Emperor of All Maladies. It’s enough for me given that I’m most likely not specialising in oncology 🙂

    • I haven’t read that one. I think her style is political and a little odd.
      I loved The Emperor of All Maladies. Loved.
      My morbid fascination with cancer and my future career make me feel compelled to read many things cancer to try to see where everyone is coming from. That being said, I would say definitely avoid The Secret History of the War on Cancer unless you have a similar kind of fascination.

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