On this week’s instalment of The Broke and the Bookish‘s meme we’re talking about books that gave you a hard time. I tend to get a bit (okay, very) critical when it comes to books I don’t like so I apologise in advance if any of the ones listed here are books you like. This list is quite an odd mix of different things but I think it’ll be pretty obvious that I’m not great with classics.
1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
I hated every character in this book. Every. Single. One. They were all absolutely terrible people and they deserved every bit of suffering they got. Only problem was that they were clearly set on me suffering along with them.
2. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
I don’t think I’ll ever come across a book character as whiny as Holden Caulfield. I know he’s supposed to be the voice of a generation, yada, yada, blah, blah… don’t care. Kid was a damn nightmare. Go home and find a bigger question in life than where the ducks go in winter.
3. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
This one had potential at the beginning but by half way I just couldn’t deal with how sickening the romance had become. The moment the term “Vampire wife” came up, I was well and truly done. Vom.
4. The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
Another one I had such high hopes for but once again, the romance was just too melodramatic for me to take anything seriously. Honestly, when the most enjoyable part of the book is the section where everyone is starving and freezing to death, you know it’s bad. And yes, I’m fully aware that I’m a terrible person.
5. Earth’s End – Elise Kova
I actually really enjoyed the first two books in this series but by this point the plot had started to verge on silly and the characters were doing so many stupid, annoying things, I was in struggle town. Population me. I didn’t continue with the series after this.
6. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
This is a bit of a weird one. I had to read it for school and while reading it was the biggest chore of my life, I actually really loved discussing and analysing it. However, if I hadn’t been required to, there’s no way I would have finished it. Every character is frustrating as hell and nothing ever seems to make sense – obviously absurdist, non-chronological books aren’t for me.
7. Soundless – Richelle Mead
I absolutely love Richelle Mead as an author. Her urban fantasy books are great and her characters are both witty and wonderful. This book probably should have been titled “Soulless” because that’s how it felt. It wasn’t terrible, just as boring as a block of wood and a massive disappointment.
8. Fallen – Lauren Kate
I think I risked rolling my eyeballs out of my head at the sheer ridiculousness of this book. The plot is, to put it bluntly, stupid and all but about one character lacks any sense or personality. The love interest acts like a complete jerk to the main character and yet she’s still drawn to him *face palm*. YA romance at its trope-y worst.
9. The White Queen – Philippa Gregory
I found this an okay read for the majority of the story but boy, does the last third of the novel drag. *Spoiler* Once Edward dies, you really just want it to be over but on it goes, and on… I think I’d kind of stopped caring even before that happened though.
10. Atonement – Ian McEwan
It’s odd, because while I feel like this is actually a decent book and the plot was engaging, it was the writing style that bogged me down so much. McEwan loves description. Like, REALLY loves it. As in willing to spend an entire chapter from the perspective of a woman with a headache listening to the sounds of the household and thinking about her family. I know there are people that love this kind of thing. I just don’t have the patience for it. I want to get to the dramatic bits, now!
Which books have you guys struggled to finish?