Hooray, I’m finally going to be able to spend an entire weekend at home, relaxing. Thank God! This will give me some time to catch up on a couple of memes (thanks Julie and T Y) and write a couple of book reviews to post next week. Just for fun, and because it’s Friday and I don’t want to work too hard, I’ve decided to write an easy post about highly regarded and/or popular novels that left me wondering about all the hoopla.
1. Housekeeping–Marilynne Robinson
This novel was a dead bore. I managed to finish it and then wondered why I bothered to waste all that reading time. It got such good reviews that I still feel like a dumbass for not enjoying it.
2. Gilead–Marilynne Robinson
This was even worse than Housekeeping. I didn’t finish it. I guess Ms. Robinson just isn’t my style!
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time–Mark Haddon
I could not suspend disbelief at all while reading this one. Aspberger’s, smaspberger’s; the author didn’t know what he was talking about.
4. The Time Traveler’s Wife–Audrey Niffenegger
Boooring! Jesus, get together already! Do something, anything! Shoot each other (or me) in the head, just get this over with!
5. The Pact–Jodi Picoult
Actually, anything by Jodi Picoult. I do not like the way she writes.
6. The Dogs of Babel–Carolyn Parkhurst
Once again, suspension of disbelief problems. Also, I read the first couple of chapters, and then became afraid that there was going to be animal cruelty somewhere along the way.
7. The Historian–Elizabeth Kostova
Incredibly monotonous, and I really tried with this novel–twice!
8. White Teeth–Zadie Smith
I just could not get into this. Something about her writing really grated on me, so I only read a couple of chapters.
9. The Book Thief–Markus Zuzak
I’ve tried this several times, and I can’t seem to get past the first two or three chapters. Maybe I’ll try again later.
10. Twilight–Stephanie Meyer
I got about halfway through this and then wondered why I stuck with it so long. This is pedestrian tripe with terrible grammar. The main characters are beautiful, of course, and oh, the vampires “glitter!” Ugh. Please don’t hate me if you’re a Twilight fan.
Are there novels like these that leave you cold? I’d love to hear about them!