Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s topic is “TenSix Books I Can’t Believe I Read.” I’m interpreting this prompt as books that I can’t believe I powered through because I ended up despising them with every fiber of my being! (That’s why there are only six; I’ve learned to DNF now, lol.) Here’s my list:

  1. The Walking Dead, Volume 5, The Best Defense by Robert Kirkman: I was so looking forward to continuing with this series, but this issue did me in. It was too graphic, too vivid, and too disturbing. I knew going into the graphic novels that they would be violent and graphic, but there are some things I just don’t need to see in detail, like a woman (or man or anyone) brutally raped and beaten over and over again WITH VERY GRAPHIC IMAGERY FOR SEVERAL PAGES.
  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell: While I’m glad I can say I’ve read Animal Farm, I absolutely despised it. I’ll be the first to admit that because Animal Farm was written with animals and as a satire, it went over my head. I’m a very literal person and I love animals too much to see them get slaughtered. If Animal Farm had been written without animals and not as a satire, I may have liked it.
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger: I thought The Catcher in the Rye had absolutely no plot and was completely pointless. I still don’t know what it’s about.
  4. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger: I liked the movie much better. The book was way too long and drawn out! I got bored with it after 200 pages.
  5. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: I was so utterly disappointed with The Haunting of Hill House that I wanted to cry. Okay, not really, but this book was horrible! I was bored to death. The movie is much more exciting.
  6. The Last Battle by CS Lewis: The Last Battle was definitely not my cup of tea. I was so mad that this was how The Chronicles of Narnia ended. I was mad at CS Lewis for allowing the donkey into “Heaven” but not Susan. However, I put this one last on the list because unlike the previous five, I’m willing to give this one another try.

What books can you not believe you read?

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Exactly. I don’t mind violence either, but there are just some things I can’t unsee and this is one of them. It makes me sad because I loved the TV show up until they killed off my favorite character, lol.

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  1. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    At least you could only come up with six. I could have come up with hundreds. 😉 I’m still sad you hate Catcher in the Rye. I love it.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Lol. I probably could’ve put a few two-star reads on this list but I decided to stick with 1-star reads only. And, I really wanted to like it. But, it just didn’t do it for me.

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  2. Greg Hill
    Greg Hill says:

    Ha ha DNF’ing sometimes is necessary! I actively avoid The Walking Dead comics even though I watch the show- I’ve heard they’re VERY graphic and I don’t really go in for that (and yes I watch the show- not sure why!) And I don’t think I got the LAst Battle at all when I was a kid, I sometimes wonder if I should re- read that whole series.

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  3. Kay
    Kay says:

    I didn’t like Catcher in the Rye – read it in high school. I am going to try The Haunting of Hill House. I’ve watched a movie adaptation and enjoyed that. We’ll see how I fare with the book. It’s on my new Classics Club list and I’ll likely read it this fall. The Devil Wear Prada – have not read the book – thought the movie was great. Think I’ll just skip the book. Good for you that your DNF meter is charged up. Life is way too short!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I agree. Life is way too short to spend it one books we’re not enjoying. 🙂 I hope you like The Haunting of Hill House more than I did. I think seeing the adaptation I did ruined it for me.

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  4. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Oh, I’m with you about so many of these. Catcher in the Rye made no impression on me — I just couldn’t relate or care at all. And I didn’t find Hill House scary, which is too bad. I do love some other works by Shirley Jackson. The Last Battle was an awful end to the series! It really bothered me to end that way (and I think I’ve decided that in my own head, the series ends with the previous book. Much happier that way!) Now, I am a Walking Dead fan, and I’ve read all the volumes released so far (28, I think?) — but if this is the one I’m thinking of (the Governor?), then yes, it’s brutal and horrible and over the top. But I kept going anyway…

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