Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week Joe and I are both here to share some hyped books we haven’t read.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I know this is a classic science-fiction book, I’ve heard so many people talk about it. And I have been meaning to read it, I nearly picked up a copy last time I was in Waterstones. But it’s like really short and I don’t see the point in paying nearly £10 for a book that I will finish in a few hours. I will almost definitely pick up a copy if I come across one in a charity shop.
Divergent by Veronica Roth. So all I know about this book is that it’s a YA dystopia and its “just okay”. And for like a 3 book series it needs to be better than just okay for me to want to read it.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Okay so I have actually started this, but I’ve only read like a chapter. And it was so boring. Like really really really boring, apart from the film adaption I don’t understand why this book is hyped so much.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen. Around christmas time I read a book called Love Letters To The Dead and from what I read on the internet it was basically a clone of Perks. They are both about shy and introverted characters and I am an introverted person but from what I can tell Perks makes it seem like that is a bad thing and is something which needs to be fixed. Which is ridiculous.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Okay so I know this is normally something kids read when they are in high school and I know everyone went nuts a few months ago when it was announced that they had found a manuscript of another book by Harper Lee. But I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Apparently Harper Lee is a good author. I don’t know. To be honest I only learned last month that Harper Lee is in fact a woman.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I just couldn’t get into it. I own a copy, but it was so dense and… boring. I find it hard to get into something about rich white people complaining about their rich white people problems. Like Dickens its the kind of thing I probably SHOULD read in the interest of narrative study but… not today, Austen!
Fifty Shades of Rape by E. L. James (did I get that right?). I’m currently doing an internship with Harlequin Publishing, one of the world’s biggest publishers of romance fiction. I read my first romance novel the other day. From what I’ve seen, romance is a popular, very self-aware genre that provides a very specific audience with very specific, tailored stories. Fifty Shades, on the other hand, seems to me to be a handbook on why it’s ok for your boyfriend to rape you, so long as he’s rich. I haven’t read it, hence it is on this list, and I don’t intend on ever providing Vintage Books with any more money for this book. [Rant over]
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Claire. Look… I’m a 22-year-old who adores reading (and writing) YA fiction, and my younger sister has begged me to read The Mortal Instruments. I have the first two books in the series on my shelf, and to be honest I probably will read them. But from the couple of chapters I’ve read of the first title, I did find the writing to be a bit too simplistic for the targeted audience.
Dickens. He’s one of those classics whom everyone is ‘supposed’ to read, and I have started several of Dickens’ novels. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations were the two I got furthest in, but I just found myself becoming bored of the characters, especially since I found it very hard to relate to them. Given my growing interest in literature and narrative theory I’m sure I’ll get round to reading him at some point… But for now I think I’ll be sticking to my modern novels.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. To be fair, I know almost nothing about Gilbert’s memoir. I think it links again into the same sort of thing as Austen; for me it’s quite hard to get into something that’s aimed at a demographic into which I don’t fall. Perhaps as I get older it will be the kind of thing I’d like to read.