Over on YouTube, there is a Top 5 Wednesday family, where a large community of people answer different Top 5s each week. It was started by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and I’ve been watching a number of the videos every Wednesday so I thought I’d participate over here on my blog!
This week’s Top 5 is books I struggled with, but ultimately ended up finishing!
5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I read the entire Hunger Games trilogy back-to-back, and after loving the two first books, I was incredibly bored by the final book. The politics were confusing and dry, and did not make a good or satisfying conclusion to what had been such a strong trilogy. I had blasted through both ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Catching Fire’ in just over a week, but it took nearly two to struggle through ‘Mockingjay’. I have no earthly idea how they are going to get enough material to make it into two movies.
4. The World Is Moving Around Me by Dany Laferierre
This is a book that was on the syllabus for one of my English Literature courses in my third year of university. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this book, I just found myself stumbling over the bluntness of the narrative and the subject matter. In the end, I finished the book but I don’t think I got very much out of it, and I avoided writing about it in a final exam.
3. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
I really, really disliked this book. I read it in Grade 10 for my English class, and I believe my dislike of this book stemmed from the dislike of my teacher and the way she taught, so maybe I should re-read it on my own now that I’m older… but probably not. Personally, I found the premise confusing at the time and didn’t find the characters interesting or engaging.
2. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
Another book read for school – this one all the way back in Grade 6. I was having such a hard time getting through it that I had to lock myself in my room with no other distractions in order to force myself to read. It was the very first time I ever had to force myself to read a book.
1. The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
I. Hated. This. Book. I generally have spot on judgment with books I buy, and I tend to enjoy them, at least marginally. But for this book, I made the mistake of purchasing a book based on the title and boy was that a mistake. I won’t bother reiterating how much I disliked it, so if you feel like reading more of my thoughts about it, you can check my review out here.
Have a good Wednesday, and happy reading!