December 31, 2008

Failure to Read & The Worst List: 2008

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Before I list The Worst list, I want to start with my Failure to Read list, which also could be called "It's not you it's me list." These are books I started and couldn't finish or books that never clicked with me.

Finished but not feeling the love:

Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I really wanted to like this collection of poems but it just didn't work out the way I planned. Maybe it's me and I'm not a poetry person but I found her work to be flowery. I thought her non-love poetry was more interesting though.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
I love Jane, really, I want a "What Would Jane Do?" t-shirt, but Mansfield Park just didn't do it for me. Mostly, it was that doormat Fanny (see below).

Failure to Finish:

Farworld by J Scott Savage
It was summer, I was distracted plus I felt a bit of pressure from myself to post something about it. I'm not really a YA fantasy reader anyway so I never did finish it.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I loved East of Eden and wanted to loved this too. Maybe it was bad timing but with the economy in the news, reading this was too much of a downer. I will read it someday though.

Now on to the Worst List! I'm pretty lucky that it's not often I come across a stinky book. Either that or I'm easy to please. So my worst list is rather short.

The Worst

Most Annoying Character: Fanny Price from Mansfield Park. I much preferred her rival, Miss Crawford. She needs to get a little life in her, plus she gets the guy by default. ("Default? Woo hoo! The two sweetest words in the English language") The lesson here? Just wait long enough for your man to be so disappointed in love he's sure to look your way.

Dashed Expectations: I didn't have any expectations for The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor since I'd never heard of it before but once I started reading I wanted more from this book. Just when I thought we were going somewhere, the guy would 'forget'. Where is all the action?

Most Frustrating: The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank had to have the most confusing layout ever. It jumped around the life of a woman named Jane Rosenthal. However, smack dab in the middle another character appears who has nothing to do with Jane and then *ta-da* disappears, never to be seen again. Someone call Unsolved Mysteries! Then there is a confusing story told in 2nd person (huh?) about a woman with cancer. What is going on here?!

Strangest Ending: Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy. Headline: Gentle Dairymaid Turns Knife Welding Maniac. 'Nuff said.

So, there you have it! I hope you all had the reading year I did. It was pretty good.

8 comments :

  1. I so agree with your opinion of "The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing". I wanted to like it... but I just couldn't.
    Enjoyed your post.

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  2. My 20-year old niece (a big Jane Austen fan) and I amused ourselves by taking the "Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?" on Facebook. We both turned out to be Fanny Price. We found another version of the quiz, and both turned out to be Elinor Dashwood. My sweet niece remarked wistfully, "I wonder what sort of people turn out to be Elizabeth Bennet?"

    Some of us are just born to be sensible doormats, I guess.

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  3. I love your worst list, Chris. Or maybe it's more your witty comments that I especially like. :-)

    I'll eventually be giving Mansfield a try--I'll consider myself warned.

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  4. Aw, Rob, I hope we can still be friends.

    Feline- Rob loves Mansfield Park so you might too.

    Thanks Debbie.

    Onion- Glad to be of service.

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  5. I liked Mansfield Park but then again I read it after seeing the 'new classic' on Masterpiece.

    Tess. Oh, Tess. If only a knife wielding maniac had shown up in the first 30 pages. Horrid book.

    Fun lists, Chris!

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  6. I hear you on The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing! That was not a great book...

    How's the weather up there? Are you shovelled out yet?

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  7. "It's not you it's me list." - Haha that's awesome!

    I'm still on the fence about starting 'The Amnesiac' At one point I was near dying with wanting to read it, now I look at it and think 'meh'

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