Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
This book is full of racist-filled vitriol,
until the final chapters.
Glad I persevered.

Mein Kampf
I almost skipped this,
but I am content to admit that I read this
interminable, tedious, self-serving, autobiography. Yuck.

Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
What a train wreck! Totally overrated.
But at least I know that now.

The Portrait of a Lady
Henry James
One of the most frustrating stories I have ever read.
I'm still seething at Henry James.
(Update: Right now, I am reading Tess of D'Urbervilles,
and Hardy may have taken James' place.)

The Histories
The Ancients are like spinach;
healthy for you, but . . .

The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself
This autobiography was about one woman's exhausting quest
to be worthy enough, except, we never will be worthy.
Hence, I took the opportunity to explain why.

The Stranger
Albert Camus
The absurd story about the absurd philosophy of Absurdism;
yet it was another perfect opportunity to discuss truth.

Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
The only thing I can say is,
"I read it, and now I know why almost everyone hates it."

The Book of Margery Kempe
Margery Kempe
This poor woman was not the only one tormented and tortured.


  1. I do admire your perseverance! As you say, even books we dislike can add to our knowledge and insight, but I don't think I would have the patience to plough through so many.

    1. Often I may struggle with the choice to quit or plough through. It's tough. I hate quitting a book, but I also don't care to read through a book I am not liking. But it's got to be worth it. That's just something everyone has to figure out if they are struggling to finish.

  2. I'm rather surprised that The Last of the Mohicans doesn't appear here. I thought at least you disliked it more than Grapes of Wrath..😁

    1. Oh, true; however, I was never able to finish it. So these are books I'm glad I read and finished, but may have struggled through them in the meanwhile.

      PS I think I even got rid of Last of the Mohicans b/c I know I'll never pick it up again.

  3. Thanks for making me laugh out loud. I'm very intrigued by your comments on each of these books. I've only read (and disliked) Wuthering Heights, but I've always wanted to read Mein Kampf.

  4. Those look like such brave choices! I had to read The Grapes of Wrath for High School, and each page seemed to drag on for a year. And yes, Henry James and Thomas Hardy would have to be contenders for most depressing novelist. Wuthering Heights, I didn't mind so much, but not because of Heathcliff and Cathy. I remember getting good grades for delving into the setting, themes and generational plot, and that probably made it nostalgic :) None of your others I feel tempted to pick up.