Today I'm doing something a little different and joining up with a reading link-up. The Broke and the Bookish has a weekly link-up inviting bloggers to list their top ten of something book-related. This week's topic is books you liked more/less than you thought you would. I couldn't think of ten of either, so I've divided the list in half.
Books I liked MORE than I anticipated:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville: I bought this for my Kindle on a whim because I thought it was one of those books I just “ought” to read some time, but it was surprisingly interesting. I skimmed through a few of the chapters focusing on whale biology, but I think I learned a lot nonetheless.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell: Another Kindle purchase. I anticipated liking this book but ended up being unable to put it down. I just loved Margaret Hale and her steely spirit.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: I bought this on sale for the title only and it sat on my shelf for years. I finally forced myself to read it before one of my moves, and it was fantastic. I just can't resist a mystery that involves both nerdy scholars combing through archives and train travel through Eastern Europe.
The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis: My mom lent this to me and I had no expectations about it, but it turned out to be laugh-out-loud funny. Probably most entertaining to Canadians with some knowledge of the political system.
The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer: I read these because the girls at youth group were so obsessed, I had to see what the fuss was all about. They are certainly not the best books I've ever read, but did hold my attention through my vacation. I even bought the third book at the airport in Honolulu and finished it by the time I got to Toronto.
Books I liked LESS than I anticipated:
2666 by Roberto Bolano: Someone recommended this one to me, but either I'm not intellectual enough or the entire book makes no sense.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy: Well, I knew it wasn't supposed to be uplifting, but I enjoyed Far from the Madding Crowd so thought I could handle it. I was wrong. So depressing.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller: I didn't find this book nearly as hilarious as my colleague promised. Maybe it's military humour?
The Castle by Franz Kafka: One of those books I read in my teens to show how cultured I was. I thought it would fit in with my feelings of teen angst, but instead I got bored. Maybe I should try it again one of these days...
The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro: Ishiguro is a master of stories where you don't really understand what's going on at first, but they gradually become clearer as you get deep into the story. Except in this one they never get clear. It's like a never-ending series of trippy dreams.