Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is: Books I Can’t Believe I Read…This should be fun. Interestingly, I have rated some of these books as high as 3 stars (what’s wrong with me).

1.Pride and Prejudice aka no plot and lots of manners by Jane Austen : As Mark Twain beautifully put it: “I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” I, unfortunately, feel the same way.
2. Sheepshagger by Niall Griffiths
: Too disturbing. Especially the sheep shagging part(s)…
3. Unnecessary Fifty Shades of too much Grey  and the rest of it by E.L. James
: This would have been great as unknown internet fanfiction, not an international bestseller.
4.The Chronicles of Blarnia by Aslan hater Michael Gerber
: This is a book for people who hate Narnia…but no one hates it. So this is a big problem of a book. Oh and the author also hates Harry Potter and Downtown Abbey. I just can’t. 
5. The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq
: Basically sex is the only meaning of life and we hear this from a man named Daniel who clones himself like 20 times . Then it’s supposed to be science fiction and that should be exciting but it’s not. I’ve never read anything more boring.
6. The Interpretation of Dreams and how everything is about sex by Sigmund Freud
: How basically every dream has a sexual interpretation… I think gypsies nailed explaining dreams way better.
7. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
: It feels like a 600-pages long rant about nothing. “Resist much, obey little.”  How does this make any sense? The most annoying part about Leaves of Grass is that it theoretically could be good. But there’s no comparing this with Sylvia Plath…
8. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
: Imagine watching a movie on super slow-motion.  Like 0,25 of the normal speed. That’s how I felt about this book. I think I missed the plot because of that slowness too. Does it get better? 
9. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn“. Also can I just slap Scarlett because she was so annoying.
10. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
: Lacking meaning. Makes not want to go on a road trip…

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What books can’t you believe you’ve read? Have you read any of these? Thoughts?
Happy TTT! :)

Top Ten Folio Society Covers

As always, Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: “Cover Theme Freebie: literally anyyyything about covers….top ten covers that scream Spring, ten books with ice cream on the cover, ten books with blue covers, etc. etc.” I decided to show you all my favorite Folio Society covers….now I still have to save enough of money to buy all these pretty babies.

1.  Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Illustrated by Illustrated by Andrew Davidson

“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
― Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by John Tenniel

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Dave McKean

“Hey,” said Shadow. “Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are.”
The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.
“Say ‘Nevermore,'” said Shadow.
“Fuck you,” said the raven.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

4. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Illustrated by Maurice and Edward J. Detmold

“Now, don’t be angry after you’ve been afraid. That’s the worst kind of cowardice.”
― Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

6.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Illustrated by Sam Wolfe Connelly

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

7. The Shining by Stephen King
Illustrated by Edward Kinsella

 “Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.”
― Stephen King, The Shining

8.  A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Illustrated by Ben Jones

“The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.”
― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

9. Mort by Terry Pratchett
Illustrated by Omar Rayyan

“Albert grunted. “Do you know what happens to lads who ask too many questions?”
Mort thought for a moment.
“No,” he said eventually, “what?”
There was silence.
Then Albert straightened up and said, “Damned if I know. Probably they get answers, and serve ’em right.”
― Terry Pratchett, Mort

10. The Narrative  of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe
Illustrated by David Lupton

“Sensations are the great things, after all. Should you ever be drowned or hung, be sure and make a note of your sensations; they will be worth to you ten guineas a sheet.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket and Related Tales

All pictures from Folio Society website.
Happy TTT!