Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Wanted to Throw at Walls

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.  Don't forget to visit their blog!

This week's topic is a freebie.  So I chose to do: Books I've wanted to throw at walls.

Because you know you've read books and gotten so aggravated that you really did want to throw them, or maybe actually did throw them!

Here is my list.

1. The Metamorphosis by Kafka.  I just hated this book.  But I had to read it for my German lit class.  I hated Georg and I just thought the whole thing was dumb.  I understand why it's a classic, and I've actually recommended it to Boyfriend, but it's just not my cup of tea.

2. The Moment by Douglas Kennedy.  Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book, but there were long stretches that were really boring and unnecessary (in my opinion) and I almost did throw this one at the wall.

3. Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carre.  The ending had me fuming for days.  I remember distinctly throwing this one down on the ground after I finished it.

4. L'assommoir by Emile Zola.  Don't get me wrong, I love Zola and I really liked this book, but sometimes Gervaise made the stupidist decisions and I could see her life spirally out of control in front of my eyes and I felt bad for her because she could have stopped it from happening.

5. Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimoore Cooper.  I mean come on.  I don't need 80 pages describing a bush.  And do you really think that the Native Americans aren't going to notice that you are human dressed up as a giant badger?????? 

6. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.  I really thought I'd like this one, but I just couldn't get over how he was on this deserted island and decided to build a table and chairs.  Really??  I was supposed to read this for an English lit class and got not even half way through and just had to stop.  I know a lot of people who love it, but I am not one of them. 

7. Le rouge et le noir by Stendhal.  I've slowly been working away at this one for what, maybe 2 years now??  I want to read it so badly, but it is ridiculous.  Julien is a whiny little child and his love interest the mayor's wife (whose name I can't even remember right now..) is madly in love with him and I don't get it!  He's like the original emo kid who cries at the drop of a hat and she thinks it's cute.  I should probably just sit down and finish it once and for all, but the book would probably fall apart from all the times I'm about to rip it up.

And I'm going to stop my list at 7.  I know there's more I could add, but I think these guys really sum up the strongest feelings.

What about you?  What books have you ever wanted to throw at a wall?


  1. Ow yes I know that feeling. There are some titles on my DNF shelves that qualify. Though you have some here that would cause serious dents in your wall. Great top ten!

    1. Ha yes, I think we've all had that feeling. I've actually only physically thrown a handful though.

  2. I was tempted to throw Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing at the wall. The first section of the book could stand alone as a long story or a novella. Bad things happen at the end of the section (it's Cormac McCarthy after all). Then there is a long section with lots of traveling through Mexico and talking to blind guys and other holy fools. In the end I liked the book, but enough with the guys in the desert.

  3. Oooh, nice list -- some ambitious reads -- my list wouldn't be that classic-heavy -- lots of contemporary books I loathed, like Sena Jeter Naslund's Adam & Eve or both of M.L. Malcolm's novels. I'll have to meditate on the other seven...

  4. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, which I think I actually did throw! Oh...and My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk, which just made me feel so stupid I had to lock myself in a room to finish the last 200 pages. Which took 4 hours!