Unlike the other Cecile’s writers, I won’t be giving a list of my worst reads of the year. The reason is that it’s been a bad reading year when it comes to sheer numbers. I simply haven’t had a lot of time – or to be more precise – the energy, due to illness, to read a lot.
Because of this, I immediately stopped reading a book that didn’t totally grab me. I preferred to spend my reading time on enticing stories. In previous years, I’ve always given books a sporting chance, reading at least a hundred pages or more. Sometimes, I finished the book even though I don’t like it all that much.
What I would like to give instead is a list of books I feel I should read because so many different people have recommended them to me over the course of several years. I often pick these books up, but for some reason decide not to open the cover, or I stop reading after the first ten pages.
- The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Does anyone have an idea why I can’t get into these books? Apparently they are definitely worth the read.