Saturday, August 7, 2010

Novels You Shouldn't Give Up On

Okay, I kind of avoided blogging this week, because if I did... I would no doubt have had to mention how happy I am about the Prop 8 ruling and that would surely have opened a big can of worms.

So, let's see... if I can't talk about politics, what can I talk I talk about?

Uh, books? That's somewhat safe.

Sometimes you really have to struggle to stay with a book in the beginning, but it totally pays off in the end. I found this to be the case with A Thousand Splendid Suns. Very slow for the first 100 pages, but I ended up loving it!

I am sort of dealing with that now with Life of Pi. I am having trouble getting into it, but from what I have heard, it is worth sticking with!

What's one novel that you are really glad that you didn't give up on???


Sherrie Petersen said...

Jellicoe Road was like that for me. The only reason I kept reading was because people had said how good it was. By the time I got to the end I was glad I kept at it, otherwise I would have stopped fifty pages into it.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Mother of Pearl was a hard one for me to get through, but it stays with you for a long time afterward.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I still haven't made it past the first 50 pages of Jellicoe Road, but I'll try again because so many people say to.

Julie Hedlund said...

Both Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Cutting for Stone were like that for me, but I'm so glad I stuck with both!

storyqueen said...

I actually found the Book Thief a bit hard to start...but it is now one of my favorites of all time.


Paul Michael Murphy said...

Smart move on not posting on Prop 8. I have a hell of a time refraining for political posts.

My slow starters have already been mentioned: The Book Thief, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I gave up on Jellicoe Road.

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, gosh... guess I am never picking up Jellicoe Road.

Carey Hagan said...

Originally, I felt the same way about the Life of Pi. I stuck with it, and now it is one of my favorite books of all time. I just adore it. I had a hard time at first with The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, but once I stuck it out, I thought it was brilliant. I can't wait for his new one: I hope it doesn't disappoint me like Yann Martel's new one did.

Shane Leavy said...

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. It's incredibly heavy and dense with description so for the first half of the book I was bored. Gradually, though, the descriptions pulled together and revealed the most astonishing fantasy story, becoming a brilliant novel.

Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is another that bored me with its descriptions until the fantasy kicked in ;)