Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ten Books About Which I Had Very Strong Emotions


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Top Ten Books About Which I Had Very Strong Emotions:

DISLIKED INTENSELY:
1.      Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe. Makes me wanna put my head against a door jamb and slam. Repeatedly. Cannot get through it.

2.      Possession by A.S. Byatt. This is on many lists of Best Books Ever. But it’s about poets and poems and the scholars who study poems. And did I mention poems? Not exactly first class action.

3.      Moby Dick by Herman Melville. My goal in life: never read this book.

4.      Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell. Could a person BE more negative? The author’s pessimism really ruined what could have been a really fun read.

SCARED ME OUT OF MY BOOTS:

      5.      The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Cannibals with human flesh stuck in their teeth? Spooky! 

LAUGHED:

6.      Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. So funny. The ridiculous main character reminded me of myself. Not that I am ever ridiculous. Of course not.

7.      The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Love this dude’s sense of humor!

8.      Anything by Frank McCourt. He has such a funny narrative voice and the fact that he maintained a sense of humor even through tragedy is wonderful. I mean, I realize that you would not find Angela’s Ashes in the humor section, but I appreciate the light-hearted, resilient way he views life.

CRIED:

9.      Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. Nathan walked in on me reading this, and noting my sobs, quickly turned on his heel and fled the scene.  To set the scene: it’s the final good-bye of a husband and wife, as the wife is about to travel in time to her rightful place in the future (don’t you dare snort/snicker/laugh. It’s very believable, I tell you!) and the husband ventures bravely to fight at the Battle of Culloden alongside his men, hunky Scottish warriors, all:

“I will find you,” he whispered in my ear. “I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you—then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.”
            His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.
            “Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.”

10.  The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. An animal lover cannot read this dry-eyed.

8 comments:

thelibrarianreads said...

Honestly just teared up re-reading the Jamie/Claire goodbye!!! Sooo good.

And I second your goal in life of never reading Moby Dick...It's a guy in a boat searching for a whale. Reminds me of The Old Man and the Sea...must be a guy thing?...

SweetestLittleBookworm said...

The Road! A great, great book - but yes, the flesh in the teeth was a bit spooky!

I'm planning on reading the Outlander books in 2012. Every single thing I've heard and read about them is as lovely as what you have to say. I can't wait to get started!

~Asheley (Into the Hall of Books)

Shannon (Giraffe Days) said...

I had to really force myself to finish Possession - can I call it boring and pretentious?

I only read Julia Child's My Life in France because I didn't like the Julie half of that movie, and it was really good!

I loved Can You Keep a Secret?! It was one of her funniest and probably my favourite Kinsella book.

I've never read Tom Sawyer - I didn't know it was a funny book!

I have Dragonfly in Amber on my list too :)

Here's my list.

rachelkiwi said...

madame librarian, i know. i can't read it anymore, i will get too emotional!

asheley, yes! read Outlander. you wont regret it!

shannon, im glad you agree about possession. i guess not everyone loves that book.

tom sawyer is hilarious!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Forgive me, but I was completely into Possession. The dual love stories captivated me. (I must, in all honesty, reveal that I skipped over most of the poetry.)

Shannon (Giraffe Days) said...

Deb, I quite liked the story, but I really felt the writing got in the way of really being able to enjoy it. That said, I know a lot of fans loved the writing, but her style really didn't work for me. If I think of the story on its own, it was a good story. Could have been waaaay shorter though!

rachelkiwi said...

well deb, you give me hope that i'll be able to finish it in the next couple of months!

and shannon, the story IS an interesting one... it just didn't suck me in, either!

but i'm gonna make a valiant effort to finish! 2012 book goal: finish the books that have been in the "currently reading" pile for 18-36 mos!

Shannon (Giraffe Days) said...

Oh wow I thought it was just me who does that! I must have 20 books I've been "currently" reading for the last two years - I was thinking about a resolution just like that for next year. I hate having unfinished books lying around, I feel almost like they're holding me back from enjoying a new book. Guilt, I think the feeling is. ;)