Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Books I Love...and Hate

It's paradoxical (but isn't most truth?) but some of the books I loved the most were the ones that I also hated the most. Odd.

The Things They Carried
Loved the beauty of the words; hated painful parts of the story.

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Loved the writing; hated the relationship between the son and the mother.

The Pillars of the Earth
Loved the plot; hated the length of the novel.

The Road
Loved the relationship of son and dad; hated the graphic violence.

The Glass Castle
Loved the characters; hated the characters.

The Good Earth
Loved the story; hated the suffering of the wife.

Maus
Loved the brilliant story; hated the bleakness of the story.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Loved the family in the story; hated the way they were treated by others.

The Bell Jar
Loved the writing; hated the depression of the main character.

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Loved the friendship of the girls; hated how they had to stay apart.



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17 comments:

  1. Wow this is a great topic!! So many books I've loved and also hated. I really need to accept the fact that it is possible to love and hate a book. It's never even crossed my mind that I could! Especially what you said about The Glass Castle where you love and hate the characters. That happens to me all the time if I really think about it. I usually just try to talk myself out of the hate part if I'm loving most parts of the book :)

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  2. What a unique way to review books. It causes me to think about my favorites in a new light... I would probably add Of Mice and Men and Lord of the Flies to my list.

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  3. Yes, I don't usually finish books that I dislike, but that being said, I have finished books that I ended up depressed about or uncomfortable with. That's like 'hating' it.

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  4. I so agree with you on The Glass Castle, it was the one book that I really disliked the characters while not being able to put the book down. I was hoping that things would get better, but I also did finish the book, which normally I would not have. Have a lovely week.

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  5. We need to talk about Kevin is my favourite discussion book, just wow. I totally agree with Glass Castle, love and hate. Great post.

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  6. I've heard such good things about Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry - I really must give that a go! Glad you enjoyed these!

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My TTT Post!

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  7. I love how you've tackled the list this week! It was interesting to read your comments. :-)

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  8. It's funny. I haven't read any of the books on your list for the same reasons you love/hate them. One day I will read Things They Carried and Maus.

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  9. Great take on this week's theme. It's always interesting to see what you have to say. I'm afraid to read any Cormac McCarthy because of what I hear about the violence, and frankly, The Good Earth always sounded boring to me. I completely agree about We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Things They Carried, and Glass Castle. Really good, but so hard to read.

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  10. Two wonderful books are on this list! The Things They Carried and The Glass Castle. I think that they are love and hate books because the topics they cover are hard to read, but well worth the read. :)

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  11. You've put your finger, with a lot of these, on what makes them challenging but worthwhile reads. I need to be pushing myself a little more as I've been reading too many comfort reads that aren't in the end, very satisfying. Great and interesting list!

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  12. The ones I've read I definitely agree. Most of the ones I haven't are on my TBR. I hppe I can get to them soon. Love/hate is definitely how you have to approach books like this. My TTT

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  13. oh what a great way to do this topic! It's so true... sometimes the best books are the most painful to read. My TTT

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  14. Definitely agree about the love/hate thing. Particularly we need to talk about Kevin and The Road. Both good books but then also - well, the Kevin book, I was totally hooked, fascinated to be honest but you're right about the relationship which was awful to read. The Road was just so bleak. It's a good book but you really do have to be in the mood.
    Lynn :D

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  15. There are so many interesting books in your list, most of which are out of my comfort zone. Guess I should check them out. I actually read The Glass Castle a really long time ago, but I can't remember much about it - guess I should re-read since it's being talked so much about lately (I guess it's becoming a movie?).

    Great List anyway!

    Bruna Writes

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  16. I know what you mean. I think it is books which make us have strong feeling that are often the best overall (unless our strong feelings are about length!)

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  17. Great post! I have The Glass Castle in my TBR pile. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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