23 January 2018

Ten Books That Deserve a Second Chance

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is "Ten books I liked but can't remember much about". Going through my four and five star reads, I realised that I have a pretty good memory when it comes to books that I like. 

Instead, I came up with my own list, comprised of ten books that I didn't like on the first reading, but that I wanted to give a second chance, A sort of book amnesty, so to speak. 

1. Who Goes There? 

This sci fi novella by John Campbell is a classic and it spawned one of the best horror movies ever made - The Thing. I barely even finished the book because of Campbell's "unusual" writing style, but my love for the movie finally made me reconsider this book. 

2. The Harry Potter Series 

It's been over a decade since I read J. K. Rowling's fantasy series. I got tired of it after book five. Now, I want to re-read the entire series, hopefully to discover something that I will love. Also, did I mention that apparently, I'm a Slytherin? I don't even know what that means.  

3. Graveyard for Lunatics 

Ray Bradbury is my number one favourite author. Yet, I failed to finish this Hollywood crime story. I think I lost my patience with it pretty quickly, and I want to give it another chance.  

4. Mrs. Dalloway  

This contemporary classic by Virginia Wolf was a required reading in high school. Need I say more? Now, I actually want to read it.  

5. Carrie  

I love Stephen King but I didn't even finish Carrie. I think I was too young when I attempted to tackle this book. Well, now I'm old, so...

6. The Man in the High Castle 

I listened to the audio version of this alternate history thriller by Philip K. Dick, and I found myself drifting off quite often. This time, I want to actually read this book to really understand what it's about. 

7. I, Robot 

Isaac Asimov's Robot novels are fantastic. But this short story collection struck me as dry. Time for a re-read? 

8. Every X-Files book I tried to read but failed

Because I love this show, and I'm a completionist 

9. A Heritage of Stars 

Clifford D. Simak is my number two favourite author, but I gave this book only two stars out of five. I wonder if this book really deserved such harsh treatment. 

10. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

I trudged through Albert Camus' philosophical essays, hoping the boulder would roll down for good and finally crush Sisyphus, putting us both out of our misery. Okay, it wasn't that bad. I blame the poor translation. 


  1. I'm rereading the Harry Potter series this year as well. I hope you have a good time with it!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. That's awesome. I've been wanting to re-read them for a long time now. Let me know what you think when finished re-reading them ;)

  2. I hope you love Harry Potter more this time around!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/top-ten-tuesday-143/

    1. I hope so, too! I remember really loving the first three books.

  3. I really do hope you give the Harry Potter series a second chance. It's my favorite series of all-time. I adore it! But, I understand that we're all different so if you don't, it's okay. I'll just go cry in a corner. ;)

    My TTT

    1. No, Jenni, don't cry! I'll re-read the whole series just so you won't cry, okay? :) I'm actually really looking forward to revisiting this series. The last I read a HP book I was nineteen (I'm so old now).