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.
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.