Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Disliked but Love to Discuss

What is Top 5 Wednesday?

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such. 

This weeks topic is: Books You Disliked but Love to Discuss

2. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

I don't think this is a novel that is meant to really be enjoyed. I liked the story and I liked the characters, probably more than I was meant to. However, I didn't find that I enjoyed my time reading this. There were no chapter breaks, just continuous prose. Which I must say reading an 18th Century novel with no goal to set aside from 'The End' was so difficult. I do love talking about this from a literary standpoint though and in terms of theory. 

I have a full review here

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2. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Similarly, to Moll Flanders, Heart of Darkness isn't a book you read for enjoyment. At least I didn't. However, if you did read this for enjoyment. You do you. It was again both the style of writing that hampered my enjoyment but also the topic. The entire novella is about one mans time in the midst of the Congo as its being colonised. Not the most pleasant of topics but fantastic again for discussion. 

I have a full review here

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3. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This I liked. But I didn't love it. I wish that The Rest of Us Just Lived Here had been cleaved in two and was two separate novels. I know the entire lure of the novel is the idea of a book that centres around the collateral characters. But it just didn't work in my opinion. I wanted to know more about the collateral characters. I didn't care about the 'Indie Kids' and as a result I didn't care about the novel. What I do love was the rep in this novel. Which I think is something that occurs across Patrick's novels. 

I have a full review here

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4. The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

My God I hated this. I slogged my way through it for the purpose of my course but I didn't like it at all. Yet again though another great one for talking about theory in theatre and plays. Brecht seemed quite the intellectual...bordering on the narcissistic I reckon.

I have a full review here.

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5. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams seems to be renowned for his paragraphs of stage directions and I just didn't get on with it. I hated reading the script and then being flung out of the moment to have to read a raft of stage direction and then pick up where we'd been left. No. Just no. I did however love the brief clip we were shown of an adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It was just reading it that I had an issue with. 

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here

What books did you dislike but love to discuss?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x 

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