This is post two in my little blogging series about seriously hyped books. The first was the five that didn’t disappoint, this is the five that really did. Actually there are a lot more than five that I could have included (something I can’t say for the last lot – I’m such a miserly reader) but I’ve picked the five worst offenders.
1. A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
The only reason I’ve made it through all six books and am waiting desperately for the next one to be released is that the TV series has brought the characters alive. Without the TV series I would say it has far too many characters, the plot is overly complicated and it’s incredibly badly written. The women are awesome though.
2. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
I just found this a bit bleugh. Not terrible but not amazing either. There wasn’t really enough of a plot to keep me hooked. And I didn’t really find myself connecting with the characters either.
3. Agatha Christie
These books just seem so dated every time I read them. I haven’t read the really hyped ones – Murder on the Orient Express or And Then There Were None and although I intend to the ones I have read have really put me off.
4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Give me Jane Eyre any day. I found this such a struggle to get through what with the overly long descriptions and ridiculous use of the northern accent. So even though there is a great plot hidden under there there’s was too much wrong with it for me to properly enjoy it.
5. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
I don’t know if this book really classes as ‘hyped’ but my mum recommended it most highly to me. And I suppose I would have liked it alright, despite the unnecessary extra characters, but the woman researching her family history took the biscuit and I just lost all interest.