Today's Top Ten Tuesday at the Broke and the Bookish:
1. The Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking
I challenged myself to read this, and the first time, as interested as I was, I couldn't wrap my head around it. The second time I got through and understood a lot better, although much of it is still beyond me. Still, I'm interested and appreciate Hawkin's effort to write simply, so I know I will read this again someday.
2. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Not the type of thing I normally read, this was for a 16th century British literature class (even though it's Italian), but I really loved it. It wasn't an entirely quick or easy read, but funny in parts and very thoughtful.
3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov is a master of language, so that in itself is difficult, but the subject matter was really what was out of my comfort zone. I'm glad I read it, but I can honestly say it made me distinctly uncomfortable the whole time and I definitely never warmed to Humbert Humbert.
4. Neuromancer by William Gibson
This weird compendium of technobabble eventually overcame me, I just couldn't get past all the new universe/technology distractions to the story.
5. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
I was very intimidated to read Joyce, and he's not really my cup of tea, but I got through it and really learned a lot about reading in general as well as Joyce's style and intentions in particular.
6. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Faulkner and I just don't get on. I can't get past the dialect and confusing language and organization in general. Didn't finish, maybe another time.
7. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
What a title! Stream of consciousness drove me crazy, but I got through it. I've met Eggers though and he was so nice, it made me want to try one of his other books, despite not really digging this one.
8. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Not the kind of thing I usually read, with good reasons. One of the most boring and predictable books I've ever read.
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Again, I don't usually read thrillers, but this one got such high praise, I picked it up and really enjoyed it. So, just goes to show you shouldn't write off an entire genre.
10. Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris
"Trashy", chick-lit vampire books are not really my cup of tea either, these are fluffy, but amusing reads, if you can ignore the recaps of all the silly, dramatic events that have gone before.