|A Feature of The Broke and the Bookish|
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I know it's being made into a miniseries and a bunch of people are pumped for this novel, but I'm not sure i'm in the mood for a 870 page commitment. Maybe this will be my next indulgent read.
I think I should read this author to sound sophisiticated and cultured, but honestly the plot descriptions do not sound like my usual reading material.
Great Houses by Nicole Krauss
I ADORED A History of Love and tried picking up Great Houses three times without success. I'm starting to wonder if fourth time is the charm of if I should let this one pass by unread.
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Delirium (just the 1st one, not the entire series) is one of my favorite summer novels ever. Something about the writing moved me in ways that most books can't. I'm a little afraid to try anything else by Oliver for fear it won't live up to my expectations.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Movie = adorable, but when I tried picking up the book, I gagged over all the brain-eating. I'm not sure if it gets any better as R transforms back into human, or if I need to admit I can't stomach zombie life.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Another book I know is very popular and has been recommended to me many times, but the plot just doesn't grab me; I need someone to convince me why it's a must-read.
I know that Megan loves this author, and it definitely sounds like something I would like, but I've attempted three of her novels and just couldn't get swept up in her characters.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A futuristic retelling of classic fairytales? YES! And yet... each time I go to pick it up I get distracted by something shinier.
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I'm 350 pages into this novel and NOTHING IS HAPPENING. Why is this one of the greatest works of literature? But 350 pages in... how can I quit now?
Anything in the New Adult genre
It always looks so promising, and quickly dissolves into women bashing other women, identical one-dimensional, wounded heroes and simpering, conquered females. Is there anything that goes beyond these tropes? I'm open to suggestions.
What do you think? Are these worth the time to read? Will I regret passing any of these titles by?