Time for Some Link-ups!

Because I don’t have any cool content to blog about, and to meet new friends, I’ve decided to join a new link-up today and have some fun!

This Tuesday’s Top Ten: Top ten books you liked more/less than you thought you would

Books I liked less thank I thought I would: 

1. Lord of the Flies.  When I lived in the Philippines back in 2009, I worked at an orphanage a few weeks.  The team leader I met there convinced me to read Lord of the Flies.  He thought it was an accurate representation of the children who lived in the orphanage.  I had no idea what I was walking into.  Usually, gritty and realistic stories don’t bother me that much.  I actually welcome more true-to-life drama.  But, this book scarred me.  I couldn’t bare to imagine those kids at the orphanage tearing one another apart like the children in that book.

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Again I like more true-to-life grit when it comes to entertainment.  I had a friend recommend The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  The characters and theme of the story sounded fascinating, but when I started reading the book, I just couldn’t get interested in it.  I tried several times, even tried watching the older and newer movies and it did not keep my attention.  

3. The Fountainhead. The same friend who recommended I read the above story, also told me I needed to check out The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.  Maybe knowing that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo didn’t work out for me should have been a clue, yet I gave my friend a second chance and started The Fountainhead.  I ran into the same issue: the book was just too slow paced.  

4. Anna Karenina.  My high school English teacher once told me that Anna Karenina reminded her of me and that I should read the book.  I started reading it, but never did finish.  Maybe it was too long, too slow and didn’t remind me of myself at all.  I just couldn’t relate.  I might try the movie sometime.  

5. Pride and Prejudice.  Go ahead and gasp.  I didn’t understand what all the hype was about.  For some reason, I never related to the book or any of the gazillion movies I’ve seen.  I’m not big into romance…that might be why?  But, in my opinion, Pride and Prejudice is way overrated. 

Books I liked more thank I thought I would: 

6. Sherlock Holmes.  I love murder/mystery novels, but never imagined Sherlock Holmes would appeal to me.  I guess I thought it was too old to be any good.  Yet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a genius!  I started listening to The Adventures on my Ipod as I worked in housekeeping.  Then I read the other novels and short stories.  They are fantastic!  I’ve also gotten addicted to the movies and tv shows (including House) based on Sherlock’s character.  

7. Blue Like Jazz.  When I first went to college, I was given a care package by a local church desiring my attendance.  I didn’t think much of it, and honestly didn’t even look at it really, until about a year later.  I transferred schools and went through all my belongings only to notice that the care package had a copy of Blue Like Jazz.  I had read some Christian non-fiction that I enjoyed, but hadn’t hear of Donald Miller.  This somewhat controversial book changed my life.  It gave me a totally new perspective on my faith and the way I look at Christianity.  And caused me to consume every other Christian non-fiction book on the market. 

8. The Great Gatsby. This book was on our high school AP English book list.  I had no choice but to read it.  And most of the books on that list I did not enjoy.  But, The Great Gatsby struck a chord in me.  It reminded me so much of myself and a great friend of mine, named Chris.  I could definitely see myself living in the 1920’s and attending Gatsby’s great parties.  I even wrote my final research paper on F. Scott Fitzgerald.  A few years later, I read his short stories and fell in love again with his writing and that era.  And the best part of all…I married my Great Gatsby.  Chris is now my husband 🙂

9. Green Like God.  When my husband and I started dating, we began reading books together.  One of the reasons was because I lived in another country and it was a way for us to connect.  He recommended we read a book called Green Like God that talked about God’s heart for his creation, with undertones of recycling, going organic and creation care.  I’ve never been big on the whole “green” movement, but this book really changed my perspectives.  Now we are big recyclers and have our own garden.  We want to respect God’s creation.  

10. Pretense.  When I was a teenager, my mom handed me a book and told me to read it.  The book was only about 800 pages.  In addition to the fact that my mom and I aren’t usually in agreement when it comes to entertainment, I wasn’t that thrilled.  The novel, Pretense, however, introduced me to the world of inspirational fiction.  I could read books, that were fantastic stories, but also contained an element of faith.  I read everything Lori Wick, the author, ever wrote.  And I found other authors just like her.  I learned about life from these characters and grew in my faith as a result of fiction.  That book was one of the greatest books my mom has ever given me.  

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3 thoughts on “Time for Some Link-ups!

  1. I really disliked Lord of the Flies too. I loved Great Gatsby. I just told my husband the other day that I wish he would read it so we can go to the movie when it comes our and compare the two together. Alas, he really doesn't like reading.

  2. Um yes…huge gasps on P&P! Love that one! The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the only other one I've read on your list, and yes…it was a disappointment. TTTSandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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