‘I put a spell on you..’

Posted On 5 September 2017

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

10 Books that I struggled to get into but ended up loving:

  1. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver – I’m not going to deny it, this book took me almost 100 pages to get into.  It’s very bleak indeed.  But, I then found myself hooked and compelled to read on.
  2. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – strangely enough this is probably one of my favourite series but when I first picked it up I did come close to putting the book down.  Definitely a book worth persevering with.
  3. A Game of Thrones by JRRMartin – no, I didn’t struggle to get into this but it does have a long build up in the first book, in fact the fantasy element to the story doesn’t arrive until virtually the end of the book.  That being said – what an excellent book.
  4. Storm Front by Jim Butcher – this is an excellent series, but, the first book was a little slow – of course, each subsequent book seems to have got better and better, I think this is something that I encounter with a few UF series – the first one definitely suffers a little from ‘first book’ syndrome but it’s certainly worth carrying on.
  5. The Traitor (Baru Cormorant) by Seth Dickinson – this really is an amazing read but a little bit of a slow burner in parts – such a magnificent ending.
  6. The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer – I enjoyed this but felt that there was a lot of knowledge to be imparted which left the plot feeling a little slow in parts, ultimately, it didn’t detract from the story.
  7. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Sparks – a book that I thoroughly enjoyed but that took me a little time to get used to the writing style at first.
  8. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory – I absolutely loved this book, but, when I first started I was puzzled and I really didn’t think it would be my kind of book – how wrong I was.
  9. Lord of the Rings by Tolkien – yes, the first book is a slightly slower build – but it’s definitely worth it.
  10. Which book did you struggle with but then ultimately fall in love…

17 Responses to “‘I put a spell on you..’”

  1. Tammy

    I can’t think of anything at the moment, but I do agree with Spoonbenders. I just couldn’t figure out where it was going. But ultimately I loved it too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, at first I was a bit hesitant and then I was just hooked.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Michael

    I agree that the Dresden Files has a slow start. But man it picks up and is one of my favorites.

    And I hate to admit it, but I’ve never made it through the entire LotR trilogy. I just can’t….

    • @lynnsbooks

      Agreed entirely. Haha – I think you probably have some company in not finishing LotR – although I love it.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    It took me a while to really get into Lies of Locke Lamora as well, but once I was hooked, man, I couldnt put it down. Love that series so much!

  4. Rebecca

    I still can’t get through LoTR!!

  5. sjhigbee

    Yes… I’ll echo your sentiments regarding Spoonbenders – it wasn’t that I didn’t understand what was going on, but that I found that initial scene really offputting. I still think it’s a slightly bizarre way to start a book that didn’t really feature all that much sex in it – but like you, I ended up absolutely loving it. I also took a while to really warm up to Eligible, which has rather a lot of explanations right at the beginning.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m looking forward to Eligible and it’s good to have a little bit of forewarning in terms of what to expect.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I’m looking forward to seeing what you make of it. It’s great fun spotting the main characters what occur in P & P and see how they feature in this version.

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This topic describes Traitor Baru Cormorant to a T for me as well. I remember “thinking, ugh, not going to give this one any more than a 3 star” as I slogged my way through it…by the end though, WOW! Unexpected 5 star rating 😛

  7. Danya @ Fine Print

    I had a similar experience with The Lies of Locke Lamora — the first two or three chapters were a real grind, but after that I was hooked. The Queen of Blood is another story that followed that pattern for me!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, that’s exactly how I felt. Queen of Blood is one I went to get too.
      Lynn 😀

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The first ASOIAF book took indeed some time to find its pace, but at the time (back in 2002 when I discovered the series) I was encouraged by other readers to keep the faith, and I’m glad that I did. Well, now I’m enmeshed in a series that requires loooong waits between book, but still I would not miss it for the world… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it’s a series I’ve fallen behind but given the long wait between books I’m not too stressed about it – I’ll eventually catch up.
      Lynn 😀

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