Today, Tom and I are sharing ten titles that we almost put down, but didn't!
-Jess & Tom
10. The History Boys by Alan Bennett (Jess)
Fortunately for me, I kept reading. And I fell in love with this crazy, smart group of boys who just want to go to Oxbridge for their future.
9. World War Z by Max Brooks (Tom)
(Lol, she's making a face at me right now.)
But yes! I considered putting this down after the first two pages, since I thought it would just be one person's tale of the Zombie War. Boy, was I wrong.
This is one of my go-to favorites now, and I'm so glad I continued reading!
8. He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope (Jess)
The idea of reading about one guy constantly obsessing about whether his wife was cheating on him or not seemed like it could get tedious after awhile, but this book absolutely sucked me in.
Anthony Trollope has written a masterful tale of marriage, tradition, and (believe it or not), women's rights.
7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Tom)
However, I really wasn't sure I would like this book - the writing was really hard to get used to at first. But I didn't put it down, kept read, and it's become a favorite for me!
6. Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally (Jess)
But I was kind of thinking of putting down Things I Can't Forget at first, since I kind of thought Kate was a bit too preachy for me.
But I kept reading, and got an interesting story about learning the shades of gray in life.
5. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (Tom)
So I seriously considered putting down The War of the Worlds after the first few pages. But I kept reading, and started to see why it was such a classic!
4. London Falling by Paul Cornell (Jess)
I'm normally not a big urban fantasy girl, but I kept reading and discovered a fascinating imagining of London...
3. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (Tom)
But I read on. And realized that this is a play that challenges perception, ideas and world-view.
2. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (Jess)
But I kept reading, and I fell in love. This was my favorite play throughout high school and a good chunk of college, and I totally love it to this day.
Also, I was lucky enough to see my two favorite History Boys starring in the play in London, so best. theatre. memories. ever.
1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Tom)
And I'll be honest - I did consider putting the book down after the first chapter. But I persevered, and was genuinely kind of blown away at Khaled Hosseini's writing.