Some books elicit a strong reaction from the reader. Some books make you want to keep them under your pillow while you sleep so that you will have sweet dreams of Narnian landscapes. Others can provoke you to such anger, disappointment, confusion, or sadness that will make you want to throw a book across a room. Here are the top 7 books I have thrown across a room (or wanted to)….
Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.” -Goodreads
This may come as a surprise to those who have already read the book. Sure, it is perfectly loveable… that’s the entire problem. The characters are loveable. The ending is… well… too realistic. I was so overcome with grief at the end that I had physically thrown the book (gently) across the room. Don’t worry, it was a school copy. Afterwards, in embarrassment, I picked up the book and pretended that I didn’t actually get emotional over a book.
Ulysses is ‘An endlessly open book of utopian epiphanies. It holds a mirror up to the colonial capital that was Dublin on 16 June 1904, but it also offers redemptive glimpses of a future world which might be made over in terms of those utopian moments” – Goodreads
Trust me, I wanted to throw this book across the room, but it is too huge. There is something about reading Ulysses that makes you feel as if you’ve left your brain in a fryer. The moment you think you could be making sense of the book is precisely the moment you feel as if you are going mad. After finishing Ulysses, I appreciate the novel in its entirety, but the practice of reading it was torture.