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Are there any books that you hated when you first started reading them, or even throughout most of the book, and it was only until you finished it and thought about it a little that you came to like it?

For me, the book that fits that experience is "Pale Fire" by Nabokov. I absolutely hated reading it, but as soon as I finished it I realized that I actually liked it.


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Jun. 20th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jun. 20th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
A Tale of Two Cities
Jun. 20th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
I'm reading Madapple right now and I didn't like it originally but, half-way through, I'm finding I like it much more. We'll see how I like it in the end.
Jun. 20th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Life of Pi. I distinctly remember wanting to throw it across the room when I finished it, but looking back on it I like it now...
Jun. 20th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
I felt the same way about Life of Pi.
Jun. 20th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Pride and Prejudice. I was forced to read it for high school English and resented being forced into it, but found myself liking it.
Jun. 20th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje. I had to read this for English and I thought it was dead boring the entire time. I liked it better afterwards though.
Jun. 20th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
lolita by nabokov. it was hard to grasp at first, but it was one of those books i had to finish and couldn't put down. afterwards, i thought about it and i still think about it. it's one of those books that will stay with me forever.
Jun. 20th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Mansfield Park // Jane Austen
and surprisingly the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath which is now one of my favorite books.
Jun. 20th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
'The Missing Person's Guide to Love' by Susanna Jones.

It wasn't so much that I hated it because it was a well written book but by the end I just was confused at wtf the author was doing. This lasted beyond reading it but it bugged me enough and was on my mind so a couple of days later I re-read it and did a complete turn about in my opinion of it.
Jun. 20th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
Not sure if it counts
I really hated the first say 7 or 8 chapters of Orwell's novel Keep the Aspidistra Flying but over the last part of the book I didn't hate the main character so deeply as I did in the beginning.

Do I love the book? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.
Jun. 20th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I think i was just too young to read it, i was in happy ending mode. I haven't picked it up again since the first time i read it, but i think fondly back on it now, though at the time i remember being totally exasperated by it.

I should really try to finish Pale Fire. It made me so mad when i started it that i just put it down and refused to pick it back up. But your reaction makes me think it might be worth another go.
Jun. 20th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
Anne Bronte's "Agnes Grey" started a bit off-ly, but in the end it was a really good book. :)
Jun. 20th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath. The entire time I was reading it, I couldn't stand the book. Then when I was finished, I sat back, thought about it, and realized it had become one of my all-time favorite novels.
Jun. 20th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - I had to read it for school at 3 separate times, and I liked it a little better each time. Also, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - I didn't hate it, but it dragged on and on. The ending, however, was worth it.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
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