Top Ten Tuesday: Difficult Books


toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a wonderful bookish meme brought to us by The Broke and  the Bookish. This week’s theme is ten books that were difficult for me to read. While I might not have ten, I at least have a handful of books I can list (and can think of off the top of my head).

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

fellowshipringWhile I do like the overall story and some of the characters, The Fellowship of the Ring was painful for me to read. I appreciate Tolkien’s world building and the amount of work and research that he put into his novels, but I couldn’t get past the pages upon pages of description and how so many characters had similar names. I read this my senior year in high school for class and it was one of the few books I couldn’t make myself finish.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

13ReasonsWhyI’ve seen this on a couple of lists today. I read and enjoyed this book, but read it during a time in my life where the subject matter made it very difficult for me to read. A friend of mine had just passed away and it just hit too close to home.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

AllegiantI read this book during my hiatus from blogging and therefore didn’t post a review. While I love the Divergent trilogy, this book was really hard for me to read. It was weird to me that Veronica Roth chose the last book in her trilogy to write from a dual perspective. I love Tris and Four, but their voices were so similar that I constantly had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to check who’s perspective I was reading from. I enjoyed the story, but it made the book so hard to read and finish.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

we are all completely beside ourselvesThis is another book that I liked, but it just lacked something for me. I may go back and start it all over again, but for now, I did not finish this book.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

imagesCringeworthy for me. Just cringeworthy. I always try to give books a chance and try to finish them. I finished this one and wished I hadn’t.

That’s about it for me for today.

What books were difficult for you to finish?

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Difficult Books

  1. jenspenden says:

    I’m currently reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I’ve heard great things about this book/series, so I was really excited to read it…and, ugh. I’m struggling. You know things are bad when you start skimming over the pages to get the general gist, haha. Honestly, I think the plot is mediocre and the characters are…well, dull.

    But that’s not the real reason I’m struggling so much. I’m struggling because: 1) The lack of grounding. Every couple of pages, I get lost in where I’m at/how the characters got from point A to point B. Again and again, I have to re-read paragraphs to “get it”. 2) Contradictions after contradictions. Ex: “With the rain fogging up the air between the two cars…” Then in the next paragraph: “…both Liam and I threw up a hand to block out the intense glint of the sun against its windows.” WHAT? It was just raining!!!

    Okay, rant over, lol. Sorry, I had to vent for a second. I don’t like it when I get my hopes up for a great book and then they crash and burn…I’ll force myself to finish this book (too far to quit now), but I won’t be moving on in the series. 🙁

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      There are a couple of series that I read the first book for this year that I won’t be continuing for similar reasons. Sometimes all the hype surrounding a particular book or series gets my hopes up. I will even force myself to finish a series sometimes in the hopes that it gets better.

  2. jenspenden says:

    P.S. I’m a weirdo and read LOTR 3 times (at least, haha). I struggled with a lot of the same things you did, but I still loved it to the point I became addicted to it…Like I said, I’m a weirdo, HAHA

  3. Michelle says:

    I haven’t heard a lot about Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea… but good to know you didn’t like it. I think the cover is cool… but I try to stay away from cringeworthy books LOL

    My TTT

  4. annaskinner18 says:

    I struggled a lot with LotR too. Loved the movies, but the series was so difficult to read. That’s why I’m scared to read Game of Thrones haha. There’s just so much detail I don’t want it to bog me down

  5. acps927 says:

    Thirteen Reasons Why was a bit of a hard read, and I wasn’t even dealing with anything personally at the time. It’s just a hard subject matter in general.

  6. hotteaandagoodbook says:

    I could never read Tolkien. I’ve tried. Many times. But I just can’t finish. I haven’t read Allegiant either. I was in the middle of Insurgent, when one of my middle school students told me how the series ended. I just can’t keep reading now. 🙁

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