Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.
This week is hard. When I saw the theme for this week I could think of like two books, that was it. It took me a little while but I eventually thought up ten all for various different reasons.
Tough Subjects based on Real Life Situations
I love Tillie Cole, but wow does she write some intense books!
It Ain’t Me Babe – I’ve never known all that much about religious cults, so reading this book in which one of our main characters was a victim of abuse from a cult that she was a part of was hard to read, even more so when Tillie revealed in the authors note that many of the scenes in this book came from real life victims that she spoke to.
Sweet Fall – It was incredible, but reading about one of my favourite characters suffering through anorexia was hard to read. The thing that made it even more difficult was reading the author note before, in which Tillie tells us that some of the scenes in this book are based upon her own experiences suffering with anorexia. Reading it and knowing that an author I admire so much had suffered like that, it was hard.
I was Crying WAY TOO MUCH that I Couldn’t See the Pages!
The Fault In Our Stars – There were a lot of tears for this one. It’s one of those books that you get part way through, and you know how it’s going to end, and you just think ‘I can’t do this, I can’t read this, I’m not ready for it.’ It was beautiful but totally agonising, and I had to take so many mini breaks to go and get more tissues so I could clear my eyes and actually see the pages!
Because they Have Lots of Big Words and I’m just Not Clever Enough for them!
All of these books I have started and got part way through before they just got too hard for me to read. One day I hope to finish them all, but right now I’m just not clever enough!
The Lord of the Rings – I’ve not finished this one yet, its been a bit of a struggle but I REALLY want to finish it. There are just so many names of people/hobbits/dwarfs/places to remember and I keep forgetting who is who and getting myself all confused!
The Da Vinci Code – I’m not going to lie, I am just not smart enough for this book! I think I need to go away and learn some more about all the stuff in this book and then I can read it and actually understand what is going on!
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – I got about 2 chapters in before I got totally overwhelmed by this book. Again lots of big and clever words and I just couldn’t follow it.
Because I Hate Saying Goodbye to Series
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I bought this book at midnight when it was released, and stayed up all night reading it and had finished it by 7am the next day, but for the last hour I cried like a baby and had to keep taking loads of mini breaks because I just wasn’t ready for it to end!
Inheritance – When Eragon has his future read in the first book in this series it is hinted at how things are going to end for him. So when I got to the last book and things started to go that way, even though I had known it was coming all along I had been trying to ignore it in the hopes that it would never happen. Ending this series was such a hard thing to do, because it wasn’t just me saying goodbye to the characters, it was them saying goodbye to each other, and that was just heartbreaking.
City of Heavenly Fire – I LOVED this series so so so much and I was so happy when Cassandra Clare decided to write a second trilogy for it, making it a six part book series. I feel like waiting for this last book took FOREVER, but then once it was here I was too scared to read it because then it would be over. It was such an amazing book, and ending and I am so happy that I did actually read it, even if I did cry a lot during the last few chapters!
Allegiant – This has got to be one of the more controversial books I have read in the past year. There are so many different opinions about this last book. Some people hated it so much that they even sent Veronica Roth death threats (NOT COOL!). I, myself, loved it and even though it was a very hard ending to read it was, in my opinion, a very powerful one and the right ending for all characters involved. Still, I hated having to say goodbye to these characters and I cried so much, it was awful!
Have you read any of these books?
Did you find them hard to read too?
What’s on your list this week?