Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Found Difficult to Read

September 30, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 10

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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

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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

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!

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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

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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.

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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?

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10 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Found Difficult to Read”

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Yes yes yes! Read some Tillie Cole, she is AMAZING!!!!! 🙂

  1. Megz

    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is not only hard to get into, but when you progress further it becomes very violent and uncomfortable. There’s a lot of cruelty and it made me very queasy.
    After reading The Hobbit I decided I wouldn’t read LotR. The Hobbit was difficult enough for me.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I’ve seen the film for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which I found at times to be very violent so I can imagine that the book is going to be just as bad at parts. I have heard so many great things about the series though, I am determined to get through it.
      If you haven’t already then you should definitely watch The Hobbit films, wow they are amazing!

  2. La Coccinelle

    The Lord of the Rings and The Da Vinci Code are two books that I started and abandoned. The first was abandoned because they just didn’t seem to be getting anywhere, and the second was abandoned because… they just didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. Huh.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Yes, this is exactly why I gave up on them. I am determined though! I will finish them at some point!!!

  3. Alexandra

    I think I’m like the only one who wasn’t a sobbing mess through TFIOS! Lol I must be a robot in disguise. If you ever decide to give The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo another try I totally recommend it. It is definitely difficult to get through no doubt about that, but his plot he put together is so deep and well-executed! Ahh Harry Potter, my one true series love! Well that and The Mortal Instruments! I LOVED the ending of Allegiant. Veronica totally brought Tris full-circle back to the beliefs and values that she was raised on in Abnegation. It’s so satisfying, but yes I’ll admit it’s sad. Great list!:D

    Alexandra @ SleepsOnTables

    • Brocs Bookcase

      YES! Thank you! (in regards to Allegiant) I hate it when people got all angry at Veronica and they are saying that they are the biggest fans ever but then they get all angry and I’m like ‘how can you be the “biggest fans” and not understand that for Tris, this was her perfect ending!’ But totally sad :'(
      I will be reading The Girl With the Dragon tattoo again at some point, very interested in the series. Might make it a holiday read, when I have nothing to do but lie in the sun!
      Oh wow, you are a definite robot! 😛 I think I’m just overly emotional, so I probably cry when I shouldn’t be. I even cry when I laugh, can be embarrassing sometimes!
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Lynn

    I confess I’ve read LoTR, The DaVinci Code and the Larrson series and enjoyed them all! But I think all of them took a little getting into. Particularly the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series which had a lot of difficult to read and remember names! (Until you became familiar with the characters).
    Lynn 😀

    • Brocs Bookcase

      It’s good to know I’m not the only one who thought they were a bit hard. Really do want to read them fully at some point though. Maybe as a holiday read when I have no distractions and can just sit there all day and read! Thanks for stopping by 🙂