Hello there! Today I’m linking up over at The Broke and the Bookish for their weekly prompt, Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s prompt is, “top ten books that were hard for you to read” and it goes on to say that the books I select may be difficult in all sorts of ways: subject matter, cringeworthiness, et cetera.
Let’s get started!
Books That Were Hard To Read Because They Were Dull
1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I had to read this for school recently, and while I’m glad that I now better understand its use as a cultural reference, I was SO NOT HAPPY about its boring-ness. Seriously, Hawthorne takes five pages to say what could be said in one. He’s a little too fond of symbolism that goes on and on and on…
Books That Were Hard To Read Because They Were Just Plain Bad
2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. When this book wasn’t blatantly ripping off of Star Wars and/or Lord of the Rings, it was overly wordy – which is even worse. Hint: Writing a lot of words isn’t impressive if the words aren’t quality.
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. My reaction when I started the book: “OMG all my bestest bookish friends say that this book is amazing! I cannot WAIT to read it!” My reaction upon finishing: “Why did I even keep going? I’ve never read anything so pretentious and stuffed with purple prose. How did this book become so popular?!”
4. Planet Urth by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci. What did you just say? “I’ve never heard of this book!” GOOD. KEEP IT THAT WAY. This absolutely terrible dystopian story taught me not to download random ebooks just because they’re free.
Books That Were Hard To Read Because Their Writing Style Was Odd
5. Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines. The story was slow anyway, and I felt the ending was a major letdown, but mostly I noticed the odd dialogue.”I prefer quotation marks,” said Engie. <Not these weird angle-y arrow-y symbol thingies. What’s up with them?>
6. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris. I’m pretty sure the authors’ list of five hard things for teenagers could have fit onto an index card. They didn’t need to write a whole book. Enough said.
Books That Were Hard To Read Because They Were So Terrifying
7. Misery by Stephen King. I wouldn’t recommend ANY of the books listed previously, but this one? It’s amazing. And you should totally read it. It has beautiful writing and a gripping plot, but it’s also extremely violent. And scary. I read it late at night, fool that I am, and didn’t want to turn the lights off afterwards. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I had a pretty good idea of how this story ended, but that didn’t stop me from crying at the conclusion. It’s a beautiful little book, and from the very first chapter you feel this sense of dread.
9. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. Most of the sad books I’ve read revolve around death, but this one doesn’t. I still cried, though. A LOT. Because it’s about being lonely and pretending to be someone you’re not (because people don’t want you to be who you are) and getting your heart broken and… READ IT. IT IS SOOOO GOOD. And will probably make you cry, too.
Books That Were Hard To Read For A Variety Of Reasons
10. A Game of Thrones (and sequels) by George R.R. Martin. All the A Song of Ice and Fire books are AMAZING but also tough to read. Why? Because A) they’re sooooo loooong and B) they’re super sad. Don’t even talk to me about how Steven Moffat is such a mean writer because he kills off loads of characters. Martin kills off even more and doesn’t bring them back. SOB.
Which books were hard for you to read? Tell me why!