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For the most part I really do enjoy the books I read. But there are times that even though I like an aspect or two of a book, there are reasons why I find it to be a difficult read. This list is composed of books that were hard for me read – not because of subject matter, but rather because I had issues with them on some level.
1 Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m a Maggie fan through and through. I think both she and her books are awesome. So you’re wondering why Shiver is on this list then? Let me explain, while I read and really enjoyed several aspects of this book – the original plot, the realistic characters, and the great writing – I didn’t enjoy one important aspect of the book: the pacing. I found the pace to creep by at a snail’s pace. Because of this, it was really hard for me to read.
2. The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry – I picked this book up on a whim. Looking for something different, something unlike anything I have read before I jumped into this book only to find that it wasn’t what I was looking for. This book was really hard for me to read mainly because of the main character who I really didn’t like, and one I couldn’t really relate to. That’s why this book was hard for me to read.
3. Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley – I was super excited about this book. So when I was approved on Edelweiss I downloaded it and began reading almost immediately. And almost immediately I found this book hard to read. Why? Because I felt it was saying that blogging is bad, and as a blogger myself it bothered me.
4. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – I’m truly sad that this book is on this list. I wanted to love this book, but reality was I couldn’t even finish it. The reason why was because of the narrators. It made the book feel disjointed, and that made it difficult to read.
5. Lust by Robin Wasserman – This was a book I read during a self imposed reading challenge. I wanted to read the first book in a series I was curious about. I was curious about Wasserman’s Seven Deadly Sins series, so I picked Lust up from the library and began reading. It was really hard for me to read mainly because I felt like every character was just so extremely mean – almost unnecessarily mean. I love character driven books, I love that I can connect and identify with the characters in a book. I couldn’t connect nor identify with any of Lust’s characters unfortunately.
6. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty – I consider this book to be a fantasy. And if you know me, you know that I generally don’t do fantasy. Because of that, this book – though very original – was hard to read.
7. A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson – I don’t want to say much about why this book was so hard to read. I don’t want to say why for two reasons – one I don’t want to spoil anything for any readers, and two because frankly I don’t want to relive it. The relationship between the two characters was abusive, and it was hard to sit back and read it.
8. My Beautiful Hippie by Janet Lynch Nichols – Once again, the pacing was sluggish. And beyond that, I felt like nothing really happened.
9. Modelland by Tyra Banks – I really don’t need to say much about this. This book was hard for me because of … well everything.
10. In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth – The reason why this book was so hard for me to read was mainly because I feel, even though it was trying to pay homage to one of my most fave books, it didn’t do it justice.