Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post asks us to list the Top Ten Books That Were Hard for Me to Read. I choose to look at this a couple of ways: the book had difficult subject matter, so it hit me hard personally, or the book just plain old took me forever to finish for whatever reason (slow writing, lack of interest, etc.). I also want to state upfront that a couple of these books were actually DNFs, but figured that in itself made them able to make the list, so I’mma go with it.
Off we go!
1) Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
This book made me so darn uncomfortable that I just couldn’t finish it. I know that that was its purpose – to make you see how wrong a society like this is (and was, because it’s basically a reverse look at slavery) – but I just couldn’t bring myself to read the whole thing.
3) The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
This was another book that made me brutally uncomfortable – again its intended purpose – although I did manage to make it all the way through. I just will never be reading it again!
5) If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
I felt terribly for Quinn and was so angry at the others for treating her the way they were throughout this book. Parts of this made me teary-eyed, too, so there was lots of setting this aside in order to get myself back together.
7) The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx
This first-person narrative of what it’s like to be in the throes of an extremely dangerous heroin addiction is pretty much the epitome of hard to get through. Nikki Sixx is one lucky dude to still be alive!
8) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I feel like the only person in existence who didn’t like this book. But I just can’t wrap my head around children killing children, and – while I get while others like the books – they’re just too much for me personally.
9) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This book KILLED me. Not only was it hard to get through emotionally, but it also took me forever to read, with the narrative jumps and the style used to tell the story.
10) This is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
Courtney Summers is sort of known for having difficult books, but this apocalyptic zombie thriller featured one of the most depressed main characters I’ve ever encountered, and just broke my heart.
So that’s my list this week! What made your top ten? Please link me!