Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read. Now this could be for any reason. It could be intimidating, cringe-worthy, an uncomfortable subject, a controversial subject etc.

So here are mine, in no particular order…

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Golden BoyAbigail Tarttelin– This book was hard for me to read because of the subject matter. It’s heavy going and there’s some incredibly graphic scenes, but it is an absolute gem of a book and I’m SO glad I read it.

Pushing The LimitsKatie McGarry- Again, this book was hard to read because it was so intense, but I loved reading it. I love a bit of depth to my books!

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Me Before YouJojo Moyes- I wonder how many times I can put this book on a Top Ten list. I JUST LOVE IT. I can’t help it. It was hard to read because it broke my heart. *sniff*

The Bronze HorsemanPaullina Simons- This book is just SO long, but SO worth reading if you’re into historical fiction.

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ForbiddenTabitha Suzuma- Another book that was hard to read based on subject matter. This book deals with incest and it’s another heart breaker.

The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak- It took me a while to get used to the narration but it’s an incredible book!

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Second Chance SummerMorgan Matson- I went into this book not expecting to like it as (sorry) I wasn’t the biggest fan of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. I LOVED this book though. Argh ❤ I’m so glad I persevered with the author because it’s beautiful and I’ve since enjoyed Since You’ve Been Gone.

The Casual VacancyJ.K Rowling- This book was hard to read because I had such high expectations. Unfortunately I was disappointed by it.

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RedAlison Cherry- This book was hard to read because it was incredibly superficial. It had good heart, but I just couldn’t connect with the characters.

Thirteen Reasons WhyJay Asher- I had a hard time with this book because I was so divided on what I thought about it. On the one hand I thought it was brilliant, but then I had some trouble with the actions of the girl who committed suicide. Hmmm… I was very mixed up about it!

What books have you found hard to read? Feel free to link me to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!


71 thoughts on “Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

  1. I hated The Book Thief, and found it difficult to read because I just couldn’t get into it, along with being super-annoyed by the gimmicky writing style. It was also hard to read A Farewell to Arms, November 1916, and The Glass Bead Game.

  2. OH my… Me Before You. – Chrissi you are the reason I read that book and I know exactly what you mean.
    I also had problems with 13 Reasons Why. I liked the story but had some kind of ethical problem with it. Hannah is kind of cruel and it’s just… sad on many levels.
    Great list!

  3. City of Bones was torture to get through for me. I just disliked it immensely. I find the A Song of Fire and Ice series takes a while to get through mostly because they are SO DENSE – it’s the one series where I actually prefer watching the show. And then, for obvious reasons, Lolita was pretty difficult to get through. Brilliant book, but really tough to read.

  4. I felt the same way about Thirteen Reasons Why and I didn’t like how the girl who committed suicide indirectly blamed her crush.. I just found it frustrating because he couldn’t possibly have known everything she was going through! Anyway – great Top Ten post 🙂

  5. The Bronze Horseman is on my TBR – I’m glad to hear it’s worth reading! You have a great selection of books here. 🙂 I’ve heard a lot of good things about Forbidden, and oddly enough I don’t think the subject matter would bother me that much. But that could just be because I don’t have a brother!

  6. I really didn’t like 13 Reasons Why. 😐 It’s on my list this week too! I totally don’t mean to hate on it or anything…I just feel the girl-who-died was actually the cruellest bully in the book by blaming people (especially ones like the narrator!) who had nothing to do with her depression on her suicide. I mean. That’s so fundamentally wrong. :(( So yep. Couldn’t handle that one myself. >_<
    Here’s my TTT!

  7. I can’t believe we both had thirteen reasons why on our list! It definitely is a difficult one but it is one of my all time favourites, I can’t help it!

    As you noticed on my blog i’m currently reading forbidden and it is quite a difficult and taboo subject so I understand why this made your list but I want to read more!

    I’ve been meaning to get to the book thief for SO LONG, I’ve noticed that it’s on quite a few of this weeks top ten tuesday and it makes me want to read it more!

    Great list 😀

  8. I haven’t read any of these books, but The Book Thief and Me Before You are both on my to-read list. And I’m sure I’ll have a hard time too, for the same reasons. The hardships of liking sad books… 😉

  9. Yes! Forbidden is on my list too. I was quite uncomfortable one half of the book and very sad the other half, so yeah.
    I feel the same about 13 Reasons Why, and I actually DNF’ed The Book Thief a few times before I finally started enjoying it!

  10. So I just don’t know that I could read FORBIDDEN. I’ve thought about it *countless* times, but it makes me so uncomfortable. I had a really hard time with Live Through This, which had a bit of similar subject matter but not to the same extent, and I couldn’t sleep. My husband almost forced me to stop reading the book because I was so, so upset. 😦 Great list and thank you for your comment on my post! xo

    • You’re welcome! In my opinion, I think it’s best to avoid Forbidden if you really don’t feel comfortable with the subject. I didn’t feel comfortable with it which is why it was such a tough read.

  11. Pushing the Limits – and the rest of the series – had me way too emotionally involved, especially since I binged them xD Second Chance Summer is probably my least favorite of Matson’s books, but only because it left me an absolute emotional wreck after that. So I guess really it’s a good thing?

  12. Terrific list! I agree about The Casual Vacancy — I just did not enjoy it. The Book Thief and Thirteen Reasons Why were really hard for me as well. So emotional, yet so beautifully written.

  13. The only book on here that I read (except The Book Thief) is Thirteen Reasons Why, and I definitely was conflicted like you. For me though, it definitely landed on the didn’t work for me scale.

  14. It’s funny that you feel like you put Me Before You on all your lists, because I definitely feel like I do that with certain books too 🙂 I really need to read a lot of these (Me Before You being WAY up on the list!) especially Thirteen Reasons Why, The Book Thief, Forbidden, and Second Chance Summer. And now I have added The Golden Boy to the list, because I read the summary and it sounds SO good. GREAT list!

    • Golden Boy is absolutely fantastic. I hope you enjoy it, and of course, the other books you’ve mentioned. I am very happy to read that Me Before You has shot up your list. I will always champion that book.

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