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!


Books in Colour

This survey was inspired by the lovely Kayla’s feature Saturated Reads. Kayla’s feature is about how she connects emotions with colours. On her feature, she will pick a book and describe what colours that she associates with the book or characters. It’s so interesting. I’ve read books about synaesthesia and it fascinates me. I personally think colours represent a feeling, so I decided to pick an emotion I felt when I thought about a colour and then tried to fit it with a book or character! Please feel free to join in with this little survey!

  • Look at the colours and see if you can fit the emotions (either mine or your own) with a book or a character!


Red- passion/anger- A book/character that displays a lot of passion

The first book that came to mind when I read the description was Divergent by Veronica Roth. A lot of the characters are determined and ambitious. You can also feel the passion and anger within the story. You can’t deny that the first book is completely action packed!

Orange- optimism- A book/character that you believe demonstrates optimism or your favourite optimistic character

Wonder by R.J Palacio is one of the most optimistic books that I’ve read. Our main character Augustus may face some challenges in his life, but he doesn’t let it hold him back. I was impatient with some of humanity whilst reading this book. The way that some act! Urgh. I also really liked that this book showed the adults in Augustus’ life as supportive. All too often in literature adults are missing. This book gave me hope despite the fact it did feature some awful, cowardly human beings!

Yellow- cheerfulness/happiness- A book/character that makes you feel happy

Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. Chick-lit reads are just so easy to read! Comfort reading for me, for sure!

Green – growth. A character that grows so much throughout the book

A book that I’ve read recently which displayed an enormous amount of growth was Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Parry. The main character develops so much and begins to overcome a lot of demons within the story.

Blue- peace. A book/character that takes you away from everything else going on around you.

Something Real by Heather Demetrios. Whilst it isn’t a ‘peaceful’ story, I was completely immersed in the story and nothing else around me mattered!

Purple- creativity. A book that stands out to you as a really creative, unusual read.

That has to be Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs mainly because of the vintage photographs.

Pink- romantic. A book that you loved the romance or that you yourself are totally in love with!

For me, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. Urgh, that relationship ❤

Black- the mysterious, deep and the unknown. A book/character that completely messed with your head. 

I have two for this one. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas because that book completely screwed up my head! It’s brilliant. I also am completely blown away by the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin so far. I can’t work out what’s real and it’s frustrating but so good!



How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Quercus Books


A hot new high school comedy for redheads and all who love them.

Top student. Beauty queen. Girlfriend of the hottest football jock. Felicity’s got everything. And it’s all down to her red, red hair.

Felicity lives in Scarletville, the world’s only redhead sanctuary, where red hair is celebrated, protected – and the key to success.

But Felicity has a secret. A red hot secret. And if anyone finds out, she’s finished. Because Felicity’s actually a natural blonde.

And in Scarletville, blondes need not apply.


I’m not sure what I was expecting from Red. It certainly didn’t sound like a deep book, so it wasn’t that. I think I wanted to read a book that was more about prejudices between minorities. I know it was supposed to be a light, comedic take, but I expected more. That’s not to say that Red wasn’t enjoyable. It was. It was easy to read and quite sweet in parts. It may not be a ground breaking story that explores prejudice, but it’s enjoyable for the younger range of young adult.. and possibly middle grade too.

I think if you’re not into dark young adult fiction and you’re looking for something lighter then Red is definitely the book for you. It follows Felicity, a girl who is groomed from birth to be Miss Scarlet. This is Scarletville’s answer to Miss America. Felicity has the reddest hair in school but holds a secret which is discovered and used to blackmail her into betraying her friends.

As I mentioned, this story does read younger than young adults at times. That’s not a criticism, I think many would enjoy it, but it’s definitely something to be mindful of before you check this book out. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. I especially didn’t get Felicity’s mother.

Red is a young, contemporary read. I wish it had more substance to it and definitely a strong moral, but if you’re looking for something to read quickly and something light in-between more intense reads then Red would work for you.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! If you’re into lighter reads then this book is definitely for you!

Stacking The Shelves #46

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

I’ve got a bit of a random selection this week. Just some books that caught my eye!


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I preferred the other cover of Red by Alison Cherry, I missed out on requesting it when it first came out, so when I saw it pop up on NetGalley, I requested it! I was invited to read the novella The Holiday Survival Guide by Jane O’Reilly. It looks like an easy to read story.


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Both of these books were cheap on the Kindle, so I jumped at the chance to get them. I’ve been trying to avoid starting more series’, but I can’t stop myself when books are so cheap. 😉 I’ve heard good things about both of these books!

What did you get this week? Please feel free to link me to your Stacking The Shelves posts and I’ll come and visit you at some point this weekend!