Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

Top Ten Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read, because they were difficult, because of subject matter, or because they were cringeworthy, for example.

So here’s my list of books that were ‘hard’ for me to read, for one reason or another. Note: I hated some of these books. And some I actually loved.

Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

  1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    I keep going back to this one, don’t I? Same joke repeated three times every page. Yawn. Hard to read because I simply did not think it was funny… at all.
  2. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
    I really enjoyed it but thankfully my edition had footnotes! So many references that I otherwise would not have understood at all… And even now I had to look up a lot.
  3. Lonely Hearts Killer by Tomoyuki Hoshino
    This was a difficult read content-wise, and the story and characters got quite confusing at some points.
  4. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    Hard to read because it was just very annoying.
  5. The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) by Brent Weeks
    Not my type of fantasy, I suppose. I couldn’t focus on it at all.
  6. Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja
    I really liked this book. But it’s written in a – for me – quite complicated style so I had to reread parts.. and reread… and reread…
  7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    I read the first part and it had so much potential, and the last part was kinda cool, but the middle part was just one big yaaaaawn. This was hard to read because I got bored.
  8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    I enjoyed this overall but at some point it turned into a philosophy load of blah. Hard to read because it got boring.
  9. Through the Looking-Glass (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland #2) by Carroll Lewis
    A lot less interesting than Alice in Wonderland, and I read it with annotations and just… meh.
  10. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    I really liked this book in the end, but it was a ‘difficult’ read simply because it seemed never-ending. It took me 9 months to finish *cough*

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

  1. Oh oh… I was planning on reading “Life of Pi” soon!

    Some of my recent difficult reads were was “Solaris” by Stanislaw Lem followed by “Blindness” by José Samarago. The former was (interesting but) terribly depressing. The latest is a masterpiece but crushed my heart into tiny bits and threw them into a fire. I felt totally dejected.
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