Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read.

Given my pathological inability to DNF (‘do not finish’) a book, I’ve suffered through some rather difficult reads in my lifetime. Some, like Faking Normal and Wintergirls were undeniably worth it, difficult to read only because of the depth and realism of the subject matter being explored. Others, however, were not quite worth the same agony. Whether it was because of insufferable characters, narrative style, length, an off-putting or offensive ‘romance’, or some combination thereof, below please find ten of the most difficult books I’ve ever read.

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

2) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

3) The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger

4) Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

5) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

6) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

7) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (720 Pages)

8) Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1,037 Pages)

9) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

10) Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt

7 responses to “Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read”

  1. I love how you’ve set out your list this week. I agree with you about Faking Normal and Wintergirls. Both books were quite hard to get through because of their subject matter.
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  2. Oh! I had forgotten all about Mrs. Dalloway! That one was difficult to get through. I also had to walk away from Lord of the Flies several times while reading it; sometimes you need breathing room to finish these books!
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  3. Jess Gofton says:

    Great list! Lord of the Flies, Gone With the Wind and A Clockwork Orange are all classics I’d like to read one day, but all of them seem pretty intimidating in their own ways.
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  4. Megz says:

    I kind of enjoyed LotF… until that part with Piggy, which made me really sad. But so many people hate the book that I wonder if I might be a masochist 😛
    Agree with Twilight… seriously bad romance 😀
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  5. Fida says:

    I really want to read FAKING NORMAL. WINTERGIRLS is on list, too.
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  6. “Bad Romance”… hahaha. Twilight is the only one of these I’ve read, actually. I tried to read Lord of the Flies years ago, but I gave up because I couldn’t figure out who was speaking without counting back through the paragraphs (seriously… ever heard of a dialogue tag?).
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  7. Jamie says:

    Faking Normal was really a hard one to read for the subject matter! I need to read Wintergirls this reminds me bc I love LHA!
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