Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we list our top 10 book-related things.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday consists of ten books that were hard for me to read.
For this one I decided not to stick to a general theme, all the books below of different reason as to why they were so hard for me to read. Some are books I actually managed to finish, while others are books I haven't finished yet and either plan to or don't plan to pick back up. But somehow I ended up having 5 books that were classics, how!? So, let's begin!!
Top 5 Classics
1) Lord of the Flies by William Golding (★★★) - This book...oh boy where do I even begin. Well, let me start by saying I love classics, even when I was younger I enjoyed reading them. I had to read this back in high school and I just hated it! I found the pace was too slow, heavily descriptive, I despised the characters and was just grossed out to the max when it comes to a certain event involving Piggy.
2) Animal Farm by George Orwell (★★)- Now this is a book that I was expecting to love but didn't. I read 1984 and LOVED IT! Read Animal Farm about 2 months after and just couldn't get into it...at all. I recently bought it and hoping to re-read it soon. Maybe my thoughts on it will change...
3) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (★★★★) - When I first read this book I gave it 2 stars, I ended up just re-reading it over the course of a couple of years and now I can finally (some what) appreciate it.
4) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (★★★) - I'm just going to say that this one is my own fault. I had to write a comparative essay between Siddhartha and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and I read The Alchemist first and loved it! When I started Siddhartha I just couldn't get into the story or follow what was happening. I found the characters to be very bland and the moral of the book didn't really effect me the way The Alchemist does.
5) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (★★★★) - Oh Dickens. I'm not sure if there really is anything I can say that anyone hasn't heard. I struggled the first 3 times I read this, I constantly wanted to bang my head against the wall it was just so slow and too descriptive! But I took a university English Lit class and was actually able to really dissect and understand certain themes throughout Great Expectations.
Top 5 Books on my 'Try-Again' Shelf
6) The Host by Stephenie Meyer - I have actually lost count of how many times I have started this book, I've tried that many times. I read Twilight when it wasn't popular and nobody knew what it was (yes that phase did exist) so after the series blew up I was already hesitant but everyone kept saying that once you get passed the first couple of chapters it picks up...LIES!!
7) I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella - FOOTNOTES. This book has damn footnotes all throughout and I found it to be so distracting that I kept putting it down. I have yet to pick it back up and finish it.
8) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey - I'm not sure if there are enough words to describe how upset I am with this stupid book!! Okay, it's not stupid. Why do I loathe this book at the moment? Because it put me in my first reading slump EVER! Last December I picked it up and got 183 pages in and just couldn't get passed 190.
9) Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - I blame this entirely on the edition I received. I bought the e-book version and there were grammatical errors and it drove me up the wall. I thought it was just me but another girl made the same comment when we were reading this for Bookish Beauties Book Club. It sucks that I'll be paying for this twice, but at some point I'm just going to buy a physical copy and give it a try.
10) Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Oh Cinder, I want to love!! I started this as a buddy read with 2 other girls and was just so confused within the first 6 chapters that I just had to put it down. I'm not giving up, I WILL try to read it again before this year is over.
Are anyone of these are your list? Have you read any of these? Please leave comments & links to your Top Ten Tuesday posts below!
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