Top Ten Tuesday-Books That Were Difficult to Read 9/30/14


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, was suggested by readers. They are asking about books that were hard to read. There are a number of reasons a book may be hard to read. I made a deal with myself a long time ago to only read books that I like, but sometimes I feel an obligation to read things that make me uncomfortable. Also, it’s good to get out of your comfort zone every now and then.

Hard to read because of the subject:

1. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. This was harder than Code Name Verity because of the disturbing and graphic descriptions of life in a concentration camp. I really try to avoid Holocaust books as much as possible. Definitely well-written and deserving of all the praise, but difficult for me to finish nonetheless.

rose under fire

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I knew better than to read this one, but I allowed myself to get swept up in the John Green craze and boy, did I regret it. My #1 reading rule is NO CANCER BOOKS. This is what happens when I break the rule. I have to officially and forever break up with John Green. I am done.

fault in our stars

3. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. Oh, man. This book about bullying and mean girls is brutal. You should feel uncomfortable reading it. It’s fantastic and terrible.

some girls are

4. Tease by Amanda Maciel. Another disturbing book about bullying, with slut-shaming added to the mix. And suicide.



5. Reality Boy by A.S. King. This one really made me stop and think about reality television, and I didn’t like what I came up with. It’s gross. I just felt to bad for Gerald the entire time I was reading. I love A.S. King and I love the way she tackles tough topics!

reality boy

6. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. I am noticing a pattern here…So Holocaust and cancer books are hard and they tend to be no-nos, but bullying? Just as hard, but I read A LOT of them! I am not sure how I feel about this realization.

forgive me leonard

7. Monster by Ilsa Bick. This one was a surprise to me. I read and liked the first two books in the trilogy, but I actually never finished though because of the graphic violence. It was too much for me!


Because I just wasn’t buying it…

8. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. I just wasn’t able to completely suspend by disbelief. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and More Than This by Patrick Ness are much better choices. I read this one because a teen reader recommended it to me.


9. Small Town Sinner by Melissa C. Walker. I am not sure why this even on my radar, but is was a Random Read selection so I toughed it out.

small town sinners

10. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. It pains me that I feel this way, but I thought this was let down. I was expecting something so fresh and new and exciting in the vampire world and I just didn’t get it.

coldestHappy Reading!



6 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday-Books That Were Difficult to Read 9/30/14

  1. I couldn’t even finish Ashes because it was too graphic! It actually gave me apocalyptic nightmares.

    I haven’t read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, mainly because I read a short story by the author set in that world… and I didn’t really care for it. I think I have vampire fatigue at this point.

  2. I still haven’t read Rose Under Fire because I just know that I will be an emotional mess. I do want to read it, but I’m not in the right mind frame quite yet.

  3. I thought Rose was a little happier than Verity, but neither of them were exactly happy. o.O

  4. Ugh I totally agree with you about Rose Under Fire. *sobs a little* I’m reading it now and while it is 100% incredible, I feel so depressed every time I finish a little bit. THE TORTURE THEY WENT THROUGH. I’m like 70% through and I will finish it, but seriously…I dread each time I pick it up.
    I skipped Tease because I didn’t think I’d handle it too well. >_<
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my TTT! I totally agree with your choices. Would you believe that I actually didn’t know what I was getting into with TFiOS? John Green just ripped my heart right out and stomped on it. I hope you have happy reading this week!

  6. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I’ve only read The Fault in Our Stars on your list, but I have quite a few of these on my wishlist like Reality Boy, Rose Under Fire, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Thanks for sharing!

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