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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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∼Megan

 

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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner, Teen’s Choice Read #1

This year I decided to let my loyal teen readers pick reading materials for me. At our last book club meeting, I asked my high schoolers to jot down 2 titles they thought I needed to read and then I randomly picked one. My first official selection was The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.

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The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner
October 8, 2013
Delacorte Press
Hardcover, 323 pages.

What it’s about:

Michael is a gamer who spends almost all of his free time in the VirtNet, an extensive virtual reality world that offers a high-tech mind and body immersion experience. Michael and his friends (who have not actually met in real life) are expert hackers and often reap the benefits of knowing how to change game coding. It’s all in good fun, until a mysterious gamer known only as Kaine begins manipulating the VirtNet with devastating consequences in the real world. Suddenly Michael and his crew are called upon to help stop the rogue hacker. As the trio delves deeper into the unknown corners of the virtual world they discover that their real lives are actually at stake. Will they quit while they can or risk it all to stop Kaine from rendering gamers brain-dead in the real world?

Why you might like to read it:

If you like high-tech, high-stakes futuristic thrillers, you’ll probably enjoy this one. I however, never fully connected with the story. As an adult reading this, I totally understand the appeal, but I found that I was not completely willing to suspend my disbelief and therefore struggled with some of the major plot elements. I really loved the shocking twist at the end! It *might* be enough to compel me to read the next book. Maybe.

Want more like this?

I might have to insist that you immediately run out and get Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, BZRK by Michael Grant, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I have been meaning to checkout Erebos by Ursula Poznanski and Little Brother by Corey Doctorow as well.

Thanks, Jill for recommending this one! I can’t wait to see what I will be reading in February!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays with Megan

Happy Monday, everyone. After barely working at all last week this week is going to be a real shock to the system! I’m not scared; this week is going to be awesome. I am taking a new yoga class tonight, tomorrow I have my D & D kids at the library, and Friday I am finally going to see Catching Fire. Lots to look forward to! And I have some great books to work on (and I just finished some awesome books too!) Here’s a quick look at what I have been reading:

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.

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Finished:

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Boy, did I have an awesome reading week! Hm, lots of aliens here. Interesting.

  • A Stranger Thing by Martin Leicht. This sequel to Mothership (which I LOVED) was just as much fun. This volume had more alien action, a shocking twist, and a cliffhanger ending.
  • A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey. This one took my forever to get into, but once I did I found that I really liked it. In fact, I am still thinking about the characters. Regency era drama and witches!
  • The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore. I really cannot figure out why I am so hooked on this series. But, I am. Lots of action and betrayal in this latest volume and now I need the next.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This fantasy series has been on my TBR list for a while. I am so happy that I finally dove in. It is terrible and lovely like The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is terrible and lovely. Make sense? Also, Mal!! Of course, in my mind he looks just like a young Nathan Fillion. Enjoy.

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  • Saga, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan. This new series from native Clevelander and author of Y: Last Man is so truly bizarre that I cannot even begin to describe it. Intergalactic race wars, rocket ships made from tree, and a pair of star-crossed lovers. I loved it even more than the first volume.

Current Audio:

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I picked up The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer on Playaway. This was an impulse pick and I am really getting into this story of enduring friendship, art, and success. It’s a nice break from all the alien madness! I just started Sabriel by Garth Nix. I have heard great things about this series and I am ready to give it a try.

Currently Reading:

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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner is my Teen’s Choice pick for this month. I am about half way through and it is reminding me a little of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker is my Random Reads pick of the month. It was a really slow start for me, but about a third of the way in the story took an interesting turn and I am anxious to see where things go. I just got an advanced copy of Gene Luen Yang’s upcoming graphic novel, The Shadow Hero. This is a re-imagining of the first Asian superhero, The Green Turtle. Finally, I am trying to get into The Coal Elf by Maria DeVivo. This was another one that was recommended by a teen reader.

On Deck:

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This could change, of course, but I would like to work on my Winter TBR list, so I might pick up Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. I also have the newest Fables sitting at home. How have I ignored it for so long?? And finally, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender needs to be read or brought back. No more hanging out at my house!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan