Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ten difficult reads

For this week, the subject for Top Ten Tuesday is 10 books that were hard to get through, for various reasons.

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I tried to get into this one, I really did. Part of my difficulty might of had to do with the pile of books I needed to get through. So, once that pile is down a bit, I will most likely pick it up again.

2. The Story Kepper by Lisa Wingate
I really wanted to read this one, so I stuck it out this last week. I am so glad I did! It is one of those rare books that, while the beginning might be a bit slow, totally sucks one into the story until the last page. I highly recommend it!

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
I finished this one, but I haven't picked the other books up in the series. They are on my someday list....

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is another one that I tried to read and still haven't made it through the story. Which, is a shame, since I think it is right up my alley!

5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Another one that I had a hard time getting into, so I set it aside. My aunt is bringing me her copy to read, so then I won't have an excuse.;)

6. War and Peace by Tolstoy
I made it through, but I don't remember a lot of the details of the story.;) It was a bear to keep all the characters straight!

7. Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
Another one I made it through, but should of stuck with the cliff notes on.;)

8. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
I love the main character, since Molly is so sweet! I have to admit, her step sister drove me NUTS. And, the author died before finishing the story, though you know the gist of the ending.

9 The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by Lewis
I was pretty young when I first started the series, and didn't think I would ever get into it. Now, it is one of my very favorites!

10. Lord of the Rings Tolkien
My uncle, bless his heart, sent me some of his favorite books from his childhood. It took me a while to see the beauty of those books, like this series and Narnia, but I eventually did! I can see why they were his favorites, and they have become some of mine too.;)

What are some of the books you found hard to get through?


  1. I have a lot on my TBR list.
    However, I would like to read The Keeper.

    I also listed War & Peace.
    I read it just so I can say I read it.

    1. I always enjoy seeing your lists!
      You will have to let me know how you like the Story Keeper! I hope you will enjoy it, as I did.;)
      I know, it is one of those books that you read just to say that you finished it.;)

  2. Kudos for you getting through War and Peace. The older I get, the harder is is for me to keep track of lots of characters.

    Hard for me are books written in the 1800's. Last of the Mohicans is the last one I tried to read and failed. What's weird is that I used to love this book and others written at that time, but now the language throws me.

    1. I felt like I needed to make a list of characters to keep everyone straight!;)
      I hear you though, I doubt I could read it now and get much out of it.
      I have never read Last of the Mohicans!
      Books written in the 1800's (or before) do take a lot of concentration...:)