Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books I had trouble getting into.

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists about:Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read (because difficult of book, subject matter, because it was cringeworthy– however you want to interpret).  I’ve decided to pick ten books I finished, cause we all know by now if I don’t like a book I’ll not finish it, but struggled to get into.  Somehow I managed to finish these books, most were read before the blog when I had loftier ideals about finishing what I started.  So here we go, ten books I had trouble reading.

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) This book had to be at the top of the list.  Took me over a month to finish.  Yesterday I finished a book with similar page count in a day.  This book was like slow torture and I have seriously considered using it as punishment for unruly library patrons to read.  I know many people love it, but the only reason I reviewed it was so I could remind myself never to read another one of Tolkien’s books again. Ever.  The story didn’t move, there were no female characters of significance, and Tolkien over described everything.  By the end of book one I didn’t give a damn if they ever reached the mountain to throw the stupid ring into the fires or not, I just wanted it to end.  Funny thing, I think the same thing about the movies.
  2. The Gate Thief (Mither Mages, #2) This is book two in this series.  I enjoyed the first one, but this one was just a drag to read.  Perhaps my opinion of Card had been swayed a teeny tiny bit by the fact that I found out he was a rabid right-winger with a completely incompatible ideology from myself that I found his beliefs continuously bleeding through in his text.  Maybe, just a bit.  Anyways like Tolkien, Card is now off my to-read list permanently.
  3. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)  Wanted to like this one, and I did end up giving it a three star rating, but it was such a slow read.  Too much politics to slog through.  While I’m glad I read it, I think I would have been happier just watching the musical.
  4. A Thousand Splendid Suns  I liked The Kite Runner, and it is still one of my husband’s favorite books.  This one was painful to read.  Not that it could be pleasant, or should be, it depicts the plight of women in Afghanistan.  I left this book so depressed and really wish the author could have found a way to put some sort of happy end or justice for the women in the story.  That would not be realistic, though, and I fear that most woman have a much harsher reality then the lives portrayed in this work of fiction.  Important read, just difficult.
  5. A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, #2)  Had to put one paranormal story on here someplace.  This book represents the entire series.  I can’t believe I managed to work through four titles in this world.  I just didn’t care for the series, and don’t think I will be going back.
  6. Driftless  The next three books are all All Iowa Reads selections that I had to read for work.  Obviously they don’t select books that I would ever be remotely interesting in (this year’s selection, Little Wolves, wasn’t bad though) and I often find myself assigning pages just so I can get through it to join in at the book talk the library hosts.  This book was difficult because there were so many characters and we were constantly switching back and forth between P.O.V.
  7. Sing Them Home Two words: Strange and Boring.
  8. The Rope Walk  Another case of too much description.  The story just never went anywhere and was so slow to read
  9. The Returned  This book was not what I was expecting.  Felt like something was missing and never was able to build a connection to the characters.
  10. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe  This book also was not what I was expecting.  The story was strange, the author was also the main character and it ended up being one big loop.  The idea was great, just poorly executed in my opinion.  Would have DNFed but it was a book I selected for the library and felt obligated to read it.  Still the spine label for this book cracks me up.  Think about it.  Fiction section and author’s last name.

Look forward to checking out all your lists.  Happy Tuesday everyone.

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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books I had trouble getting into.

  1. I agree with your assessment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy but don’t give up totally on Tolkien. The Hobbit was soooooo much better. Imagine the trilogy condensed into 1 book and that potential for a great epic fantasy and you have the Hobbit. Thank God someone else agrees on the trilogy though I thought it was just me!

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    • I’ve heard that the Hobbit was better, but still hesitant about Tolkien. His lack of female characters really bothers me, but if I come across a different title that looks interesting I might give it a go. Thanks for the encouragement.

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