Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

 Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

So today's Top Ten was book that were hard to read.  This could be because of the difficulty of book, subject matter, because it was cringeworthy-- however we wanted to interpret it.  I have a mix between subject matter and cringeworthiness.


 1. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
I wasn't a fan of the story or the writing style, but what really made it hard for me to read was how anti-Seattle it was.  Look, I live in Seattle.  I love Seattle.  I can stand to have it poked fun at, but this was just...mean!  Sshhh, don't worry Seattle, the big bad book didn't mean it.  You're beautiful.

 Where'd You Go, Bernadette

 2. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Another one I was on the fence about until it takes a sudden dark turn that I was really upset about.  And not only did I dislike what happened, but I hated how it was dealt with (or in this case, not dealt with).  I was just left unsettled and angry about the whole thing. 


3. The Jewel by Amy Ewing 
I was really excited about this one, but it ended up being terrible.  Like, I could barely get through it.  I would have put it down except it was a review copy.  Awful, I say!

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)  

4. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Booklist finalist?  Must be good!  Nope.  I really didn't like it.  I didn't care about any of the characters or anything they did.  They were all kind of awful people.  It made it hard to read this.

A Visit from the Goon Squad 

 5. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Oh god.  I haven't seen the show, but I've heard it is very different than the book.  Which is good because Piper is just about the whiniest, self-absorb person I've ever read.  And knowing it is true, make it even harder.  Ugh.

Orange Is the New Black

6. Sarah's Key by Tatiana DeRosnay
This was hard to read because of the subject matter - the Vel' d' Hiv roundup of French Jews in WWII.  There are some really gut-wretching scenes involving young kids and as a mom of a young kid, I had a hard time reading it.

 Sarah's Key

7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I had so many issues with this book and the way it dealt with the subject of teen suicide.  I also had a MAJOR problem with something the main character didn't stop from happening even though she had every opportunity.  I wanted to throw this book across the room.

Thirteen Reasons Why

8.Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Another cringeworthy one.  It was so bad!  Terribly written, huge plot holes, flat characters...how did this even get published?

Dear Killer

9. Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie
I love Sherman Alexie.  He was one of my favorite authors we read in my Native American Literature class in college.  But this book was something else.  I have never read anything so angry in my life.  It made more than one person cry in my class.

Indian Killer

10. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
This book is one big WTF.  And I'm still mad about the goat. 

How I Live Now



  1. I'm going to read The Jewel soon and I really hope I'll end up liking it! I've read mixed reviews, some say it's great some says it's horrible, I'm so afraid! Haha. I loved Thirteen Reasons Why when I read it but I was angry with the main character too, in the end she really caused a lot of problem to herself.
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  2. I'm so sad to hear that you didn't like The Jewel. That was one of the fall books I was definitely looking forward to. :/ I might not buy it now, but I still want to read it. Yay for libraries! :)

  3. I gave up on Dear Killer almost immediately. I was so disappointed, but I just couldn't do it. I was not a fan of How I Live Now either. Thanks for sharing! ~Megan

  4. Totally AGREED on 13 Reasons Why. I literally could not hate that book more. I can't believe people rever it as a YA classic. What message is it even sending?! If-you're-near-to-suicide-take-down-as-many-people-with-you-as-you-can?! I think Hannah was the real villain there, tbh. The entire book has scarred me. >_<
    I had no idea Orange is the New Black was a book! lol!
    And The Jewel? *shudders*
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

  5. Now I'm super curious about the goat! And oh my god yes!! You, Cait, and me can be the only three people in the world who hated 13 Reasons Why! I'm so happy I no longer feel alone on that one, because it just...astounds me how much people love it. Like really, really, gushing in love, love it. It always makes me feel crazy and somewhat dumbfounded people feel that way. And from what I've seen of Orange is the New Black (I watched a bunch of episodes out of order which is definitely not teh way to do it), Piper is everyone's least favourite character. It's really funny though, I definitely recommend it. I don't know yet why everyone hates her, but that's because most of the episodes I saw didn't even have her in them!



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