Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books That Were a Struggle to Get Through.
This list could also be called: Lori’s a Big Giant Black Sheep. Seriously. I feel like if a book is beloved, I will probably not love it too. I don’t know what my problem is but that’s why I’m always so nervous with hyped books. Most of the books below are ones that I read because so many people already loved them or they were getting a lot of hype. Several of them I actually ended up liking, a few I still hate (*cough* Grasshopper Jungle *cough*), and most were just okay. But all of them at one point or another in the book caused me to seriously think about putting it down and just not finishing it. Here they are:
Grasshopper Jungle: This one was a struggle because I hated it all the way through but it was a bookclub book and I’d already loved Winger so I felt I really needed to finish it. It wasn’t worth it in the end.
Code Name Verity: This just isn’t my type of book. The writing style didn’t really mesh with me, it felt slow and it just generally isn’t a book I’d usually read but EVERYBODY loves this one so I had to try.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks: I picked this up because it’s a beloved feminist book. But while reading it, it didn’t feel that way at all to me and when it didn’t mesh with my expectations at all, I struggled from that point on. Plus, I hated Frankie.
City of Lost Souls: This whole series just lost itself after book 3 but book 5 was where I really struggled with the characters and just why was the book even written? I still finished the series, of course, but I wish it had only been three books.
Dreams of Gods & Monsters: This is a long book. And it felt exactly that long. It was just, unfortunately, not a good series ender. There was a lot of buildup, a lot of dealing with the same feelings over and over again, and no real climax. It felt like for 600 or so pages, nothing at all happened. And that made it really hard for me to keep reading.
Truthwitch: I think the real problem was this was the huge, very early hype and then the fact that the two main characters’ voices felt so similar. Also, I had trouble settling into the world they lived in and after the opening scene, it just felt really boring. I ended up liking it okay but I still haven’t read the sequel.
The Dream Thieves: Both this and the first book took me a really long time to read. I just don’t love the writing style and the whole thing just feels really slow. I still want to finish the series but it looks like it’s going to be about one book per year for me with this series.
A Torch Against the Night: I half loved this (Elias), half hated it. I really liked the way it started and seeing them on the run but about halfway through I felt like it got off track. Also, Laia kept making horrible decisions and I hated some of the things she did. It was hard to get through for me and it made me sad because I really wanted to love it.
A Shadow Bright and Burning: I really ended up not being a fan of this. I’m just tired of books with a special snowflake female who ends up surrounded by men telling her what to do. And reading it, it almost felt like the writer had a great idea to start with but not really a great way to execute that idea. It took me a while to read.
Stalking Jack the Ripper: This was one that I really ended up liking in the end. I actually put the book down for a while after it being so slow and then tried the audiobook and it stuck and I could wait to read more. I’m reading the sequel now and it is also a very slow read for me but I’m still enjoying it.
What books have you struggled to get through?