I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's prompt is:
Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read
I'm dividing my list into three sections: First, books that were hard for me to read because of the difficulty of the book; Second, because of the subject matter; and Third, because it was cringe-worthy.
First, books that were DIFFICULT
10. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
This book is SOOOOOOOOOOO LOOOOOOOOOOOONNNGGGG.
9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8. The Bible
Long. Also, the Book of Isaiah. (I discovered that I really love the Book of James, though.)
7. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
This book finally made me realize that I will never be a Dickens groupie.
Second, books that had difficult SUBJECT MATTER
6. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
I spent a lot of time studying Shakespeare in grad school, but I could never understand this play, nor reconcile it with his other work and portrayal of women.
5. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
I actually love this book, despite the fact that it illustrated all my darkest nightmares.
4. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
This book was very,very difficult to read, purely because of the terrible and all too prevalent subjects it discusses. (Domestic violence, drug abuse, neglect, death, crippling mental illness, selfishness, etc.)
Third, books that were CRINGE-WORTHY
(maybe I just dislike orange covers...?)
3. Watt by Samuel Beckett
I see the value of this book, but I struggled not to slam my head into my desk the whole time I was reading it.
2. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I really, really hate the first half of this book. So much so, that the brilliance of the second half failed to make up for it. *dodges tomatoes*
1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I can't even think about this book without cringing.
What's the hardest book you've ever read?