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

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

I cheated a little a split this into two categories, books that were tough to get through because of subject matter and books that were just cringeworthy.

Five Difficult Reads

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

This book is really disturbing, it took me months to get through and just made me uncomfortable the whole time I was reading it. Kevin and his mother are both such damaged characters and it’s just hard to read about some of the violence and abuse that happens throughout the book.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden is about incest which pretty much explains why it was hard to read. I felt so bad for the main characters and at the same time the situation was so easy to understand. This book just gave me a lot of conflicting feelings while I was reading.

The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

This book is definitely the most disturbing thing I’ve ever read. It was so hard to read and what made it worse was that it was based on a true story. This is not a book for someone who gets queasy about violence and abuse. This is probably one of the most violent and heartbreaking books I’ve ever read.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I was really drawn into the story and mystery but at the same time I’m not sure there was one character I actually liked in this book. Everyone is awful and the things that go on between Amy and Nick are crazy. There were time where I just had to put the book down and to wrap my head around what was going on.

The Shining by Stephen King

The only reason this book was hard to get through was because it scared the crap out of me. I had to put it down multiple times and stop myself from freaking out. It’s a great book but one I can only read during the day.


Five Cringeworthy Reads

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

I was a fan of the Twilight series until this book. The whole magic, miracle baby thing really turned me off. I tired to accept it but this just ruined the whole series for me.

Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James

I wanted to see what all the hype was about with these books so I gave them a try. I regret it, some of the dialogue is just so cringeworthy. I got so much secondhand embarrassment reading these books.

Numbers by Rachel Ward

The whole premise of this book sounded so interesting, a girl who can see the date a person will die, but it just turned out to be so boring to me. I wanted to like it so much, but in the end I didn’t enjoy it at all.

Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

This is another book I wanted to love but ending up struggling to finish. I love a good post apocalyptic story but there was so much that was left unexplained in this book and it just left me confused.

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

I hated the main character, it was really hard for me to find sympathy for her. I wasn’t attached to her which made it hard to really get into the story.



Tamara @ Gone with the Words

18 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were Hard For Me To Read”

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      The baby just ruined the whole series for me, and don’t even get me started on that horrible name lol.

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      I can’t even imagine how bad the movie will be. Some of those lines said out loud will just be hilarious.

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    Alexandra @ SleepsOnTables

    Oooh Gone Girl! I’m one of the people that fell in love with the absolute craziness of that book. But, then I made my mom read it and she has some anger and resentment towards me now for that. Haha. The Shining has been on my list for a while & I’m so hoping to get to it soon because I love scary books! Great list!:D

    Alexandra @ SleepsOnTables

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks! My friend had the same reaction to Gone Girl, she was not happy with me for making her read it. I was thinking of reading The Shining again to get me in the Halloween mood :)

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    Jess Gofton

    Oh my gosh, I watched the film adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin and I definitely don’t want to read the book – that film made me want to get my tubes tied on the spot! I still need to try reading The Shining, but I’m not a big fan of Stephen King. Great list!

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks! We Need to Talk About Kevin made me feel the same way. It really scared me, that must be every parents nightmare.

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    Liesel Hill

    I haven’t read The Shining, but I saw the film (which I hear is quite different) but even for such an old movie, it was dang creepy. I kind of do want to read it, though, because I want to read Dr. Sleep, and I feel like I should read The Shining first. :D Great list! My TTT

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks! I haven’t read Dr. Sleep yet, but I might read The Shining again before I do.

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      I’m not alone! I’m glad I read it, but I understand why some people hate it, especially the ending.

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    I didn’t hate the main character of Unremembered, but I found her, and really the whole story, quite unmemorable. Glad to know I wasn’t only one who couldn’t get into it!

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    Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I agree about Gone Girl – things were pretty tense but then other times I was pretty much hating every character. I think that may have been the author’s intention haha.
    I haven’t read any of those cringe-worthy books and probably never will. They all sound terrible. :P

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