Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down (the theme is…books you had a hard time with…tweak it how ever you need)
Look, books are hard sometimes, okay? Sometimes the payoff ends up being totally worth it, and you’re giddy that you kept reading, even though it was a struggle at some point. Sometimes… you want to hit yourself because why did you finish that thing? And sometimes you just give up, and that’s okay too!
And sometimes, love it or hate it, you just have no freaking clue what you just read. Sometimes it is just a hard book to read- perhaps it’s very descriptive, or has very intense world-building that takes a few hundred pages to get. In these cases, I’m pretty sure I am the problem, not the book, so take this list with a grain of salt. Oh, and I adored some of these, don’t misunderstand- they just were harder to read!
1) I still don’t think I fully understand why I am supposed to like this book. And for a short book, it took me a hell of a long time to read, because I think I stopped giving any fucks. (My Review)
2) So. Slow. You’d think murder would be quicker to read about, no? 🤔 (My Review)
3) This book was awesome but the language and intricate world building took me a hot second to get down. And it was very detailed and took a bit to read- but totally worth it! (My Review)
4) I will be reviewing this when I (finally) finish all the Indecision Games books, but… I don’t know, I don’t think I “get” this book? I moderately liked it, but I was also moderately bored.
5. This is an epic fantasy, for sure. And the world building is exquisite and definitely equally epic. But my brain is not epically inventive, so I had to spend a lot of time grasping the world. Definitely a “me problem”. (My Review)
6. This is another Indecision Games book, so I’ll spare you the details. But I felt like it was basically Harry Potter meets The Hunger Games… in space. And I was kind of bored. Spoiler alert: This won’t be winning the Games.
7. I had all sorts of trouble with this one. I was simultaneously bored and confused, so that was a thing that happened. (My Review)
8. GAH, I know guys! Look, this does not mean that I didn’t like it- I did! It just took me a realllly long time to get into? (If it helps, I had much better luck with Crooked Kingdom!)
9. This was the most confusing book I have ever read. I still don’t know what it was about. I begged for help on Goodreads, but I suppose no one else has any idea either? (My Review)
10. Ugh, this was 725 pages of the same damn other five books I read before it. I wish I was better at knowing when to give up. (My Review)
11. Okay, again, I didn’t not like this one! (I am reading AGoS right now, actually!) Look- this book (and clearly Victoria) has a much better literary mind than I do. I just asked Val yesterday if any of the Londons are real. See? It’s me. (My kind-of review)
12. I hate to even list this bullshit alongside actual books, but it fits the list basically more than any of them. This… this is garbage, and I hated reading it because it made me mad and cringey. But I was feeling stubborn and wanted to yell about it, so I finished it. (My “Review”, aka, My Rant)