Top Ten Difficult Reads
For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, my definition of “difficult” varies – I’ve included books that were either challenging to read because of the structure of the novel or the type of language used, and books that were difficult to read because of the subject matter.
I’ve done it again, guys! I always post these too early before I’ve had a chance to actually edit it. Thank you to those of you who comment regardless! Hopefully now this post will make more sense! My lap-top is still on strike, so beautifully crafted photos will be added tomorrow. I know, I’m falling apart at the seams #bookbloggerfail.
1. Tease by Amanda Maciel – I have so many mixed emotions about this book. It was an interesting read, gritty, realistic and probably reflects real-life quite closely, it made me squirm, it made me uncomfortable, and by the end I still wasn’t sure what to think. A worthwhile read that I still think about months later! Review of Tease by Amanda Maciel.
2. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer – A complicated and intricate novel about mental illness, that touches on difficult subject matters, as well as being written in a style that takes some getting used to. I have a feeling I will be saying, “interesting”, a lot during this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, because most books that tackle difficult subjects tend to be… interesting. Review of The Shock of the Fall.
3. Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair – This book contains “trigger” topics for a lot of people – torn families, substance abuse, sexual assault etc. While at times it could be a difficult read, I think it was handled very well, and very thoughtfully by St. Clair. Review of Louder Than Words.
4. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver – A deep, dark and thought-provoking book that has stayed with me for years, and a book I
push recommend to anyone who will listen! A very difficult read at times, but definitely worth it. Traumatising, but in a good way. I first read this years ago, so have never reviewed it on this blog, maybe I should start a Throwback Thursday feature?…
5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – How could you make a list of difficult reads and not include the Baird? I had to study 3 William Shakespeare plays at school, so we read this as well as King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in great detail, before watching the movie adaptations. I actually found studying these in-depth to be hugely beneficial, but couldn’t imagine tackling one of these bad boys on my own for “fun”!
6. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer – I read this for the first time when I was relatively young, and some of the details in this book are very shocking, so be prepared going into it. This is a true story about child abuse, one of the first that I remember seeing around, as I know these have become reasonably “popular” in recent years as more and more cases hit the press. A few years ago I researched this book a little more, and was disappointed to see some people’s reactions, questioning the validity and honesty of the story. It amazes me that people either refuse to believe, or don’t want to believe, that there are horrible people in this world who do horrible things.
7. We Were Liars by E Lockhart – This wasn’t an overly difficult book to read, but it took me a little while to get into the head-space of it, and to realise that the author was using metaphors as literal statements. By the end, I felt like I needed a second read-through (which I haven’t had yet) to fully absorb and understand the story. Review of We Were Liars.
8. Room by Emma Donoghue – This book tackles some darker themes, and is also narrated by a 5 year old. That in itself took some getting used to. A really worthwhile read that I thoroughly enjoyed, but at times was made more difficult by trying to understand a 5 year old’s perspective of the world. Review of Room.
9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – It must be a well-known fact by now that I struggle with the classics (but I keep trying)! I was supposed to read this during Austen August hosted The Book Heap, but I
kind of failed miserably. I managed to get to the half-way mark this time, which is a record to-date! I have to say reading the book after watching the BBC TV show adaptation was much more enjoyable than my previous attempts prior to seeing it. But I still didn’t manage to finish it. At least, not yet.
10. Game of Thrones by George R R Martin – I’m kind of cheating with this one, as I haven’t even attempted to read these yet. I bought the 7 book set for an absolute steal, and as everyone talks about the books and TV show, I thought, “why not”? It seemed like a good idea at the time. Except I’m petrified of high fantasy, and never justify the time it would take to read these. However, I recently read and loved Throne of Glass, which is apparently high fantasy (?), so that’s encouraged me a little…
Which books made your list today? Do you have any great “difficult read” recommendations for me? Link me up or let me know in the comments! Happy reading, Book Geeks!