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

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme from The Broke and The Bookish.

This week, the topic is “Books that were hard for me to read”. I’ve had a bit of a think about what books I should include in this… should it be writing style or content? I can’t decide which to go for, so I’ll do a bit of both. It’s too hot for much more thinking than that!

1. Writing style and content. I found the animal cruelty in this book to be quite horrible and though short, it felt like wading through thick, moralistic mud at times. You can read my review here!

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2. I do not like stream of consciousness, though I found this book easier the second time around.

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3. It isn’t often that I feel like I need a translator for my own language, but then there is Emerson.

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4. …AND AND AND AND AND AND AND. I counted 34 ANDS in one paragraph while reading this. That was just by flipping to a random page and counting. No. Just no.

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5. The murder of Anita Cobby is always in the back of my mind while I’m walking home at night, and I’m sure many Australian women feel the same. Absolutely horrific and disgusting, especially when it occurred in my city and I know people who knew the perpetrators. My mother worked for the police force at the time of Anita’s murder and says that there were a lot of traumatised police and other staff as a result of this crime. The book itself is fantastic and very sympathetic, I definitely recommend it to true crime lovers.

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6. Disclaimer: I didn’t actually finish this book, because I had to rush on to the next one for uni, but the large chunk I did read was disturbing as all hell.

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7. Again, didn’t finish, though attempted 3 times, because of the writing style. I was probably a bit young and wasn’t used to Victorian writing, and the Yorkish dialect was difficult. Plus, everyone is so despicable, I doubt I will like this when I give it another shot.

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8.  I just finished this. Currently writing my review, but let’s just say… it was not my favourite.

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9. This book induced so much rage that I found it very difficult not to throw this out the nearest window.

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10. I’ve debated over including this one, but I’ve decided to. I really like this book but I found it uncomfortable on many levels. I think Hunter S. Thompson was an utter genius and by making me feel uncomfortable, he’s achieved his goal!

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I can’t wait to see everyone else’s lists!

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21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

  1. I’m such a wuss and usually shy away from all classics in general (besides Dickens…I do love his books). But I’ve heard scary things about Wuthering Heights. I know it’s a different author…but Jane Eyre? That terrified me. >_< I don't think I've read a classic since I attempted that one! I didn't mind George Orwell's Time Machine book, though.
    Here’s my TTT!

    • You mean H.G. Wells’ Time Machine. Sorry, but it just caught my attention, and I am sure that you typed the wrong thing 😉

    • I haven’t read any Dickens! Which one should I start with?
      Don’t be afraid of classics, there’s definitely some good ones. Charlotte and Anne Bronte write very differently to Emily!
      Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books! It takes a little bit to get into the swing of it, but once you’re in, you’re racing.
      I’ll check it out!

  2. I can understand you about having difficutlies with Mrs. Dalloway. It really was a strange book, although it was quite thin. But I can’t understand about 1984. It is one of my most favorite books, and in my opinion this book should be mandatory for every school to read it with their students. In my opinion, everyone has to read this book in order to understand the society we live in today. It really is scary in some way, but what a genius Orwell has been to write about this and predict the future in some way.

  3. I’ve only read Virginia Woolf’s On Being Ill, which was very verbose. I don’t think I’d easily read more of her. And I’ve only read Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which also just didn’t tickle my fancy.
    I DO plan on reading 1984, though.

    • I do hope to actually finish 1984 at some point, what I read was very well done.
      I want to like Woolf, but her personality gets to me and I’m just not a huge fan of her writing. Mrs Dalloway has grown on me though. She’s definitely very verbose!

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