Top Ten Books that were Hard to Read

Morning friends. Today's entry brings us another Top Ten Tuesday. I think todays might be a struggle for some participants and I totally understand that. In fact, I was going to skip out on this one, then I managed to put together eight books. Here's how I look at today's potentially controversial topic: just because a story was "hard" for you to read - or more accurately in my specific parameters for today, not a book I enjoyed, or just difficult to get through - no matter the reason (plot, writing, character), doesn't mean the book isn't good for someone, it just means the novel didn't work for you or it didn't "click." Personally, I try very hard to find a good balance between being honest and sharing what I did like about a novel since normally there is always something to appreciate, respect or enjoy. That being said, hopefully books do find their audience and just because they didn't work for one person doesn't mean they won't work to touch someone else.

Basically, thank goodness there are multitudes of talented authors out there who write various genres.

We thank them.
the Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read
(because difficult of book, subject matter, because it was cringeworthy-- however you want to interpret)
-- reader suggested --

1 >> Avenged, by Janice Cantore

Reason: The Storytelling

I'm the biggest fan of suspense/cop dramas there is, yet for some reason, this series just didn't work.

2 >> The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reason: Characters and Subject Matter

Love the movies (weird, I know), not fond of the book - plus, what is up with Katniss??

3 >> The Promise of Amazing, by Robin Constantine

Reason: Content

This plot was darling and the characters memorable, however the excessive profanity made the story less of a charmer - and in my reading opinion, lessened the otherwise sweet potential.

4 >> Heart of the Country, by Rene Gutteridge

Reason: The Characters

Just didn't care for the evolution of the characters - plus someone I liked was basically forgotten in the end.

5 >> The Merciful Scar, by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue

Reason: The Themes

Really wanted to like this one, I just couldn't get behind some of the ways the story was told - inner monologue "fighting" against the first person narrative, mainly.

6 >> Unrivaled, by Siri Mitchell

Reason: The Characters

Much as I wanted to like this story... I just couldn't fall for it.

7 >> A Phantom Enchantment, by Eve Marie Mont

Reason: Too Wishy-Washy

The heroine was far too so-so for me - however I LOVED the fact that this book didn't end on a happily-ever-after. Unusual as that is, because of those wishy-washy emotions of the heroine, it fit the story nicely.

8 >> Gone South, by Meg Mosley

Reason: Wasn't for me

This one had its moments, but overall, it wasn't my cup of tea.

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Hit, by Lorie Ann Grover
Reason: Subject Matter

Another book I went in with high expectations and little hype, however the subject matter is a bit too "dicey" to be easily handled in a novel.

How about all of you: have there been any books that just weren't your cup of tea? Or didn't sit well with you because of the topics they tackled?

Share those thoughts below, and we'll discuss the pros and cons of - what else, books!


  1. I'd have to agree with you on Gone South. And we'll just disagree on Hunger Games. Though I will admit that the first one was hard to get into for me.

    1. Good to know I'm not the only one, Dawn. :) Oh, and that's just fine about THG. I know I'm in the way minority with the trilogy, though I do plan on reading the other two books - and I hear 'Catching Fire' is generally thought the best of the bunch! :)

    2. Yes Catching Fire is my personal fave in the series. I love the arena. I love the new characters. Of course I felt like I needed therapy after Mockingjay...

  2. I did like the Hunger Games somewhat, but I fully admit that, like you, I like the movies better. I just didn't relate to Katniss. I was rooting for her because she was the good guy, but not because I really *liked* her, you know?

    1. I'm definitely in the minority with THG, Hayden, so I'm quite used to everyone liking the book - and I'm glad that readers did like it. :) I like what you say about Katniss: you root for her because she's the good guy, not because she's easily liked. Well said - that's exactly the way to put it.

  3. I'm with you on The Promise of Amazing. It's still one of my favorite covers ever, but I quit reading only a short way into the story. All of the negativity I've saw made me realize I made the right choice. I'm with you on Unrivaled, too!

    I'm sad to see Heart of the Country on here. I've been looking forward to reading it, but I'll just go with something else now. (I was a little worried it was based on a movie, anyway. Those kinds of books usually aren't as good, imo.) :S

    1. Loved the concept and characters of 'Amazing,' but the profanity (didn't it seem to pepper nearly every sentence or paragraph?) was just "too much." I am okay with it to a certain degree, but that was extreme. Sad but true as regards Unrivaled.

      Oh, no! I'm sorry about Heart of the Country. You should still give it a go, Tammy as you may just wind up enjoying it. I actually saw the film first, so that could have swayed my opinion - plus the character I liked who I felt was merely there for "convenience " is treated mildly better in the film, so that could be part of my reservation. Hope you like whatever book you read next. :)

  4. The Hunger Games...the book is incredible. The movie is really lame. This comment could turn into a huge long rant, but I shall refrain;)
    I haven't read the other books. Some of them, I have heard of, though.

    1. LOL, that's okay, Raquel - rant or not. :) I wouldn't have minded. I know I'm in the minority with my HG reservations so I'm used to it.

      Happy reading - whatever you are currently enjoying. :)

  5. I was also pretty disappointed with Unrivaled, though I normally love Siri Mitchell's books.

    I'm sure I could think of more if I tried, but for now the only book that I remember being hard for me to read was The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I love the Harry Potter series so much, and I was so excited for that book. I wasn't worried about it being different from HP- I still expected to enjoy it. But between the awful profanity and content issues and the fact that every single character (in a huge cast of characters) was unlikable...goodness. That was the biggest reading disappointment I've ever had, I think.

    Now that I think of it, I can also add Wuthering Heights to the list. I loved Jane Eyre so much that I guess I expected Wuthering Heights to be somewhat similar to it, but it was basically the complete opposite. Not a real love story at all, and terribly depressing and a bit confusing. Ugh.

    1. That's what I've heard too, Kristin. Gives me an idea that I should read more of Siri's books, because I'd be certainly willing to try another of hers.

      It's a bummer when you love an authors books and then their newest, anticipated novel disappoints. Sorry you experienced that - and I'm with you about the profanity. Some I deal with and handle just fine. But in excess? Nope.

      I probably couldn't get through any Bronte - especially since I have my issues getting through Austen. ;)

  6. This is really interesting because a bunch of your picks were ones I started and never finished! With the exception of The Hunger Games-- I liked that one. ;) Great post, Rissi! And very well said about preference and books finding their audience. :)

    1. That IS interesting, Bekah; maybe I'm not the only one who had reservations about some of these - it's nice to know. I guess I could say I liked THG, I just had a bit of trouble accepting Katniss and the premise. (Love the movies though.)

      Thanks - as always, for reading! :)

  7. So I saw this post earlier this week and am finally getting the chance to comment!

    Hit - I took one look at the synopsis and promptly agreed with you.

    The Hunger Games - Hmm. That's interesting. I haven't read it and I don't know if I will but until now I hadn't heard of anyone not liking the series. That piques my curiosity.

    Gone South - I have that book... it's been sitting here for a while... More than a year. Don't know when/if I'll give it a try.

    I think I'll look up the other ones you've mentioned.

    1. No worries - late comments are just as welcome, Ganise; glad you later remembered.

      Hit - there was one too many "issues" with the story for me to fully get behind.

      The Hunger Games - I'm used to being the "only" person who has reservations with this series. I do like the movies though. Weird, I know. ;)

      Gone South - this isn't a bad book by any means, it just wasn't the book "right" for me. Or not at the time it wasn't.

      Hope you find some good reads, Ganise! :)


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