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Today's topic is top ten books that were hard for me to read, for whatever reason (content, writing style, emotions, etc.)
1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Too much nonfiction hidden in a fiction book. Hear me grumble about it in this post.
2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Don't get me wrong, I adore this book! I adore it SO MUCH. I just don't particularly adore Hugo's many digressions. They were definitely hard to get through. (And I do confess I skimmed occasionally.)
(I ramble about Les Miz in four separate posts here.)
3. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
Sigh... I can't seem to get into GoT. I love high fantasy and all that comes with it, but after reading the second book of the series, I couldn't handle it anymore. And I didn't mind the deaths - truly I didn't! I just thought it sounded too much like a historical account. Everyone was a main character and no one was a main character. I stopped caring, which is definitely not a good thing. (Read my full post on GoT here.)
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This one was hard to read because of course it's darn hard to focus on the words on the page when waterfalls are pouring out of your eyes. (My review here.)
5. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant
I'm sure you've heard me rant about this one in previous Top Ten Tuesdays. The writing is good and yet - the hero (anti-hero?) keeps taking advantage of all these women and never ever ever gets his comeuppance! It makes me SO MAD. (If you want to read my longer rantings, it's #2 in this TTT.)
6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Tough, long, Russian lit. Why wouldn't War and Peace be on this list? But ultimately, I'm glad I read it (and had a class on it, with a very helpful teacher.)
(You can read one of my essays for that class here.)
That's all I have for today, since my Freshman Assemble post also went up earlier this morning. (Sophia has two posts in one day? What is the world coming to?)
What books did you find hard to read? And why?
If you did a post on todays TTT - link it to me in the comments!