I eat books vivaciously.
But, like brussel sprouts darn the cursed little objects I don’t always like the books I eat. Sometimes I think they’ve got plot holes so large I could fall into Wonderland. Other times I’m just uncomfortable with the subject. And still other times I haven’t got the faintest idea what they’re talking about.
I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: Top 10 Books I Found Hard To Read (for various or any reasons)
1. This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
Why was it hard? It’s about a dead girl! I’m not being disrespectful…it’s just the plain honest and simple truth. It’s a memoir about a girl who died of cancer (she inspired John Green’s TFIOS too, by the way) and I just found it incredibly hard to swallow. It was sad.
And there were also some dubious statements and incomplete tellings that made me frown. Like Esther’s parents being mad at her for being tired all the time (um…she has cancer?) and all the medical details were left out of her death AND everyone in the book had an inability to grieve. If anyone was sad for too long they were being “ungrateful”. Gosh. It’s okay to cry, peoples.
2. Brotherband: The Outcasts by John Flanagan
Why was it hard? Because I’m an absolute die-hard FAN of Ranger’s Apprentice, and Brotherband was a woeful companion story. It was absolutely stuffed with mistakes! Contradictions! Illogical events!
3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Why was it hard? Do you remember me whining incessantly about this book? “I can’t read it,” I wailed, “it’ll be too painful and I might hate it.” I’m such a pathetic antelope.
In other news, it was completely painful and I did love it, but only because it broke my brain and all other emotions died. My ship basically sank. Nothing went right. People were mean. The usual, but still, in case you’re wondering? I AM STILL UNOKAY. (Don’t get me wrong, I loved this book a lot, but it was still incredibly hard to read.)
4. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
Why was it hard? Despite the author having an infamously cool last name…this book was ridiculous. I usually LIKE ridiculous! (Hello! Lemony Snicket fan sitting right here, still complaining about not knowing what VFD stands for.) But A Corner of White just was so far from making sense that I choked.
5. Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais
Why was it hard? BECAUSE IT WAS FREAKY. Not in a “horror” way…in a this-kid-is-a-sociopath-but-they’re-letting-him-hurt-his-a-teenage-girl-if-only-it-might-make-him-feel-something. So, so, so wrong. It was a very luring tale (I couldn’t put it down) but it was more like watching a kid with a very tall glass of juice and realising you’ll be moping the floor in 2.4 seconds.
6. Say What You Will by Cammie
Why was it hard? Because it was supposedly about two teens with illnesses (mental and physical) who develop an unlikely friendship. NO. It’s actually about a girl with cerebral palsy who bullies a boy with anxiety into being “fixed” so he’s in the appropriate frame of mind for a relationship with her. So so wrong. I have zero tolerance for bullies.
7. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Why was it hard? I realise I’m a Hater in a 99.9% crowd of Huge Fans. I APOLOGISE. But I was appalled at this book. I felt physically sick because this was about a girl bullying bullies in an attempt to guilt them into remorse. She (while being dead) affectively destroyed lives. And her “bullies”? Half of them didn’t even WRONG her.
8. The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna
Why was it hard? Because I was too busy sleeping. I’m sorry…I truly am. I suspect this book would appeal more to people who a) like books that don’t make sense, b) like period dramas, c) like romances with no emotion because “that wouldn’t be proper, sir”.
9. Abberant by Ruth Silver
Why was it hard? Look I try my darndest to be a NICE person…but when books blatantly copy famous novels? I HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM. Abberant actually ripped off Divergent, The Hunger Games and Matched, so badly at one stage I though, “This is a parody, isn’t it? It has to be…or so many people could be suing right now.”
10. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Why was it hard? I read this about 3 years ago, so be nice. But I was scared witless. Sure I was new to reading YA and dystopian but the whole unwinding children’s insides. MY BUNNY SLIPPERS HAVE RUN FOR COVER. Especially the ending and…the arm. If I read it now I’d probably be a lot more logical, but back then, I crawled into Mime’s arms and sobbed for the fake and fictional children who died even though they never existed. Trauma has never been so real.
Just because a book is hard to read does NOT mean I hate it!
But (I see your point) a lot of these I found unnaturally cringe-worthy as just all-round dud books. In my opinion. Yours is no doubt completely different. I will refrain from throwing small hazelnuts at you, because I am fair.
Cait (as you know) is trying to think up blog names and failing. It’s a sad state of affairs, to be honest, and let’s hope she never has to name a child…imagine the stress. ALSO: she just finished Sherlock. She is now on hiatus with all the sobbing fangirls and is mourning the agonies of her life. It is UNFAIR how she must wait until 2016. The cliff-hanger was cruel. THE PLOT WAS BRILLIANT.