Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Top Ten Tuesday - 10 Books that Were Hard to Read
Today's Top Ten Tuesday Topic from The Broke and The Bookish is the top ten books that were hard to read for whatever reason. Here's my 10:
2. The Diary of Anne Frank - I had a similar reaction to this book that I had to The Hiding Place. You forget sometimes what's going to happen because Anne is such a normal girl and then you remember and it's absolutely heart wrenching.
3. Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery - I've read this book several times and it's always been one of my favorites partly because the setting - World War 1 Canada - is so unusual. There have always been parts I've cried during because if you can stay dry-eyed during some of the Dog Monday parts I'm pretty sure you have no heart. However, this most recent time I sobbed throughout the entire book. I think age-wise I identified so much with Anne and Gilbert who were sending their children off to war.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - This wasn't hard to read but during the first night in the arena I had to make myself keep reading. There were characters I really liked and I knew bad things were going to happen and I just didn't want them too.
5. Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie - This is just hard to read. There's 9000 characters and the plot is a jumbled mess.
7. Come Home to Me by Brenda Novak - This book had pretty much every book pet peeve rolled into 1 book. There was a secret child, a potential accidental pregnancy, a guy whose a jerk to the female MC and bunches of TSTL (to stupid to live) characters. The only reason I made it through is because Novak is a great storyteller.
8. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers - I wanted to love this one so much. I wanted to be swept up in Mary Poppins magic. But I just wasn't. Mary was kind of mean and the stories seemed a little random. I think I would've liked it better if I had lower expectations.
9. My Life in France by Julia Child - I don't like Julia. Like really really don't like her. The food stuff was interesting and she was a pioneer in legitimizing the home cook but if she said one more thing about how close minded someone was I was going to throw the book at the wall. It felt like she complained about everyone. I wanted to tell her that maybe she was the problem.
10. This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - There was 1 scene towards the beginning that I just couldn't get past. It ends up getting laughed off but the female lead basically rapes the guy and it's just put down as typical Molly rebellion. I really liked the rest of the book and the characters together but I had a hard time getting past the beginning.