Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

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This weeks books were difficult ones for me select.... But the following is my list of ten!

1. The Son by Philipp Meyer

I'm not a HUGE western genre fan... This novel is set mainly in Texas. It's long, well written enough, but just not that interesting enough of a novel for me. This was a selection made by the book club I belong to currently.

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This is one of those books everyone seems to read and love... Well, unfortunately, I wasn't one of those readers. I read this novel as it was a book group selection and just didn't love it. I'm not quite sure the reason for the appeal of this novel.

3. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This was my first experience reading anything written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I wasn't impressed. The story was okay, but Sherlock Holmes & Watson were not what I expected them to be like.

4. The Island by Jen Minkman

This dystopian novella started out well enough, but little did I know it would turn out so cheesy, so quickly!! Elements/concepts from 'Star Wars' made this read seem plain silly. 

5. Petectives by Robert J. Smith

I thought the concept of having animals as crime solving detectives was cool. The story was told through the eyes of animals as crime fighters, BUT the writing fell flat for me and was uninteresting overall.

6. Worth the Wait by Cindy A. Christiansen

Annoying leading character ruined this novella for me. I don't want to give any spoilers, so will leave it at that.

7. The House of Sand & Fog by Andre Dubus III

Most of the characters and the actions they undertook in this novel were annoying. I didn't like reading this novel at all. I read it when it was an Oprah Book Club Selection.

8. Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy boxed set by Mary Matthews

I didn't like the author's writing style. Ugh, It was difficult to get this collection because I didn't like the writing.

9. An O'Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods

Meddling/irritating characters and predictable storyline are two qualities I don't like when I read a book.

10. The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer

Since I'd already read Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer, I wanted to read the follow up novel The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer as well. It's not that this book wasn't well written, it's just that it contained too much overlap in terms of storyline from Kane & Abel for my liking. This made The Prodigal Daughte feel like deja vu in parts (to me) as it recapped some of the things already mentioned in Kane & Abel.

Which books have you found that make for difficult reading??


  1. The only one I have read from your list is Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and I loved it.
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  2. I've tried to read Hitchhiker's Guide on at least four different occasions. I CANNOT make it through that book. I have no idea why. My brother loved it and couldn't get enough of it. Maybe one of these days I'll actually be able to get to the end.

    1. If you do finish Hitchhiker's Guide, you'll have to let me know what you think of it.